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1991 HS Inductees

O.F. ChristnerChristner made outstanding contributions to power boat racing for over 40 years. O.F. Christner’s Quincy Mercury and Quincy Looper racing engines dominated the PRO and Modified Outboard categories from the 1950s to the 1980s. Christner converted a production Mercury engine into a racing machine and made it available to the average racer as the Quincy-Merc. He then designed myriad other special parts and accessories at affordable prices. Quincy Loopers helped Jerry Waldman rewrite the record book and win over 45 national championships. Christner helped revolutionize the sport of Alky Outboard racing with his inventiveness and mechanical know-how. Over many years, directly and indirectly, he brought countless competitors to the Alky classes
Gilbert PetermannFew drivers contributed more to PRO racing over such a long time as Gilbert Petermann of Malvern, NY, an innovator and a champion since 1938. Beginning with a Jacoby hydroplane and a Johnson KR racing engine, Gib won an astonishing 28 consecutive heat wins. His first APBA championship came in 1953 in 250cc Hydro.  After the 1954 season Gib retired from competition, but came back in 1978 to win the C Service Hydro Nationals. As hulls and engines came and went, he won with whatever was currently hot. At age 66, Petermann began competing in the U.S. Title Series and often beat drivers half his age. He also set an APBA kilo record in C Service Hydro.  At the PRO Nationals he won titles for three consecutive years, each in a different class. He was one of the first drivers to float a hydro, and also experimented with aerodynamic devices to help improve stability. Petermann often shared his wealth of racing knowledge, even with his competitors.  The man was a living legend and an inspiration to young drivers