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1997 HS Inductees

Norm SchaubSchaub started racing in the Stock Outboard category in 1955, in the heyday of heavy competition. The Stock category alone had over 3,000 drivers. Never satisfied with safety rules and many others, Schaub began officiating and left the driving to his sons Doug and Brad (who won numerous national championships). He served as their mechanic, pit crew and financier. Schaub helped bring the Stock Outboard Nationals to upper Michigan from 1980-1990, and the Stock and Mod Nationals in 1992 and ’94. Since 1983 he was reelected unanimously as Region 7 Chairman. Commodore of Wisconsin Powerboat Racing Association from 1968-72, he worked for years as referee or race chairman of the OPC Nationals. He organized cockpit “dunk” training at Region 7 meetings, and promoted collapsible pickleforks on tunnel boats. Schaub has been OPC chief referee while his wife Beth served as chief scorer at almost every race the family attended. He served on the OPC Commission and on the APBA Executive Committee from 1989-92, and on the Stock Outboard Racing Commission from 1979-85. With Schaub’s ambition, drive and dedication, he lent a guiding hand to APBA and Region 7. He is a credit to the Honor Squadron.
Tom D'EathD'Eath is a three-time winner of the APBA Gold Cup and of the Prince Edward Canadian Gold Cup — the only person ever to win each country’s Gold Cup three times and to win both in the same season (1976). The 7-time world champion set many records and is a many-time APBA Hall of Champions inductee in both Inboard and Unlimited.  Dubbed “Mr. Hydroplane” by Powerboat Magazine, D’Eath was a driver, designer, boat and engine builder, and consultant to race teams; the first driver to win a Gold Cup in a cabover Unlimited; and the first to win with the Allison power plant. His father, the late Al D’Eath, raced in the 1940s and 1950s, and Tom started racing at the age of 14 in A Utility Stock Outboard, then in 280 class and 150 cubic inch hydroplanes. He set a 1971 kilo record with his boat Southern Style, and won three national championships. He also set records and won races in Offshore in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The first 2.5 Litre Mod he designed and built is a four-time Inboard national champion that held all class competition records. D’Eath’s 5 Litre engines won championships and set records. He started racing Unlimiteds in 1973 with George Simon’s Miss U.S. and drove others during his career. D’Eath retired from driving in 1991. In 1994, he headed up the new APBA Vintage & Historic division. In 1997 D’Eath was inducted into the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame.
Ron HillHill's father Russ, Sr., had raced on the West Coast since 1935 and Hill literally cut his teeth in his father’s C Racing Runabout, biting the steering wheel. No surprise that little Ron caught the racing bug. In 1955, his father signed him up (underage) and he won Region 12 High Points in AU. In 1956 he finished third in AU at the Stock Outboard Nationals.  He was inducted into the Evinrude 100 MPH Club, several times in the Hall of Champions, and in 1967 won the John Ward Trophy. In one day he broke three kilo records, and was the first Outboard driver ever to lead the Parker Enduro. In 1965-66, 1970 and 1977 he was D Runabout Champion. He served as Commodore of SCOA and five-time Region 12 Chairman. During these tenures he helped bring COBRA into APBA. He and his wife Barbara put on the APBA National Convention in Las Vegas; he worked with Earl Palmer to bring back the Halves Classic Race; he involved several manufacturers in Mod VP racing. His son Chad also raced in APBA. In the early 1980s Ron created the Parker Mini Enduro, and the C-NOD (CP), 0-NOD (Sport C), and U-NOD (Mod C) classes. With Tom Ige, he generated the 20SSR and 20SSH Yamato classes and the Mod VP class. He fought for adoption of capsules and transom height rules. An APBA member for 42 years, he has inspired and helped many other drivers to participate in this sport.