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2004 HS Inductees

Steve DavidDavid has served APBA for over 25 years. He raced Inboard hydroplanes in the 1970s and later became commodore of the Florida Inboard Racing Club. He then co-founded the Ft. Lauderdale Professional Power Boat Racing Association, and served as race chairman for several big events — all while competing. He was a member of the Unlimited Racing Commission Board of Directors and was Chief Referee of APBA Offshore.  On the national level, he served as APBA President for two years and as Sr. Vice President for four years. David has been inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions six times, earning countless racing titles and records.  As President of APBA, Steve convinced his friend Gene Whipp to become Offshore Chairman. Gene was able to bring a struggling category back. Now, once again, Steve works closely with Offshore. Steve is a loyal and dedicated member of APBA who has always served when asked. He is always one of the first to volunteer to work on committees where he is needed, and does not ask how much time is involved — he just does it.
Gary RombergRomberg has served at countless Outboard events as a Race Director and Referee; including huge Nationals and Record Runs. He has served the APBA on all levels with continued dedication and extraordinary effort.  Gary began racing at Stock Outboard events in the mid-1970s. Before retiring from competition in the late 1970s, he developed a great love for the sport. Gary and Bonny Romberg’s three sons also raced with APBA. He served on many race committees, as Region 6 Chairman and as as Race Director and Referee at many Stock and Modified Outboard events.  Gary is able to bring together diverse race committees while running a quality event with fair officiating. For over 25 years, Gary has been a constant asset. He serves on the OPC Commission; has served as a Council Member-at-Large and as APBA’s Special Events Chairman.   He helped the Superlight Tunnel Boat group come into APBA.  Gary was also on the APBA Strategic Planning Committee. In the late 1980s, Gary attempted a comeback in Stock Outboard competition.  While milling for the start in his A-Stock Hydro, Gary waved to the judges’ stand and managed to flip before the heat began.  Gary quickly retired again from competition, but has remained a constant force on the judges’ stands and in meeting rooms. He is one of APBA’s most dedicated, valuable and thoughtful members.