Grand Prix America Hydros
Water Follies is excited to welcome the automotive-powered hydroplanes of Grand Prix America (GPA) back for the HAPO Columbia Cup. Grand Prix America is a class and club in the American Powerboat Association with the goal of bringing the thunder back to the fans of boat racing.
They bring close competitive racing with lots of noise Deck to Deck and full-throttle fight for lanes.
When the Grand Prix fires its engine, it will be sure to get the attention of the entire shoreline. At 26 feet long, most GPA boats are only slightly smaller than an unlimited hydroplane. GPAs tip the scales at roughly 3000lbs, less than half of what their big brothers the Unlimited Hydroplanes weigh. These boats are powered by 468 cubic inch big block engines with a 6-71 blower turning at 120 percent of crankshaft speed. In other words…REALLY FAST!
Plans include the participation of seven GPA boats from the Grand Prix America organization. There will be two GPA preliminary heats on Saturday, one more on Sunday, and the final heat. Although they do not have qualifying like the Unlimiteds, expect plenty of testing to occur on Friday. There are also plans for several GPA boat displays around town prior to race weekend.
Grand Prix America Hydroplanes are sponsored by UA Local 598 and Signatory Contractor.