Reporting Pat Sweeting
WATERFORD (WWJ) – The 13th annual “Quake on the Lake” is underway this weekend in Oakland County. Attendance at ”Quake on the Lake” has grown over the years, and this year will be a first for Michigan with the World Championship Inboard Hydroplane Races.
WWJ’s Pat Sweeting caught up with Ken Warby who holds a boat racing record.
“I am the fastest man on water in the world going … 317.60 miles an hour,” said Warby.
Warby set that boat racing record in a 26 foot jet propelled hydroplane that he designed, built and drove 35 years ago. The record still holds and Warby says he is not planning on topping that speed.
Warby will be in town this weekend driving a vintage boat for the ‘Quake’ at Pontiac Lake Recreation area.
Warby says the vintage division is the more fun division.
“There are older boats they are all about 20-25 year old, and we’ve rebuilt them — fought them back to their former glory,” said Warby.
“Quake on the Lake” chairman Dale Hampshire tells WWJ how the race has grown over the years:
“We’ve turned a small race into a national championship race, the last three years, the APBA (American Power Boat Association) has selected us to host three national titles which is pretty unheard of, and the reason for that is because of our venue and the amount of records we have set in the last 12 years,” said Hampshire. “We’ve set 17 world records. That’s why the course is so important to their system.”
Get all the details about “Quake on the Lake” HERE.