Sunday May 6, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FIRE ENGULFS RACE BOAT: Region 10 Rescue Saves Hydroplane and Driver From Fire
Lake Chelan, WA | Apple Cup Regatta | Steve Huff Motorsports | Agitator E98 Pro-Lite Hydroplane
The weather was great, the race fans were there, and the Agitator E98 Pro-Lite Hydroplane was running fast and true. After 2 engine failures last weekend in Yelm, WA, the team arrived in Chelan for the Apple Cup Regatta with a Jim Mauldin engine in hopes of Steve performing as well as he did last year at Manson HydroFest.
Yesterday, the Steve Huff Motorsports team finished 3rd in Heat 1 after a close battle to a photo finish with Kurt Myers e26. Steve and the team then made changes to the Agitator e98 under the guidance of Wally Johnston for heat 2. At the start of the heat, the Agitator was running great and the changes were exactly what they needed. As Steve was driving around the white boat, making a pass for lead, “All of a sudden it just died, all I could think of was getting it restarted so I could get back into the race. That’s when my radio man told me I was on fire,” said Huff.
It was only a matter of seconds before the flames engulfed the hydroplane and the race was stopped by officials. It appeared the Agitator would burn to the water. “It happened so fast. I looked in the mirrors and all I could see was flames and smoke. I knew it was time to unstrap and get the hell out of there. “ Knowing that carbon fiber resin & gasoline are a great combination for a fire, Steve initially struggled a bit, but then he sat back down and cleared his safety equipment to successfully escape without injury.
Steve and the Team have determined that the cause of the fire was due to a bolt in the carburetor coming loose causing a severe fuel leak in engine compartment. Huff added, “It is solely on me. I’m the last person that had my hands on that bolt. I’m glad I’m safe and I can’t thank the Region 10 Rescue team enough for their fast response and preventing the hydroplane from burning to the waterline.” The irony of being on fire on a lake is too much.
It seems funny now to think of all of the TV producers that felt the need to “add drama” into the series that Steve is developing, Huff says, “We do not need to script or create drama, the industry of racing itself is inherently dramatic.” Onboard footage of the fire from the cockpit is available on www.Facebook.com/SteveHuffMotorsports Turn up the sound
Steve Huff is developing an education based television show called “Speed Freaks: The Science of Speed” exploring the math, science, technology and art of creating the fastest vehicles in the world.www.facebook.com/SpeedFreaksTheScienceofSpeed/
The team is heading back to Seattle today to start getting the Agitator E98 ready to race in Richland June 8 – 10 as part of the Northwest Pro-Lite Series Jet Chevrolet & Destination Harley Davidson $10,000 Shootout with prizes from Lifeline Race Gear; a 10 race Pro-Lite Hydroplane racing series in Washington State.
HISTORY – Steve Huff of Steve Huff Motorsports
Steve Huff is a 20 year veteran of racing starting with Formula Ford, Motorcycle Drag Racing, Land Speed Motorcycle Racing, and Electric Drag Racing; now in his rookie year of hydroplane racing in the Northwest. Steve has 14 world and regional speed records and championships.
Steve is also an accomplished custom motorcycle builder with numerous magazine features and covers including winning the International Roadster Show Best In Show and designing & building the world’s fastest electric unlimited volt dragster.
Steve Huff Motorsports racing teams are racing on motorcycles, dragsters, and hydroplanes with the intention of being the first to race at over 200 miles per hour on 2-Wheels, 4-Wheels, and no wheels.
Steve Huff is developing an education based television show called “Speed Freaks: The Science of Speed” exploring the math, science, technology and art of creating the fastest vehicles in the world.
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