On The River
Helen E. McKinney
(July 2002) CARROLLTON, Ky. On Aug, 2-4, Carrollton
will play host to Rumble on the River. This new event is a weekend gathering
at Point Park that caters to outboard powered boats and is one
of only a few events in the country to do so, said organizer Gary
The three-day event will feature Australian Ken Warby,
the fastest man on water. Warby has held the world water
speed record for 21 years after reaching 317.60 mph on Blowering Dam
in New South Wales, Australia in 1978. Today, his Spirit of Australia
race boat resides in the National Maritime Museum in Sydney. Warby has
a new boat to fend off challengers.
Williams organized the first such speedboat exhibition last year in
White Oak, Ohio.
This event started out as an idea between an acquaintance and
me. We had between 60 and 80 boats show up from as far away as Canada,
Florida and Maryland, said Williams.
The only problem with the previous location was a lack of camping and
overnight facilities. The event attracted a large turnout. Williams
then decided to scout around for a new location for this event to be
held on the Ohio River.
I raced outboards for nine years when I was younger, and we raced
quite a bit on the Ohio. The sponsoring-hosting towns always went out
of their way to accommodate us, and I never forgot that, he said.
Williams said all boats are welcome and encouraged to attend Rumble
on the River, but the competition portion is for outboard-powered boats
only. Scheduled events include drag races, top speed contests, judged
boat show and display, marine swap meet, a best overall performance
contest and a cookout.
A charity auction of marine equipment will be held at Carrollton Landing,
a bar-restaurant on Main Street near Point Park. All proceeds will be
donated to the Make a Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to seriously
ill children. T-shirts will also be sold for this purpose, and there
will be a boat parade through downtown Carrollton.
Pre-registration will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug 2, at
the main pavilion for the competitive events. A mandatory drivers meeting
will take place there at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
One of the things we like to educate people to is how efficient
an outboard can be when tuned and set up correctly and also boating
safety, said Williams.
We have many confirmed attendees from the Performance Boat Club
of Canada, which is my role model for promoting performance boating
The club does an excellent job of educating drivers on the importance
of safety equipment when running the speeds that some of these boats
are capable of, he said.
For more information, call (614) 777-5885 or
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