Hydroplane book release

Madison duo Farley, Harsin
to release second hydroplane racing book

Third book could be released to highlight movie

By Don Ward

MADISON, Ind. (April 2004) – On the heels of their first collaborative book about unlimited hydroplane racing, “Madison: Hydroplane Heritage,” Fred Farley and Ron Harsin are about to release a second book, this one scheduled to hit the bookstores by June 1.

Ron Harsin
Ron Harsin

Judging from the success of the first book, released in August 2003, the publisher, Bristol Fashion Publications of Harrisburg, Pa., decided to re-organize the first book to make it more marketable on the West Coast. To do so, they took out much of the parts about Madison’s racing history and all the parts about the making of the hydroplane racing movie “Madison.”
The second book, titled “Hydroplane Heritage,” is tentatively set to sell for $24.95. The first book is priced at $34.95 and is still available at the following Madison locations: Fabric Shop, Gifts That Last, Cover to Cover Bookstore, Clifty Inn gift shop and Sam Goodys record store.
“The publisher saw the potential of selling the book on the West Coast but needed to make it less site specific and more generally about hydroplane racing,” said Harsin, 51, who took most of the photos for the first book and helped lay out the pages. Farley, 59, provided the editorial, much of it from previous columns and articles over the years while serving as the official historian for the American Power Boat Association.

Fred Farley
Fred Farley

A third book, meanwhile, also is in the works. The men recently completed the manuscript and sent to press a book titled, “A Century of Gold Cup Racing.” This tome details unlimited hydroplane racing from 1904 to 2004, with photos from all but a few race winners.
The books are to be sold this summer at Hydro-Prop race sites around the country at the APBA booth. They also will be available online at www.amazon.com or at the publisher’s website: www.bfpbooks.com.
A fourth book is being considered that would compile all the information related to the making of the movie “Madison” into a hardbound book, with a price range from $45 to $49, Harsin said. This project depends on the release of the movie sometime this summer and the sales of the first three books.
“The publisher may have Fred and me travel to the hydroplane racing sites this summer to conduct book signings,” said Harsin, who wrote the chapters in the first book on the movie. “The books sell better during racing season.”

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