O'Dea Engines: Races Won and Records
Dick O’Dea - November
19, 1961 Norristown Pa, New 250 cc Hydro APBA and
UIM kilo record.72.94 MPH.
John Schubert – March
1969 Lakeland, Florida, New World 500cc Hydroplane,
5 mile Competition record of 82.42 MPH. Lakeland,
Florida, March 1969 New World Record, 700cc
Hydroplane 5 mile competition record of 84.91 MPH.
APBA and UIM record. John was also the APBA 500cc
Bill Seebold – April
1972 Dayton, Ohio. OPC Nationals Class R winner and
New 5 Mile competion record of 67.90 MPH. APBA and
UIM world record.
John Woods – October
1965 Alexandria, Louisiana, NOA D runabout National
Champion, 5 Mile competition record holder at 66.225
MPH , NOA. John also won the APBA 700cc Hydroplane
Nationals, in 1966.
Billy Simmons – February
1975 Ocoee, Florida. New Super C, 5 Mile competition
record of 78.43 MPH. APBA and UIM world record.
John Sherlock – April
1983 Moore Haven, Florida. APBA and UIM MOD U World
Kilo Record of 135.804 mph, fastest outboard in the
USA. The engine started life as a stock 225 hp
Mercury. September 1984. A.P.B.A. Champ Boat
five-mile competition record of 99.299 mph. Power
was a 2 liter Mercury EFI engine.
George Andrews Jr. –
October 1983 Welland, Ont. Canadian Boating
Federation Unlimited Outboard record of 132.029 mph,
fastest outboard in Canada. Originally this motor
was a stock Mercury 200 hp. April 1984. APBA and
U.I.M. OZ World Kilo record of 157.425 mph, world’s
fastest outboard, with the same boat and engine that
was used to set the Canadian record.
John Yale - May 6, 1973
Marci NY, World Flying Quarter,700cc Hydro record
110.6 MPH. KT Inboard Flying Quarter record at
111.701 MPH. John was also a two time C-Stock Hydro
National Champion and APBA 700cc Hydroplane and also
850cc Hydroplane National Champion.
Domonic and Paul Palombi – July 1984. First Outboard racers to officially run
over 100 MPH in APBA’s new Offshore class V in their
30-foot Shadow Cat “What-A-Package.”
Kenny Winters – APBA
C-racing runabout National Champion, Sarasota
Skip Birbarie – Won 25SS
Modified Hydro NOA National Championship.
Blake Justice – Set new
American Drag Boat Association quarter mile
unlimited record of 128.38 MPH.
Lynn Nichols – July
1984. A.P.B.A. MOD VP five-mile competition record
of 78.795 mph. two months later, in September 1984,
Nichols broke his own recently-set five-mile MOD VP
competition mark at Essex, MD, with a speed of
Owen Boris – April 1984.
New A.P.B.A. Mod VP record of 114.316 mph. He also
set the NOA record of 118. 461 mph and World’s NOA
unlimited V-Bottom record of 123.347 mph.
- 1967 A.P.B. A. National Champion 350cc hydroplane.
Bob Wanamakers Flying 1/4 Mile
L to R is Tim Butts, John Yale, Dick O'Dea
Dick O'Dea driving Wally Adams B Konig, Lakeland
A Laser Boat number 20 with an Everrude V6 engine built by Dick O'Dea.
Mike Quindazzi - He set a 5 mile Mod VP record on a 1 1/4 mile course at 68.524 mph on May 29,1983 with Boat # 20. He also won the short course nations and the marathon nations on Delta Lake in Rome, NY all in the year 1983.
Running an O'Dea setup Johnson V8 at the Embassy Grand Prix, Bristol Docks England appox.1978.
Stepping my alky Crescent into the D alky race Lakeland
One of a kind Sid-Craft
14 ft. F outboard hydro.
(About 1959 or 1960)
3 photos of world record hydro.
John Sherlock driving.
Photos by George Andrews Jr.