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RegattaFest Unveils Two Perpetual Trophies

September 26, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

Another chapter in the 80-year history of APBA sanctioned powerboat boat racing in New Martinsville will begin on Sept. 30 when two new perpetual awards will be presented during the RegattaFest championship finals for the Formula 2 and Formula 3 racing classes.

The "Wetzel County Cup" will be presented to the Formula 2 winner at the conclusion of their Divisional Championship event. RegattaFest developed the trophy to honor the assistance that the Wetzel County Commission has provided to the event since its inception seven years ago. Without their continuing support, RegattaFest would not be able to provide two days of racing, live music, and kids' activities free fun for the entire county and surrounding areas.

Capable of 110 miles-per-hour in competition, the Formula 2 tunnel boat class has been a part of RegattaFest since the beginning when Terry Rinker from Tampa, Florida set the quarter-mile straight-a-way record at 116.299 in 2012, an honor he continues to hold. The field for 2018 is packed with defending, current and former champions, all vying for an opportunity to have their name as the first winner of the Wetzel County Cup. The perpetual trophy will stay in New Martinsville and will be displayed in the Wetzel County Courthouse, with the winner getting a replica to keep.

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Wetzel County Commissioners Larry Lemon, Bob Gorby, and Lisa Heasley display the Wetzel County Cup.

The "City of New Martinsville Trophy" will be presented for the first time on Sept. 30 to the winner of the Formula 3 Class. RegattaFest created this award to honor the City of New Martinsville, city council, and the various city departments for their support of RegattaFest. Like the county commission, the city has been an integral part of the on-going success of the early fall festival.

Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines power Formula 3 racing boats punching the craft to 90 miles-per-hour. And, like the F2 class, the F3s have been a part of RegattaFest from the beginning when Rob Rinker set the first world quarter-mile speed record in 2012. It was shattered a year later by Sammy Miller, and that record has never been broken. The 2018 field is populated with national and series champions, and one of them will have the distinction of being the first to have his or her name engraved on the trophy. The perpetual trophy will be on display at City Hall throughout the year; the winner receives a replica to take home.

Mark your calendars and make plans for two full days of the adrenaline-pushing, heart-thumping racing action as well as a full schedule of live entertainment, Sept. 29-30 in downtown New Martinsville, West Virginia along the banks of the Ohio River at Firemen's Park. Grab your friends, bring your family and don't forget your lawn chairs. It's Fast, it's Fun, and best of all, it's free.



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