Small World..Paris 6 Hours 1978 was a very big deal for me.

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Racing the brutal mean Formula One OZ class in Paris 6 Hours was every race drivers dream.
Very few drivers have done this..
1978 was the year I got the opportunity.
Renato Molinari wanted Angelo Vassena of Italy and me to race his second
Molinari/Saffa/Evinrude V6 CCC team boat in probably the toughest marathon race of them all.
Here is a link to this story..
The missing part from this race is good pictures of the #11 Molinari/Saffa/Evinrude V6 CCC.
Well.. today I was scrolling around on Facebook and did see a Molinari/Saffa/Evinrude V6 CCC boat on the cover of a German book.
I asked if this was from the race in Paris 1978 and Roman Chudo answered the next question was is it Angelo or me driving so I asked for a better copy.

Simone Schuft stepped in and sent me better pictures and you can clearly see the driver using a Swedish Öberg safety jacket and an AKAI helmet.
After 39 years I finally found good pictures of me driving in the 1978 Paris race.
One more picture in this book shows the same Swedish driver in boat #11 passing  Erwin Zimmermann of Austria in his yellow/red Molinari/Johnson V6 RS entry on the inside.
This race was for me a very big thing.

More from Paris 1978 here:
Thank you very much.

Well..One more important point. I wish there was pictures of my very best Italian friend Angelo Vassena driving the boat also. We lost Angelo a few years ago.
R.I.P my friend.

The complete F1-V8 Race Program from Como, Italy 1983.

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The complete F1-V8 Race Program from Como, Italy 1983.
Drivers, boats and much more.
Very interesting because this was my very first F1-V8 race ever as a driver.
I remember Lake Como was flooded that year and pretty tough race conditions from wind and rain.
Please enjoy.
Thanks to Motorglass Piacenza for the pictures.

Marvin Catrett & Evolution Marine – High Performance OMC V6 and V8 engines.

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I meet Marvin Catrett the owner of Evolution Marine in Morgan City, Louisiana
1987 at a  Offshore race in Marathon.
Marvin was big into making lots of horse power out of stock OMC V8 production outboards.
If I remember right the Phase 4 modifications of the OMC V8 was the most powerful.
He supplied three of the Phase 4 V8 engines for a 38 ft Larry Smith built Scarab.
This boat was used as a pace boat and rescue boat at the Offshore races.
A ended up buying this boat and exported it to Patrick Rinne in Finland.
(Last picture)
Patrick raced the boat a few times in the Stockholm – Helsinki race 1988.
There was two Evolution Marine Scarab 38 built and rigged the same way.
Also a 43 ft with similar rigging.
Here is a mix of pictures.
In 1999 we traveled to Morgan City in our Motorhome home and parked at his house.
Marvin’s wife Donna made Cajun style crawfish and we had a very good time.
Thanks for all the fun memories Marvin.
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