I heard all kind of stories how crazy that race was.
I was extremely happy, and I picked Lorentz Näslund to be my co-pilot.
He was very helpful by building the refueling equipment. Lorentz also purchased a new Dodge van to make it easier to travel. Dressed the van up with racing decals and more.
My friend Curre and Hans Holmen from Evinrude Sweden took the long ride from Sweden to Paris with us.. in the new van.
The French customs gave us a hard time, because I did not have a the right document to enter France with my racing boat called Carne ATA.
After many hours of arguments, they put all four of us in jail and I had to call the Swedish Embassy.
After a big fine they let us go.
OMC back then booked more or less half of the Hilton Hotel, Paris next to the Eiffel tower. Most people with race connections stayed there.
Finally in the pit.. and I got the extremely bad news..!!
My entry form for the race had arrived to late..!!!
This was a big time screw up from the Swedish Power Boat Federation.
Jim Wagner from OMC tried to make my case, but Blodinaire was firm and I renamed him “Mr. Bloody Mary”
Lorentz and I was standing there in the pit watching the Bonvicini brothers from Italy win the race..
OMC still paid me and took care of everything.. even when I did not race.
Very nicely done, and thank you OMC