1978 I raced..SD-Z- ON and the OZ class

After I left Volvo Penta/König late 1977 I had to come up with a plan to get back with OMC Racing..I was 100% sure that Paul Kalb was not the right way to go..

In Sweden Volvo Penta Outboards was big in the SD class..and made a deal with Bengt Nilsson the CEO
for Outboard Marine in Sweden to be 100% OMC sales and racing.
He wanted me to beat the Volvo Penta in the SD class and than race the very popular Z class.
Offshore with a cat and the new Evinrude 235 hp.
On top of that.. one of the biggest bakery’s in Sweden Delicato signed up the be the main sponsor for both boats. Thanks Einar Belvén, the founder of Delicato.
Well..there was one more thing in this deal..I placed the biggest pre-season Evinrude order OMC Sweden ever seen..Clerici built me a special SD cat for the new 2 cylinder 55 hp Evinrude and a brand new design Z class cat from Argo racing boats in Finland.Now my outboard dealership was full of Evinrude outboards and racing boats..
Lots of work but I had very good help from my employers.The first SD race was a enormous success..the Stockholm Grand Prix 1978..
I grabbed the overall win…Well the race was one hour and most SE/OE boats
broke down.
Same thing with the Z class Offshore boat..
We won the first overall 2 hour Offshore race with an average speed of 90 MPH with a stock Evinrude 235.
So..now I was back on the OMC racing map again..
The ON and OZ class racing in 1978 is  under Paris 6 Hours..Click below for link
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Picture  below by Hasse Berggren.
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