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The 2021 MPR Awards Banquet
October 15, 2021

The 2021 MPR Awards Banquet is coming up soon, RSVP now!

Detroit Hydroplane Legend Fred Alter Passes Away
January 13, 2021

Detroit Hydroplane Legend Fred Alter Passes Away at the Age of 94

Fred Alter, one of the great names in Detroit hydroplane history and a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy Air as a pilot, passed away Saturday, January 9th, at the age of 94.

Even though Alter drove many different classes of boats, he is best known for his role with the unlimited hydroplanes. Alter piloted more unlimited boats in competition than anyone else (19), winning three primary races. After retiring as a driver, he served the sport for three years as APBA Unlimited Commissioner (1981-84). In 1999, he suited up once again to be a driver in the filming of the MADISON movie that was a dramatization of the 1971 Madison Gold Cup Regatta.

A sales representative for the William P. Young Company in Detroit, Alter's first unlimited ride came in 1955 with Bill Stroh's ‘Miss Detroit.’ His most successful seasons were between 1956 and 1958. He was the fastest 1956 Gold Cup qualifier and won the 1957 Detroit Memorial Regatta with Jack Schafer's ‘Such Crust III.’ He captured the 1956 Indiana Governor's Cup driving George Simon's original MISS U.S. I and the 1958 International Cup in the second MISS U.S. I.

"I may not win, but I'm spectacular," Alter would joke with his boat crew. And he was spectacular enough to be nicknamed "Fearless Fred."

In the 1957 Silver Cup Race on the Detroit River, Alter was thrown out of the Miss U.S. while leading Gold Cup-winner Jack Regas in Hawaii Kai.

"Fred shot out of Miss U.S. like a rocket,” Regas said. ”He hit the water and tumbled like a rag doll.” Regas drove to Alter's aid only to be greeted by "Thanks, Jack" before swimming back to his boat and driving it back to the pits.

He did an encore four years later in the President's Cup on the Potomac River in Washington D.C. when he survived a 130 mile an hour disintegration in the ‘SUCH CRUST IV.’  The right side of the entire boat was sheared off. Alter was thrown out of the driver's seat, bouncing onto the Allison engine, before rebounding back into the driver’s seat. As Alter struggled to free himself from the sinking boat, Bob Schroeder shut down his boat the Gale VII, leaped aboard the quickly submerging SUCH CRUST IV and rescued the stricken Alter.

The two accidents did more for Alter and his fellow drivers than all of his victories or daring feats on water.

He became a crusader for driver safety. Bright colored helmets to make the driver more visible in the water, smoke flares and the stopping of a race when a driver was in the water became mandatory.

Alter was inducted into the Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame in 1983, the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2013, and was Honorary Race Chairman of the Detroit Hydrofest race in 2016.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Great Lakes Maritime Institute/Pioneers of Power Boating, P.O. Box 1990, Dearborn, MI 48121. (GLMI/POP is a 501(c)3 organization). A Celebration of Life is being planned for late spring.

Goodbye Fred, may peace be with you. You will be missed!

FINALLY, A REASON TO CELEBRATE!
September 7, 2020

Tina & Jim Wilson have graciously invited ALL Prop Riders for a social gathering at their house.

Date: September 12th  Time: 5:00pm
They have a yard big enough to welcome all.

Their house is about 15 minutes away from the Pontiac Lake race site. Y’all remember Pontiac Lake State Park?  We’ll be back there, someday.

The occasion: Well there really isn’t one; except for the fact that with the way this year has been, we haven’t had the opportunity to gather socially after the final heat, nor will there be a banquet to bench race and catch up with everyone.

MPR members attending are asked to bring a dish to pass. Tina & Jim have volunteered to supply drinks (hoo, boy!). MPR will provide hot dogs & bratwurst & buns. They have plenty of seating.

On behalf of all MPR members, I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to Tina & Jim for this invitation.
 
Barry

2019 Winners and Awards
November 13, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!

Overall High Points – Tim Collins
1 Litre – Tim Collins
2.5 Stock – Christina Wilson
2.5 Mod – Dillon Goodell
5 LitreDillon Goodell
National Modified – BJ Maduri
Grand National Hydroplane
– Fred Sherer and Phil Mitchell
Grand Prix – (not awarded in 2019)

Prop Rider of the Year – Christina Wilson
Rookie of the Year – Geoff Scott
Hard Luck Award – Jim Sechler
Doc Terry Award – Kathy Maraldo
Jim and Elsie Edwards Memorial Vintage Team Award – John Bridge
Grant Ward Unsung Hero Award – Dave Noble
Hard Charger Award – Dillon Goodell

2019 Awards Banquet, November 9
September 9, 2019

2018 Winners and Awards
November 19, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners!

Overall High Points – Chris Ritz
1 Litre – Chris Ritz
2.5 Stock – Keith Fickert
2.5 Mod – Kevin Kreitzer
5 Litre – Bobby King
National Modified – Tom Newman
Grand National Hydroplane
– Steve Kuhr
Grand Prix – Mario Maraldo

Prop Rider of the Year – Mario Maraldo
Rookie of the Year – Dillon Goodell
Hard Luck Award – Greg Kreitzer
Jim and Elsie Edwards Memorial Vintage Team Award – Royce and Kathy Richards
Doc Terry Award – Mike Terry
Grant Ward Unsung Hero Award – Tom English

2018 Awards Banquet, Saturday November 10th
October 4, 2018

2017 Winners and Awards
November 28, 2017
Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

Overall High Points – Tim Collins
1 Litre – Tim Collins
2.5 Stock – Keith Fickert
2.5 Mod – Kevin Kreitzer
5 Litre – Andy Keogh
National Modified – Tom Newman
Grand National Hydroplane
– Steve Kuhr
Grand Prix – Royce Richards

Prop Rider of the Year – Jim Sechler
Rookie of the Year – David Turner
Hard Luck Award – Turner Racing Team
Jim and Elsie Edwards Memorial Vintage Team Award – Lori & Mark Weber
Doc Terry Award – Mike Weber
Grant Ward Unsung Hero Award – Greg Kreitzer