"Racer Bob" Dabrowski

A-75
Koegel's
Active Years: 
1977-2007

Owner/Driver: Robert "Racer Bob" Dabrowski
Home Port: West Bloomfield, MI
Crew Chief: Tom English
Hull: Ron Jones Sr.
Engine: L.S.M. Systems Engineering
Class: 2.5 Litre Modified (BMW 6 cyl)

 

Race In Peace "Racer Bob" - January 2022

Robert "Racer Bob" Dabrowski is a long-time and very dedicated MPR member. He was instrumental in developing the Quake On The Lake race in Waterford, MI, and is currently working on a race at Stony Creek MetroPark.

Photo by Phil Kunz
A-75
Photo by Phil Kunz
"Racer Bob"
"Racer Bob"
Portrait photo
Portrait photo
On the cover of Propeller magazine
The Specialist
On the cover of Propeller magazine

"Racer Bob" attended his first limited inboard race at Ford Lake (Ypsilanti MI) in 1972, and 2 years later qualified as a driver on the same race course in a Ron Jones "145" kit boat*1, S-421 Aeroplane. In 1974 he ordered a brand new Ed Karelsen "225" cab-over [where the driver sits forward of the engine].

In 1977 he won his first major race, the Southland Sweepstakes in St. Petersburg Florida, running against Country Boy, Tiger, Deel Me In, Super Star, PaynPak and a bunch of other top notch competitors. A photo of "Racer Bob" on his way to the win was featured on the cover of the APBA's Propeller magazine (seen below). He has driven at least a dozen boats since that time, his current boat is a 2.5 Litre Modified Ron Jones hydro and was the 2002 MACH series champion.

Highlights and Awards:

First win: Southland Sweepstakes in 1977
2002 MACH series Champion
MPR positions held: President and various Board of Directors positions
Marine Prop Rider Of The Year award recipient

 

*1 2022: Terry Collins has submitted a correction to the "Ron Jones kit boat" part. He says:
Actually this boat was built by former MPR VP Gene Miller, from Dick Sooy plans. A great boat to start off with. The name "Aeroplane" came from the 3rd owner of the boat, Dennis Fornal. His family owned "Aero" personnel agency...hence the name. He bought the boat from me circa 1972 or so. When I owned the boat someone asked what am I going to call it, my reply, I can't put it on there because it's a "Dirty Word". That's why it was named "Dirty Word". At the time, my brother owned "Stinger" E 124, I wanted to have the same number but it was not available, so I reversed it to 421. When Gene Miller built the boat he didn't care for the pointed bow common to Sooy at the time so he rounded it off. He forgot to measure and luckily the boat came in at exactly 13' 6", so he named it "Short Cut". Denny sold it to a fella who's name I don't recall... (Krakiola??). Years later it showed up outside the Sylvan Lake pit gate, with a spoiler on the transom, for sale as the Sooy Factory Entry. Never to be seen again.