Fast Blast from the Past

Don Aronow's success spawned the "cigarette boat".

They wouldn’t still be referred to by the media as “cigarette boats” if Don Aronow hadn’t been so successful racing his 32-foot Cary, “The Cigarette,” which was named after a notorious prohibition-era rum smuggler. The boat was powered by a pair of 475 hp Kiekhaefer MerCruisers, and Aronow won eight races with it, including Long Beach to Ensenada, averaging 76.2 mph. He also broke the Miami-Nassau speed record and won a third consecutive national championship, plus his third world title in three years.