Go-Fast Blast From the Past: Donzi 38 ZRC

At its debut, the 38 ZRC looked like it was going fast when sitting still.

Donzi 38 ZRC
Donzi 38 ZRCDonzi

At the Miami Boat Show in 2002, then-Donzi CEO, Lee Kimmel, stepped to the podium and introduced a new model, saying that Donzi was going to win the 2003 world and national championships in the Factory 2 and Super Vee classes. After Donzi personnel pulled the black cloth off the 38 ZRC, it was easy to see why Kimmel was so confident.

With its twin-stepped bottom and quarter canopies for the open-top model, the sit-down hot rod looked like it was going fast when sitting still. The boat went on to win the Factory 2 class national championship in 2003 and 2004, and the national and world championships in the Super Vee class, which featured an enclosed-cockpit version of the boat, the same seasons.