Allan Brown offers his “downright bawdy recollections” of the heyday of offshore powerboat racing in a new book, Tales from Thunderboat Row. According to his website the author is an offshore racer/builder who spent 17 years working on N.E. 188th Street, Aventura, Florida: The fabled Thunderboat Row. “Brownie” did four years at Donzi Marine, five years at Magnum Marine, five years at Cougar Marine, and three years at Cigarette Racing Team.
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The book consists of 54 stories, all written by Brownie, covering racing, boatbuilding, woman chasing, beer drinking and related activities. Subjects of the stories include Don Aronow, Sam Griffith, Dick Bertram, Jim Wynne, Walt Walters, Jim Breuil, Jake Trotter, Harry Schoell, Tim Chisholm, Sonny Levi, Odell Lewis, Johnny Bakos, Bobby Moore, Sammy James, Elton Cary, Al Copeland, John Holman, Dinny Phipps, Red Crise, Jack Manson, Bill Wishnick, Carl Kiekhaefer and dozens of others.
Racing legend Rich Luhrs adds his colorful and humorous foreword to the book.
Copies of the book ($100) can be ordered at talesfromthunderboatrow.com.