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1965 - Dick racing at Sanford, MI


Dick Austin and John McMullen at Sandford Lake, MI, in 1965. Dick started racing in the F Alky Hydro Class. In his third year he won the APBA Nationals at Depue, the APBA National High Point, the NOA Nationals at Sandford Lake MI and set a new NOA F Hydro straight-a-way record. On one of the many attempts, he made a one way pass of 110.4 MPH.

1965 - NOA Nationals


First heat of F - 1000cc Hydros at the NOA Nationals at Alexandria, LA. John McMullen is at the center of photo and Dick Austin at left. Both John and Dick won their qualifying heats with Quincy Modified Mercs. They finished the finals with John taking 1st and Dick taking 2nd place.

1965 article - NOA Nationals


1965 newspaper article about Dick Austin at the NOA Nationals at Alexandria, LA. At 22 years of age Dick was already winning races and attempting to set speed records.

1966 - Dick racing M-21


1966 at the Eastern National championships in Pomeroy, Ohio, on the Ohio River.

1966 Record Run


1966 - World Speed Record AND Championship


In 1968 Dick not only won the World Championship in F Hydro, he also set a world speed record for the 1/2 mile straightaway in F Hydro at 107.143 mph with his Quincy modified Merc.

1967 - Dick with his M-21 Boat


1967 - M14 John McMullen


1968 - Dick Austin & outfit


1968 NOA National at Forest Lake Minnesota. Please note on the trailer that Dick was the 1966 NOA World Champion in F Hydro and also set a speed record of 107.143 (at Lake Sanford, MI) with a Quincy mod Merc.

1968 - Austin on left, John McMullen on right


Waiting for a XF Hydro race to start. 1968 Mich Outboard Association race on the Saginaw River in Saginaw, MI.