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A young Dick Pond racing Mercs


Early Race Program Info on Dick Pond


(Photo courtesy of Karen Cadle)

World Champ, Dick Pond


Dick Pond was originally from Keokuk, IA, a town just up the river from Quincy, IL. Dick was one of the best kneel down boat drivers around during the 50's and 60's. Dick started racing in 1953, driving A/B equipment for Ross Gibson out of Macomb, IL, and C/D/F equipment for Marvin Penn out of Meyer, IL. In one weekend in Texas and Oklahoma, Dick won 20 firsts, five seconds, and one third in 32 races. He won D Runabout championships three years in a row (1957, 1958 and 1959). In 1959, he was national high point driver finishing 20,000 points ahead of his closest competitor.

1961 World Championship Winner


In 1961, he won the B Hydro championship in Minneapolis, MN, driving for Bill Tenney, running a DeSilva Hydro with an Anzani engine.

Newspaper Article: Dick Pond receives High Points Trophy


Date of the article is not known. (photo courtersy of Karen Cadle)

Newspaper Photo: Dick Pond, Fred Goehl and Billy Seebold


Photo was taken at Lake Springfield, Illinois. (photo courtesy of Karen Cadle)

Newspaper Article; Dick Pond wins 20 Firsts in OK, TX Races


Date of the article is not known. (photo courtesy of Karen Cadle)

Driving for Marshall Grant


In 1962, Dick teamed up with Marshall Grant. Marshall owned the equipment and Dick did the driving. Marshall's team ran Merc Quincy and Quincy Looper engines during this time period. Marshall did most of the set-up and engine tuning. Probably the most famous runabout in racing was the "Ring of Fire" DeSilva that Dick and Marshall campaigned. While driving for Marshall, Dick earned 5 world titles, 3 straight-a-way records, and won the NOA North/South Championship US Grant trophy twice. The 1962 Mishey-Vincent Trophy, one of the most coveted awards in the Professional Division, went to Dick Pond. Dick retired from driving in the late 1960's. All together Dick Pond held 12 World Championships.

Dick & Marshall Grant