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The Grand Prix West Hydroplanes Are Coming

Grand Prix West Announces Oak Harbor, WA Participation

Hydros for Heroes and Grand Prix West (GPW) are excited to announce that the fastest automotive powered race boats in the world will headline the 2017 event in Oak Harbor, WA., August 19-20, 2017.

"The roar will be coming to our shore", said Craig McKenzie, chairman of the event. "We look forward to hosting GPW and all of the APBA racers at the August event."

This is the second year that McKenzie and Jim Woessner of The Craig McKenzie Team of Keller Williams Whidbey Realty and The Craig McKenzie Team Foundation has led the Oak Harbor event and the first time GPW will be participating which is welcome news for Larry Linn, GPW president.

I am thrilled that we will be racing in Oak Harbor and helping them raise money for local charities through the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor," Linn said." As a Rotarian, it is great that we can bring our boats and race for such a great cause. I know that our team Owners are committed to participate and cannot wait to bring Grand Prix excitement to the event "

As many as eight GPW teams will be on hand for the event, which also showcases other APBA categories. But it is the addition of the supercharged Grand Prix's that will create more local interest and help the event grow.

This is the second new event announced by GPW in the past week. On Friday, a return to the Madison Regatta (June 30-July 2) was made public with more event announcements forthcoming.

Follow Grand Prix West on Facebook and at our web site.

For more information about Grand Prix West contact Sam Cole, or 916-296-2442

Hydros for Heros is an American Power Boats Association registered points paying race event.  For the City of Oak Harbor, the race has a much deeper meaning.  Hydro’s for Heroes is a charity event sponsored by and run by The Craig McKenzie Team Foundation of Keller Williams Whidbey Realty.  The premise of the event highlights the heroes of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and other heroes in our local community such as police, firefighters and other such professions.

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The race is run by Seattle Drag & Ski. The event is operated by volunteers from The Craig McKenzie Team Foundation and the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor with all the net proceeds from the event going to the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor’s charitable works.  Primary among these causes is the Food for Kids Backpack Program.   This program provides food for more than 85 elementary-age children each weekend whereas these kids may not eat between Friday’s free lunch at school and Monday’s free breakfast.P8153525 L


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