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Gar Wood - Packard Powered Boats
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The Detroit News posted an online photo essay of Gar Wood's boat racing highlights over this past weekend.

https://www.detroitnews.com/picture-ga ... dboat-superstar/31490071/

Gar Wood's last race boat, Miss America X, is now on display at the Packard Proving Grounds courtesy of her current owner Henry Mistele.

Gar Wood has a long history with Packard and breaking world's records. His Miss America IX, with 2 Packard engines, was the first boat to reach 100 mph and Miss America X, with 4 Packard engines, was the first boat to reach 120 mph - eventually setting an all-time record of 124.91 mph.

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Posted on: 8/19 6:31:56
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Re: Gar Wood - Packard Powered Boats
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Bet that puppy use some fuel!

Posted on: 8/19 13:28:41
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Re: Gar Wood - Packard Powered Boats
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Quote:

wjames wrote:
Bet that puppy use some fuel!


It was a long distance racing boat and had a 300 gallon fuel tank.

Posted on: 8/20 2:50:28
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Re: Gar Wood - Packard Powered Boats
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Does look like a rum-runner would have liked to have gotten his hands on it though!! Love those classic old wooden boats. Sail or power, there is sure a mystique to the age of wood. Chris.

Posted on: 8/20 12:02:16
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Re: Gar Wood - Packard Powered Boats
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From Lake Lanier, Georgia
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I've long admired the boats Gar Wood built for public consumption. A double cockpit runabout from the late 30's to early 40's is on my bucket list. If the Chrysler inboard is missing I thought it would be neat to find a Packard marine S8. I don't think a triple will ever be in the cards for me but they were incredible boats.

Posted on: 8/20 15:52:14
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Re: Gar Wood - Packard Powered Boats
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The annual Keels & Wheels show in Houston (Clear Lake near NASA) provides and excellent opportunity to see some outstanding wooden hull boats. Oh, and there is always a nice display of motor vehicles too. JWL

Posted on: 8/22 9:56:00
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