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Photographer Jay Nichols came back from the Florida Powerboat Club's annual Key West Poker Run a couple of weeks ago with thousands of images. In fact, he's still uploading them to his Flckr Gallery, which is getting tens of thousands of views per day. Such is the desire of go-fast boat lovers to see warm-weather shots of their favorite subject when the weather starts to get cold.
What we like about the image above—and why it's our choice for Image of the Week—isn't the hardware, the high-speed action or the spectacular scenery. (Search Nichols' gallery and you'll find plenty of those shots.) What we like is that all five of the guys on board this Skater catamaran are wearing their Lifeline high-performance jackets.
Yes, we know it's a Florida Powerboat Club rule. Yes, we also know it's just common sense to wear them—PFDs don't do much good when you're not—supported by endless research and statistics. But we also know that vests aren't the most comfortable things to wear on a hot day in the Florida Keys.
That said, they sure don't appear to cutting into the good time of any of these guys in this boat.
In conjunction with the unveiling of its QC4v concept automotive crate engine at the 50th annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show last week in Las Vegas, Mercury Racing has released a new promotional video called, "Mercury Racing: Fast. Present. Future." Backed only with a soundtrack, the minute-and-a-half video chronicles the company's history of involvement in the automotive racing and high-performance powerboat worlds. (Click here to watch the video.)
Prominently featured in the video is a Dave's Custom Boats M41 catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines, the Miss GEICO offshore raceboat powered by a pair of 1650s and the super car unveiled at the SEMA show (read the story), which was outfitted with the 1,650-hp crate version of the engine.
Under the category of, "This isn't nearly as close as it looks" comes this Jay Nichols image from last week's Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships. Long camera lenses that zoom in on the action make objects appear closer than they are, both to the photographer and one another.
Nichols caught this one during Saturday's testing and practice session from the Pier House, one of his favorite Key West shooting perches. As you can see from the photo, the 48-foot Marine Technology, Inc., CMS offshore racing catamaran, which finished second overall in the Superboat Unlimited class, definitely caught the attention of the folks on the sailboat.
In just one year, AM Hot Rod Glass, a division of Aero-Marine in Fontana, Calif., has developed a solid reputation in the custom automotive industry. That reputation was reinforced last week when the company's latest project—an acrylic rear window that was part of a handmade lift-off roof on the 2014 Mustang GT Convertible by Hollywood Hot Rods—got an assist as the Mustang masterpiece earned Hollywood Hot Rods' Troy Ladd the Ford Motor Company's "Product Excellence Award."
Collaborating with talented designer Eric Black, Ladd revealed the custom Mustang and its removable brushed aluminum hard top in the Ford booth during the 2013 Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show. The day after winning the award, Ladd had the car, which included upgrades such as a Ford Racing supercharger and intercooler kit, CorteX Racing front and rear suspension, Ford Sparco seats and Pirelli P Zero tires, at the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Pahrump, Nev.