“Out There…Somewhere”: 30 years of drag boats, some things never change…some do

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AUGUSTA, Ga.  (WJBF) – The Augusta Southern Nationals hit the big 3-0, it’s changed over that time but it also hasn’t changed.

“The one thing that hasn’t changed is that beautiful river I love racing on that thing its cold fast water,” said Driver Daryl Ehrlich behind the wheel of the Top Fuel Hydro boat “Problem Child.”

The water has always been cold, but dog gone it the weather has always been…

“Hot very, very, very hot,” said Richard Stevens who has seen most of the races.

One thing that hasn’t changed since the first race is there’s always that fan no matter how hot it is who is wearing jeans I call him “jeans guy.”

He had an umbrella to stay out of the sun but Randy Kidd was wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt.

“Yes keep that sun off of you, said Randy watching with his grandson.

“How hot would it have to be to put on shorts?”

“200 degrees,” he said with a big laugh.

From the first race until now this hasn’t changed the drag races are noisy, but that’s one reason the fans keep coming back.

“I love I love it it’s a rush,” said Doug Percival who has seen most of the races.

Today the boats are in more of a rush then they were 30 years ago

“200 hundred was good in the old days, said Ehrlich.

What are you doing now?”

A good one will make 260 263 4 or 5,” he said.

“You’ve been that fast?

“Oh yeah absolutely, he said.

“At the first race nobody was going 260 miles per hour  you know what else wasn’t happening people playing Pokémon go, no.

“Certain ones one are only found in water so, said Krista Lewis of Stapleton Georgia

So you’re getting ready to play Pokémon Go I think you have to leave.”

30 years of drag boat and what hasn’t change is the fans sure like to see ya. Out there somewhere in Augusta George Eskola WJBF NewsChannel six

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