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Re: Sanger circle boat
« Reply #300 on: January 12, 2011, 07:40:00 am »
I know the feeling John.....reminds me when I found the original owner of the Rootin Tootin Raspberry.  :thumbup:
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« Reply #301 on: January 13, 2011, 05:24:35 pm »
I know the feeling John.....reminds me when I found the original owner of the Rootin Tootin Raspberry.  :thumbup:

LOL Brad, I bet!   While this boat doesnt have "racing" heritage, it has historical value in spades!   Sounds like it's fully documented to the point theyre putting together a "portfolio" for Ian.

I'll share what I know soon.

Glenn, Ian mentioned you might still have the original droop and nozzle from this.  If you do, I would be very much interested in buying it from you.   Hal has the Calgo steering but unfortunately is using it so that will be tough come come up with but I'm gonna try,'

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« Reply #302 on: January 13, 2011, 10:52:44 pm »
LOL Brad, I bet!   While this boat doesnt have "racing" heritage, it has historical value in spades!   Sounds like it's fully documented to the point theyre putting together a "portfolio" for Ian.

I'll share what I know soon.

Glenn, Ian mentioned you might still have the original droop and nozzle from this.  If you do, I would be very much interested in buying it from you.   Hal has the Calgo steering but unfortunately is using it so that will be tough come come up with but I'm gonna try,'

Well John, as much as I would love to get those parts to you, the entire pump and rigging is installed in White Trash right now, I sold the original pump from Trash a couple years ago because I needed more impeller and had to get the split bowl for adding the droop to remedy a major handling issue.

That being said, I found another full Droop and I think I gave the original race nozzle to Tom when I sold the boat, which reminds me....Tommy, I will be sending you a wish list very soon... :D

I will get all the details worked out sometime next week, it has been stupid busy here lately, going to be working 20 hours just this weekend... :screwy:

Hope all is well.

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If i get some free time tonight at work, ill play with it and post it for everyone to see.

Time to man up and yank it John!  :banghead:
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« Reply #303 on: January 14, 2011, 08:19:12 am »
No worries Glenn.  I just thought I would ask in case it was just taking up space in the shop.   Thanks anyway.



Okay, here's a bit more of the story.   Glenn and Tommy, feel free to edit as needed.

Okay, I apologize in advance if this rambles a bit and I’m certain that the story will grow but here goes what I know at the moment.

I’ll start with what we’ve have known in the past.

From what I understand Glenn went to look at this boat in 1996.  The boat was in a warehouse and completely unrigged.  The aluminum was still in the boxes from having been anodized.  The paint was perfect as was the floor and upolstrey.  There was an all aluminum ZL1 Chev motor with injection setting alongside it and likely belonged to the boat.   

The guys that were selling it wanted $7500 minus motor and exhaust so he passed on it but kept his eye on it.

Fast forward to 10 years later where it came up for sale again and Glenn went to look at it.  Unfortunately, by that time, they had pushed it outside and the sun had done damage to the incredible paint and upholstery.  The boat was still unrigged.

Glenn bought the boat at that time and brought it home.  He documented what he had found and stored it.  Unfortunately at the time, he couldn’t put time and money into it so he decided to sell it.

In 2008 Tommy at JetBoatPerformance bought the boat and brought it into their capable hands.  Josh worked his magic assembling all the anodized rail kits and finished rigging the cav plate hardware.   They assembed the boat, installing a rebuilt pump, diverter, cables and made it a workable boat.  They had a blown BBC in it for a while and tried a variety of setups before electing to focus on the next project and putting the Sanger up for sale.

In March 2009 my son, Ian,  bought the boat and we had a great father and son trip south to pick it up as well as my new blower motor I was having Barry Obler at Obnoxious Racing Engines assemble for me.

We brought it home and Ian spent all his free time buffing and detailing the boat back.  The California sun had unfortunately done its damage to the paint but I gotta admit, Ian was able to bring back a lot of it’s luster. 
 
Looking at it closer we found so many details like pinstriping on the bottom of the boat, pinstriping inside the suction housing, braided trailer wire, murals, pinstriped and parquet floor and very faintly the sign on the dash that said “Prepared by Sano Don La Franchi”   

Looking at this boat I was certain it was different and may have some history so I started doing searches to the names on all the boat sites I could think of but unfortunately came up empty.  A number of folks mentioned that the name “UFO” sounded familiar but they couldn’t remember who had it.

The whole time in the back of my mind I kept thinking about when I was younger Jan and I would go to the car shows and see all the awesome hotrods (and yes, even vans) and in the shows there were often some bitchin boats in the show as well.  Given this I thought it might have had some time on the showroom floor so I started posting on all the hotrodders sites as well but alas, no luck.

Unfortunately, Ian, like so many was hit by the economy and was laid off of his job.  It was tough timing as the big Labor Day event was quickly approaching but he regrettably didn’t have much money to get a motor and finish the boat.   Soooooo, against my better judgment, I turned him loose in my shop and spare parts and was able to assemble a BBC and all the fixings to get the boat running.  A couple of our friends kicked in some spare parts as well and we’ll be forever grateful.   

He had a great time over the big gathering and though there were so many big dollar boats, Ian’s boat always had a crowd around it. The more you stare at this boat the more you realize just how different it is.

Upon returning from the big bash, Ian applied and was accepted to Central Washington University to make something of himself instead of ending up a flake like me.

Now, fast forward to over this last holiday weekend when he was home from college and decided to play a prank on me by installing my blower motor in his boat.  The look just blew me away and inspired me again to try to find the history of this incredible boat.

I had posted everywhere I could think of, Googled it, Bing’d it and searched anyway I could think of and could never find anything. The only lead we had  was “Prespared by Sano Don La Franchi”.

Just for grins I tried something I had never done, FaceBook. What are the odds of somebody like Don La Franchi being on FaceBook?
Well, low and behold there WAS a Don La Franchi on FaceBook and the area listed sounded about right. (San Francisco).

I sent him a private message mentioning my son buying a boat with a Don La Fanchi name on the dash and would he have been involved in it or did he have any tips he would be willing to share. 

His quick reply was “if this is about UFO II, call me at **********”

I was blown away that out of the blue I had finally found somebody that knew something about the boat and I shakingly called the number.   Unfortunately, we continued to play phone tag until……….one night as I was getting home from work I got a call. 

On a conference call was not only Don La Franchi but Rich Laguilo, the former owner of UFO II.

I knew I was in heaven when Rich asked if I knew “how famous that boat is?”………………


To be continued…
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« Reply #304 on: January 14, 2011, 05:30:09 pm »
John your like a stripper at the end of a lap dance...you simply just want more....im intregued by this story....next chapter already dammit
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« Reply #305 on: January 14, 2011, 08:16:34 pm »

when Rich asked if I knew “how famous that boat is?”………………


You said... "Very, it's on SCJB" right?  ;D

Come on, its been 12 hours.... give us some more  :banghead:

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« Reply #306 on: January 15, 2011, 01:03:34 pm »

Come on, its been 12 hours.... give us some more  :banghead:

  :thumbup:

Okay CC, for you I'll add some more



The former owner and I keep missing each others calls but I hope to hook up with him today.

Regardless, I'll add a bit more working backwards now.

Approximately 1981 or 82,they decided to retire the boat in a proper manner.

The location was chosen to be Lake Shasta. An event was planned where the boat would be officially christened.  Well in excess of 150 people were in attendance. The boat was backed into the water, champagne was poured on the boat and passed around to everyone and then the boat was launched for the first time to show that a) it would float, b) it actually ran, and finally, c) to formally retire it from competition.

Sorta like putting a champion race horse out to pasture....


Thanks for following along on this journey..........john
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« Reply #307 on: January 24, 2011, 10:22:41 pm »
Okay, we finally hooked up by phone.  Super nice guy.  We probably talked for almost 2 hours and though this isnt anywhere near the whole story, it gives you a smattering of what we talked about.   I cant wait to see the pictures cuz there were so many custom pieces built and unfortunately dont exist today.  Dont know what happened to those but I would love to see them.   I'll post them up as soon as I get them (though I suspect it will be a while).

Here goes

The boat was bought as a bare hull from Sanger in 1977 thru Bruce Halloway of GTH Marine after Jack Davidson had stopped selling bare hulls to the public.  The color was black with gold and orange stripes in the typical Sanger fashion.

He had full stringers installed along with the wood flooring.

The motor was a blown 468 with twin dominators running 22% over.

The boat had a Lenco multi disc clutch with air shifter to activate it.

The pump was built by Dave Bostrom of GT Boats (was GTH Marine at the time) with a AQ shaft, stainless A impeller with a “fuel” cut.  Custom cut shoe and loader.  Double drilled bowl and long droop with a race nozzle with inserts. He said at the time, it was the very best of the best in parts.   The pump was fully pinstriped inside and out.  Unfortunately, the pump is no longer in this boat but the suction housing is the original one given that there’s pinstriping in the intake area.

Mike Farley did the paint including the pinstriping, numbering and murals. I’ll be honest, the name didn’t ring a bell to me but as soon as I started surfing the web I found many of his works on both boats as well as race cars.   Gonna have to do more research here.

The trailer was custom built for the boat with completely ground and smoothed welds, braided wiring (still present) and pinstriped throughout.  The hubs were drilled for both Chevy and Ford pattern.

A Halon fire suppression system was installed with hardlines throughout.  Nozzles on the gunnels as well as mounted solid to the motor on the heads.

The Cav plate hardware was built by George Shilala of Finishline.   

All the custom machine work, rail kits, tiller for the Calgo steering as well as the aluminum seat frames were done by his friend Don La Franchi.  Don’s a master sheetmetal man as well as a self taught machinist and has such attention to detail that he was knicknamed many years ago “Sano Don”.

A good friend that worked at Roy Brizio Street Rods assisted in getting all the hardware anodized (including the AN fittings) in matching colors. The wiring as well as the sparkplug wires were all custom colored to match the paint.  The boat was sponsored by Sanderson Headers so needless to say, he ran those headers.

The boat competed in the 1979/1980 season of the ISCA circuit ultimately winning the national championship in both Custom Boat and Comp Boat.  It was so successful and dominating that the judges were having to break out the catagories as many protested it’s dominance.   He still has the plaques as well as trophies and it was incredible to listen to him read off all the awards he still has.

At the time it was named the champion, it was the first Jet boat to when the championship. 

It was retired as I mentioned at previously at Lake Shasta with much fanfair.   He sparingly used it for a year or so before he ended up selling the hull to a friend for $7000 in around 1983.

He still has many of the judges sheets, trophies, awards, display boards as well and 100’s of pictures and is working on putting together a portfolio for my son along with a few parts that he still has.

He has some great stories like when he was at either the Oakland Roadster Show or the Cow Palace (I cant remember which he said) when there was a protest that his engine was a dummy and didn’t run.   He was given 3 hours to prepare it (never kept oil or gas in it so there were no chances of leaks) and swap out the exhaust (didn’t want to blue the chrome Sandersons).   He got that all done and had some zoomies mounted up and much to the disappointment of his competitors, fired the engine.  The boat was alongside one of the walls and the exhaust from the zoomies blew some banners loose from the walls  and they came down floating down on the crowd and show cars.   

I’m gonna continue to search some of this out but regardless, this is fun stuff.

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« Reply #308 on: January 25, 2011, 04:48:24 am »
Okay, we finally hooked up by phone.  Super nice guy.  We probably talked for almost 2 hours and though this isnt anywhere near the whole story, it gives you a smattering of what we talked about.   I cant wait to see the pictures cuz there were so many custom pieces built and unfortunately dont exist today.  Dont know what happened to those but I would love to see them.   I'll post them up as soon as I get them (though I suspect it will be a while).

Here goes

The boat was bought as a bare hull from Sanger in 1977 thru Bruce Halloway of GTH Marine after Jack Davidson had stopped selling bare hulls to the public.  The color was black with gold and orange stripes in the typical Sanger fashion.

He had full stringers installed along with the wood flooring.

The motor was a blown 468 with twin dominators running 22% over.

The boat had a Lenco multi disc clutch with air shifter to activate it.

The pump was built by Dave Bostrom of GT Boats (was GTH Marine at the time) with a AQ shaft, stainless A impeller with a “fuel” cut.  Custom cut shoe and loader.  Double drilled bowl and long droop with a race nozzle with inserts. He said at the time, it was the very best of the best in parts.   The pump was fully pinstriped inside and out.  Unfortunately, the pump is no longer in this boat but the suction housing is the original one given that there’s pinstriping in the intake area.

Mike Farley did the paint including the pinstriping, numbering and murals. I’ll be honest, the name didn’t ring a bell to me but as soon as I started surfing the web I found many of his works on both boats as well as race cars.   Gonna have to do more research here.

The trailer was custom built for the boat with completely ground and smoothed welds, braided wiring (still present) and pinstriped throughout.  The hubs were drilled for both Chevy and Ford pattern.

A Halon fire suppression system was installed with hardlines throughout.  Nozzles on the gunnels as well as mounted solid to the motor on the heads.

The Cav plate hardware was built by George Shilala of Finishline.   

All the custom machine work, rail kits, tiller for the Calgo steering as well as the aluminum seat frames were done by his friend Don La Franchi.  Don’s a master sheetmetal man as well as a self taught machinist and has such attention to detail that he was knicknamed many years ago “Sano Don”.

A good friend that worked at Roy Brizio Street Rods assisted in getting all the hardware anodized (including the AN fittings) in matching colors. The wiring as well as the sparkplug wires were all custom colored to match the paint.  The boat was sponsored by Sanderson Headers so needless to say, he ran those headers.

The boat competed in the 1979/1980 season of the ISCA circuit ultimately winning the national championship in both Custom Boat and Comp Boat.  It was so successful and dominating that the judges were having to break out the catagories as many protested it’s dominance.   He still has the plaques as well as trophies and it was incredible to listen to him read off all the awards he still has.

At the time it was named the champion, it was the first Jet boat to when the championship. 

It was retired as I mentioned at previously at Lake Shasta with much fanfair.   He sparingly used it for a year or so before he ended up selling the hull to a friend for $7000 in around 1983.

He still has many of the judges sheets, trophies, awards, display boards as well and 100’s of pictures and is working on putting together a portfolio for my son along with a few parts that he still has.

He has some great stories like when he was at either the Oakland Roadster Show or the Cow Palace (I cant remember which he said) when there was a protest that his engine was a dummy and didn’t run.   He was given 3 hours to prepare it (never kept oil or gas in it so there were no chances of leaks) and swap out the exhaust (didn’t want to blue the chrome Sandersons).   He got that all done and had some zoomies mounted up and much to the disappointment of his competitors, fired the engine.  The boat was alongside one of the walls and the exhaust from the zoomies blew some banners loose from the walls  and they came down floating down on the crowd and show cars.   

I’m gonna continue to search some of this out but regardless, this is fun stuff.

What an interesting story.  I bought a bare hull from Bruce and Dave and am currently overhauling it.  I would like to get in contact with them.  As I recall, my hull was actually made by "Fiberglass West".  Somewhere around here I have some paper work from back then.  Time to dig through some boxes.
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Re: Sanger circle boat
« Reply #309 on: January 26, 2011, 04:59:00 pm »
I believe Dave is still in business but I think Bruce has retired. At least that's what Rich was thinking. 
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« Reply #310 on: January 30, 2011, 08:44:20 am »
Well, it's terrible fat but running.   Found out that my mix screws were off and loading it up at idle but goes those even'd out and much better.   Now if it wasnt so crappy in the weather department we'd have something!
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« Reply #311 on: January 30, 2011, 09:16:16 am »
Well, it's terrible fat but running.   Found out that my mix screws were off and loading it up at idle but goes those even'd out and much better.   Now if it wasnt so crappy in the weather department we'd have something!

 :thumbup: :thumbup:

BTW John, the boat trailer had American Daisy wheels on the trailer....Sadly, that was the only reason the boat was traded to the guy I got it from....He wanted the wheels for his Tahiti trailer..... :screwy:



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If i get some free time tonight at work, ill play with it and post it for everyone to see.

Time to man up and yank it John!  :banghead:
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« Reply #312 on: March 20, 2011, 10:15:08 am »
UFO II Circa 1979


UFO 1 (there were 3 UFO's)


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« Reply #313 on: March 20, 2011, 02:42:55 pm »




Why are there 4 exhaust tips in the transome?
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« Reply #314 on: March 20, 2011, 03:11:36 pm »
Why are there 4 exhaust tips in the transome?
 
Because its a UFO  ;D
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« Reply #315 on: March 20, 2011, 06:18:47 pm »
That is too cool a blown boat being pulled by a Caddy :screwy:
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« Reply #316 on: March 21, 2011, 08:52:24 am »
That is too cool a blown boat being pulled by a Caddy :screwy:

I'm diggin the Scott Superslot Fuelie hat style scoop! Sandeggo's looks a LOT like it too.  :thumbup:

Mad Max style!  ;)

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« Reply #317 on: March 21, 2011, 10:18:34 am »
Can you even buy a new passenger car today that you can tow one of our boats with?
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« Reply #318 on: November 29, 2012, 07:30:03 pm »
Wow, Ian and I need to update this.  So much has been found and discovered.   I'll try to get this update this weekend

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« Reply #319 on: November 30, 2012, 05:51:23 am »
Okay, we have learned so much of this boat that we now know the entire history start to finish so I'll post this again after having it been edited by the former owner and folks off the build team.   Ian and I have been so fortunate to get to know these guys and are now happy to call them friends as they are huge gearheads.

Here we go......

The UFO II is a 1977 Sanger boat owned by my son Ian Rork. A friend of ours in Central California Glenn Thorne went to look at this boat in 1996. The boat was in a warehouse and completely unrigged. The aluminum was still in boxes from having been freshly anodized. The paint, upholstrey and trailer were breathtaking.
The guys that were selling it wanted $7500 minus motor so Glenn passed on it but kept his eye on it.

Now fast forward to 10 years later when it came up for sale again and Glenn went to look at it. Unfortunately, by that time it had been pushed ouside and the California sun had done damage to the incredible paint and upholstrey.
At this time, Glenn was finally able to buy the boat and he brought it home where he documented what he had and put it in storage.

In 2008, another close friend Tom Manier of Jetboatperformance bought the boat from Glenn and originally started this thread. They assembled all the anodized rail kit, and finished the cavatation hardware. They put a supercharged big block Chevy in it and tried a variety of setups before electing to focus on other projects and put the Sanger up for sale where Ian bought it sight unseen.

In March of 2009, Ian and I had a great father/son trip to southern California to pick up my new blower motor I was having assembled by Barry Obler of Obnoxious Racing Engines. On the way back, we swung by Tom at JBP and we brought the UFO II home to Washington State.

While Ian was buffing and detailing the boat we found so many details that are not typical like the murals, pinstriping on the deck, on the floor, the trailer, and even inside the pump and faintly we could see the remanants of pinstriping on the dash that said,
"Prepared by Sano Don La Franci"
We knew this boat was different and I tried to find some history through all the boat forums I could think of but not luck.
The whole time in the back of my mind I kept thinking about when I was young, my wife Janice Rork and I would go to the car shows and every once in a while there would be some boats mixed in with the hotrods and motorcyles. Given this, I tried the custom car forums but no luck.

Unfortunately, Ian like so many was hit by the economy soon after buying the boat and was laid off. The timing was tough as our big Labor Day Mardon event sponsored by Tony Skagen of Skagen Boats was coming up quickly.
Sooooo, against my better judgement, I turned Ian loose in my shop and spare parts. He was able to assemble a Big Block Chevy and all the fixings to get the boat running.
It's important to mention the help of so many friends like Tony Skagen, Tom Manier, Travis Wester, Rick Gitchel, Austin Cole who also kicked in some spare parts to get him on the water.
We made the event and the boat performed flawlessly and it was great to see him with his own boat.
Upon returning, Ian was accepted to Central Washington University to make something of himself instead of ending up like me.

Now, fast forward to over the 2010 Christmas Holiday break when Ian was home and decided to play a prank on my by installing my blower motor in his boat while I was away at work. When I got home I was totally blown away how "right" the boat looked with that motor like it was almost meant to be....
Following that, I returned to searching trying to find anything I could about this boat.
I had Googled it, Bing'd it, tried Harlin Orin, Art Anderson, Billy B and Jerry Griffin and came up empty.
The only lead we had was that "Prepared by Sano Don La Franchi"
A few more months passed before I thought of something that I never had tried before. I tried Facebook.....
What are the odds that a Sano Don would be on Facebook?

Well, I did find a Don LaFranchi and he was in the right area (San Francisco) so I took a chance and sent him a message asking if he or anyone else he might know have any knowledge of a boat that my son bought with his name on the dash.

I got a message back from him the next day say merely "if this is about the UFO II, call me at ***********"

I was blown away that after all this time I had finally found somebody that might know about the UFO II. Well, we played phonetag for a few days till one night as I was driving in the driveway I got a call on my cell.
On the line was not only Don LaFranchi but the orignial owner, Rich Laguilo!
I knew I was in heaven when the first thing Rich asked me is "do you know how famous that boat is?"

So, here's a brief rundown of what all he told me.

The boat was bought by Rich Laguilo as a bare hull from Sanger in 1977 thru Precision Speed & Marine in LA.
At that time Rich was a crew member of the Proctor Brothers Pro Stock Race Team. They were sponsored by Precision Speed & Marine, who built the blown big block for Rich.

By that time, Jack Davidson (founder of Sanger Boats) had stopped selling bare hulls to the public but had one left and would sell it thru Precision Speed to Rich. The hull had originally been ordered for a racer in the Oklahoma area but never picked up. The color was black with gold and orange stripes in the typical Sanger fashion. The hull came from Sanger with Full Stringers, a feature designed for race boats only at that time.

Bruce Halloway and Dave Bostrom, were partners in GTH Marine/GT Boats. Before they became partners, Bruce Holloway worked for Berkley Pumps and designed & manufactured all of the high performance parts for the Berkeley jets.
The UFO II was one of the first boats to test the new state of the art performance race parts installed by Bruce Holloway of GTH Marine. At that time Rich also had GTH install a Balsa cored floor.

The race parts used in the pump was a Aq shaft, stainless A impeller with a fueler cut, custom shoe and loader, double drilled bowl, long droop and race nozzle with inserts. Clearly, these were the very best of the best for the late 70's and still good stuff today. Both Bruce Halloway, Dave Bostrom and GTH have alot of history themselves in the performance boat scene.

The motor was a supercharged 468 chevy with twin dominators running 22% over.
The boat also was equiped with a Lenco multi disc cluch with air shifter to activate it (remember, this was the late 70s. State of the art stuff at the time)

Mike Farley did the paint including the pinstriping, numbering and murals. I'll be honest that at the time the name didnt ring a bell but I've since learned that Mike has painted many boats, race cars and customs and is published in a number of books. I found that he's still in business and I hope to catcha up with him sometime.

The trailer was custom built by Chuck Larkin and is completely smoothed with braided wiring, pinstiping and many custom features. The attention to detail on this trailer is incredible.

All the custom machine work, rail kits, tiller for the Calgo steering as well as the aluminum seat frames were all build by Don La Franchi. Don's a master craftsman in the Bay area and his attention to detail has earned the name Sano Don.

The boat competed in the 1979/1980 season of the ISCA circuit ultimately winning the national championship both Custom Boat as well as Competition Boat. It also won Best Interior, Best Paint and Best Competition Engine, Best Custom Engine as well as Outstanding Display.
At the time, it was so dominate that the judges began to break out the categories as many protested it. Rich still has many of the plaques and trophies and it was fun listening to him read them off on the phone.
At the time it was the champion, it was the very first jet boat to have ever won the championship.

Finally, it was time to retire the UFO II and move on to a new project, the UFO the Third! This was a Fresno Mini Cruiser with a High Performance V-Drive. This boat was also powered by a big block Chevy with three Corvette 2 bbls and a Turbo 400 transmission. I have posted a picture of that boat elsewhere on the thread and at the time I thought it was the UFO 1 but in fact it is UFO III.   The Silver boat pictured below with the UFO II is the original UFO.

The boat was taken to Folsom Lake in Roseville, California and in front of a large group, the boat was christened with a bottle of champagne and launched into the water for the first time to show a) it would float, b) it would run and c)to formally retire it from competition.

He sparingly used it for a a year or two before selling the hull to a friend for $7,000 in around 1983.

The boat disappeared after that and it's location from 1983 to 1996 when Glenn found it was unknown. What actually happened likely happens more often that not. The boat was put in storage at Topside Marine in San Jose and it stayed semi abandoned tucked away from the weather until it was pushed outside in the early 90s. Soon TopSide Marine placed a lien on the boat for past due storage fees and eventually sold the boat to Glenn in 2008 through Pat's Lien service.

So that's it. The whole story of the UFO II. Through this silly boat, my son and I have made so many new friends like Don La Franchi, Chuck Larkin and Rich Laguilo and we both consider ourselves very fortunate.

Hope you enjoyed the story. I have more but will try to hold here.




























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« Reply #320 on: November 30, 2012, 05:55:48 am »
And I HAVE to throw huge thanks to Glenn Thorne.   He hooked up Ian with the ORIGINAL pump from the UFO II.   The parts and detail are so cool and Ian owes Glenn huge.   Thanks so very much my friend!

From Ian.
After much anticipation.... the original GTH Racing pump out of the UFOII has made it home! Many huge thank yous go out the Glenn Thorne and his friend Gordy who graciously delivered it to me all the way up north in washington. Excited is an understatement!


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« Reply #321 on: November 30, 2012, 06:13:45 am »
After Ian got the pump from Glenn (thanks again), he spent alot of time touching up the black where it had gotten chipped.   Lightly scuffed the whole assembly and then buried it in some SPI Clear I had left over from the Brendella project to preserve the paint and most of all, the original pinstriping.

Turned out really good.....


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« Reply #322 on: November 30, 2012, 06:30:40 am »
And here it is now.   Such a fun boat and both Ian and I are proud to have it here in the shop.








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« Reply #323 on: November 17, 2013, 07:54:58 am »
The rebuild/insanity has begun.  :screwy:

Updates soon. 
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« Reply #324 on: November 18, 2013, 06:52:59 am »

The rebuild/insanity has begun.  :screwy:

Updates soon.

I'm confused haha nothing new! Are you rebuilding the UFO?


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