Classes for Youth Racers
  • Junior Hydroplane - JH
    For ages 9 to 15. Boats are approximately 8.5 feet long using OMC 15A, Mercury 60J/Mercury 15hp with race conversion and carburetor restrictor installed. 300 lbs. maximum with driver. Speeds to 35 MPH. The restrictor can be removed in 5 minutes and the parent or older sibling can use the same outfit in the ASH class, or when the youngster feels ready to upgrade he/she simple removes the restrictor and is set for ASH. Many famous race drivers started right here.

    Junior Runabout - JR
    For ages 9 to 15. Also use OMC 15A and Mercury 15HP with restrictor plate. 44" wide, 9.5 feet long, 300 lbs. maximum with driver. Junior Runabouts handle differently than hydros, requiring more "body English". J Runabout drivers can participate in marathon events, which add some challenges not found in circle racing.

    AX Hydroplane - AXH
    Ages 12 and up. The next step for young racers who want to get out there at higher speeds with adult competition. Minimum racing weight including driver 325 lbs. More soon!

    AX Runabout - AXR
    The natural progression for a J Runabout driver. A little faster; 330 lbs., same length and width as J Runabout.

    K PRO Hydro- KPH
    The PRO Category's entry level class for drivers age 11 through 15. The class uses the same engines as Junior Classes. Speeds 50-55 mph. Boats 9 feet with OMC 15A. No restrictions to the weight, carburetor, height and setup restrictions.

    "A" Stock Hydroplane - ASH~ Drivers wanted!
    Class for ages 14 years old and up. Minimum racing weight including driver 345 lbs. Boats approximately 8.5 feet long using OMC 15A in stock form or the Mercury 15hp with race conversion. Speeds to 57 MPH. Very competitive and one of the most popular for beginners and veteran drivers. The same motor is used in the ASR class, making racing in the two classes very inexpensive.

    "A" Stock Runabout - ASR ~ Drivers wanted!
    Class for ages 14 years old and up. Minimum racing weight including driver is 350 lbs. Hulls are a displacement type looking long and pointed, uses OMC 15A in stock racing form or the Mercury 15hp with race conversion installed. Speeds to 54 MPH. Very fun to watch and race. This class is growing.

    Inboard T Class (1,5 Litre Stock) starts at age 14. This is up to 9.5 feet wide, up to 17.5 feet long, weighing a minimum of 825 lbs. Powered by a Toyota engine.

    From the OPC world (tunnel boats), Mini-GT starts at age 12.
    GT-Pro and Sport C start at age 14. Then at age 16 drivers can move into SST 45, SST 60, Formula V, Production Tri-Hull, and Sportsman V Production. 

    "B" Stock Hydroplane - BSH ~ Drivers wanted!
    Class for ages 16 years old and up. Minimum racing weight including driver is 350 lbs. Boats approximately 9 feet long using a special racing engine made for racing by American Hot Rod Corp. in the United States. Speeds up to 65 MPH. Not as popular as the "A" classes. Fast and competitive ride. Class needs drivers!

    20 Super Stock Hydroplane - 20SSH ~ Drivers wanted!
    Classes for ages 15 years old and up. Minimum racing weight including driver 400 lbs. Boats approximately 9.5 feet long using the Japanese, Yamato 80 engine. Speeds up to 65 MPH. High torque, engine with good acceleration and fast cornering. Class needs drivers!

    "B" Classic Hydroplane - B-ClassicH
    Class for ages 16 years old and up. Minimum racing weight including driver is 370 lbs. Boats are approximately 9.5 feet long using the classic Mercury 20H Hurricane with "corn popper" exhaust. Speeds to 68 MPH. Very fast and challenging class.

    25 Super Stock Hydroplane - 25SSH
    Class for ages 16 years old and up. Minimum racing weight including driver is 400 lbs. Boats approximately 10 feet long using the Mercury 25XS short shaft racing motor. Very fast and exciting to watch and drive. Speeds can reach up to 73 MPH. Sometimes combined with the CSH class which is a similar speed.

    "C" Stock Hydroplane - CSH ~ Drivers wanted!
    Class for 16 years old and up for the heavier racer with a racing weight of 440 lbs. Boats approximately 10.5 feet long using primarily the Yamato 102 and 302 series Japanese motors and a few of the classic Mercury 30H Hurricanes. Speeds to 72 MPH. An exciting ride with fast cornering abilities. Class needs drivers!


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  • Maybe we should just describe the "entry" level classes only in this section.  We could describe every class in every category in this section.  It would be entirely too much information.  Let's cut out everything below A Stock, insert the runabout info and insert the rest of the "entry level" classes from the other categories.


    APBA Member #: 3931
    Boat #: 14
    Classes: Inboard, 1.5 Litre Stock
    Region 4
  • Can we add the T Inboard Class to this description?  They start at age 14.  


    APBA Member #: 3931
    Boat #: 14
    Classes: Inboard, 1.5 Litre Stock
    Region 4
  • From the OPC world, you have mini-gt which starts at age 12
    GT-Pro and Sport C that starts at age 14
    then at 16 they can move into SST-45, SST-60, Formula V, Production Tri-Hull, and Sportsman V Production. 


    These classes are pretty popular in the central part of the country.

    Wayne


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  • We will be Starting a Thunderkid (slt)  Class up here in Canada hopefully in the next year or two, 9-16 in our 10 foot hulls max hp will be 25


    APBA Member #: 75717
    Boat #: 105
    Classes: ThunderCat (SLT)
    Region 0
  • 2 more classes: J runabout and KPRO


    APBA Member #: 1190
    Boat #: 4-E
    Classes: 850,
    Region 4
  • KPH entry level PRO kids class Age 11-16 speeds 50-55 mph. Boats 9 feet with OMC 15A. No restrictions to the carburetor, height and set up restrictions.


    APBA Member #: 10802
    Boat #: Z-22
    Classes: 125H
    Region 4
  • The info in the first post is cut and pasted from my website... This info has gotten around over the years and that doesn't bother me if people find it useful, but is now quite old info... J60's, 20H's, 30H's, etc...some info/classes do not reflect current APBA info. 


    Since APBA Corporate is posting this on it's own website... would be good for them to updat it to reflect it's own associations info.


     


     



    APBA Member #:
    Boat #: 4 CBF, 44CE
    Classes: SO - ASH, SO - ASR, ThunderCat (SLT)
    Region 2
  • AXR is also missing...


    APBA Member #: 113
    Boat #: 4-F, 4
    Classes: CSR
    Region 5
  • We don't race AXSR here so we don't list it on our website, other classes are missing too.

    Also, I wouldn't call an 80+ mph DSH hydro or a CSH a "Youth Class"


    APBA Member #:
    Boat #: 4 CBF, 44CE
    Classes: SO - ASH, SO - ASR, ThunderCat (SLT)
    Region 2
  • May also want to note that AXSR and AXSH are currently without the "S"- there is no mod equivalent so just AXH and AXR is necessary.  


    APBA Member #: 593
    Boat #: 64W
    Classes: ASH
    Region 7
  • Hey.. where's all the action on this 'social site' ??

    The mad russian is just checking in.

    Plenty of work down here in the tunnel of repair - just another day in paradise

    Alex


    APBA Member #: 11195
    Boat #: 8A
    Classes: D hydro FE hydro 20 SShydro
    Region 1
  • Mad Russian just checking in here (again :))

    I'd like to give a strong compliment to all the clubs and folks involved who are working the 'Driverschools'.   Especially the hard work being done to get the kids into  "J".   I know MHRA has been hard at it and I want to tell you all that Region One is following that lead and taking great initiatives on their own.  Mark Wheeler's help with the Mercury J engine is outstanding as well.

    The generosity and generous effort of all these folks is exactly what we need to have happen to keep our sport alive.   Boat racing at our level is 'family fun' and a character building experience for anyone particularly youngsters.

    My hat is off to all of you.

    Alex


    APBA Member #: 11195
    Boat #: 8A
    Classes: D hydro FE hydro 20 SShydro
    Region 1