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Jul. 8th, 2010 | 08:20 am

im so nervous....so so nervous...
just got to speak my mind, so i can be stress free.
i hate this, but i must!

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jim kropfeld

Nov. 28th, 2009 | 10:28 pm

jim kropfeld

Jim Kropfeld Remembered

By Fred Farley - ABRA Unlimited Historian

The racing world has lost another of its all-time greats. Jim Kropfeld, a five-time inductee into the prestigious APBA Hall of Champions, passed away on January 3, 1999.

A resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kropfeld had been battling cancer for several months.

Jim drove Unlimiteds from 1982 to 1990. He won twenty-two races for the Miss Budweiser team between 1983 and 1989 and was National High Point Champion in 1984, 1986, and 1987.

In 1987, Kropfeld was the first to average over 155 miles per hour on a closed course with a reading of 155.172 in qualification at the Tri-Cities (Washington) Columbia Cup.

He once said, "I do boat racing because I love it. I can't imagine not being involved in racing. I don't think that there are many things more fun than running deck-to-deck with someone.

"Racing is kind of second nature to me. It's all reflexes. If you have to stop and think about what you're doing at 180, 190, or 200 miles per hour, it's all over with. The opportunity has passed. You need quick reflexes and a lot of experience to be successful. I approach the sport as basically a seat-of-the-pants driver."

Kropfeld's first contact with competitive power boating occurred in 1961, when he worked as a crew member on a friend's Limited inboard hydroplane. He drove in his first race in 1964.

In later years, Jim liked to poke fun at his own lack of early success in racing. Still, he must have done something right, because by the late sixties he was swamped with offers to drive.

Together with his brother, Tom "Butch" Kropfeld, another great driver, Jim carved an enviable reputation for himself in a variety of boats on the tough Mid-West Limited circuit, which has been a proving ground for many of the sport's top competitors--Bill Muncey, Dean Chenoweth, Ron Musson, Bill Sterett, Bill Cantrell, and Marion Cooper among them.

In analyzing his early career, Kropfeld pointed out, "When you are racing back in the pack on the Ohio River, you are running in about the worst water conditions you will ever find.

"Some things become programmed into your mind and body. You become one with the boat to survive. And when you finally get into a competitive rig, that oneness with the boat gives you an extra edge.

"I drove just about anything that would float when I first started. I didn't do much winning, but I gained so much experience that it was really worth it."

By the late 1970s, Jim's competitive prowess was well known. As driver for the highly successful Country Boy racing team, Kropfeld had some memorable encounters on Seattle's Green Lake with future Unlimited Class luminary Steve Reynolds in the 225 Cubic Inch Class White Lightning/Pay 'n Pak.

At the 1982 Spirit Of Detroit Regatta, Jim won the Grand Prix Class event, which was run between heats of the Unlimiteds, at the wheel of Miss Danash. His performance was the closest thing to perfect and did not escape the eye of Miss Budweiser owner Bernie Little, who offered Kropfeld his heartiest congratulations and best wishes.

After the death of Dean Chenoweth a few weeks later at the Tri-Cities, Little offered Kropfeld the seat in the Rolls-Royce Griffon-powered "Beer Wagon," and a new star was born.

Jim qualified as an Unlimited driver on San Diego's Mission Bay and then set a world 2½-mile competition lap record of 135.338 on Clear Lake in Houston, Texas. He also came within 900 feet of bagging a World Championship at Houston, only to have his mount sputter heartbreakingly to a halt just short of the checkered flag in the Final Heat.

Nevertheless, Kropfeld's performance was impressive enough to merit recognition as Unlimited Class Rookie-of-the-Year for 1982.

During a stellar 1983 campaign, Kropfeld and Miss Budweiser established fifteen speed records and won more races than any other team. Jim scored decisive victories at Miami, Romulus (New York), Madison (Indiana), and Seattle. He missed the National High Point crown by a whisker. But Jim would not be denied in 1984, when "King Kropfeld" gave owner Little one of his best years in the sport.

The mighty "Beer Wagon" won six out of ten races at Miami, Evansville (Indiana), Detroit, Seattle, San Diego, and Lake-of-the-Ozarks (Missouri). Jim did himself proud, bucking three turbine teams with his trusty Rolls-Royce Griffon.

Kropfeld had proven himself as an able successor to Dean Chenoweth by becoming the first Unlimited jockey to win ten of his first twenty-two races.

For 1985, Jim was given a new Griffon-powered Miss Budweiser, the famed "Bubble Bud," to drive. The '85 Budweiser was not as fast as her predecessor. But she was the first to seat her driver "indoors" under an enclosed safety canopy. And Kropfeld was still able to win two races with her--at Syracuse and San Diego.

By 1986, the Unlimited Class had entered its turbine era. The days of the World War II piston packers were gone forever. To the surprise of no one, Jim Kropfeld made the transition to Lycoming turbine power with ease.

Hardly anyone expected the Miss Budweiser (Turbine-1) hull to be much more than a test vehicle. The craft was terribly difficult to drive through the turns. And yet, "Turbine-1," which had failed for her previous owner, outscored the rival beer boat, Miller American, by the narrowest of margins--thirty-one points--and won yet another season championship for her corporate sponsor, Anheuser-Busch.

Kropfeld won three races in 1986 (at Miami, Evansville, and Las Vegas) and set a world 2-mile competition lap record of 138.328 at Syracuse.

Moreover, in winning the 1986 "Thunder On The Ohio" event at Evansville, Jim treated the fans to one of the great shoot-outs in Unlimited history. Four boats--the Budweiser, the Joe Ricci Spirit of America, the Miss 7-Eleven, and the Miller American--ran on the same quarter of a lap with each other for the entire five laps of the Final Heat. Those four boats finished within twelve seconds of each other, with Kropfeld taking the checkered flag and victory. From a competitive standpoint, the race was simply superb.

During 1987, Jim was overwhelming in the new Miss Budweiser (Turbine-2). He won five out of seven races entered with her, finished first in fourteen out of twenty heats entered, and set the world lap speed record at 155 miles per hour. The team scored victories at Miami, Evansville, Madison, the Tri-Cities, and Seattle.

A bad accident at the 1988 season-opener in Miami with "Turbine-2" temporarily derailed Kropfeld's driving career. He suffered a neck injury when Scott Pierce and Mr. Pringle's collided with Miss Budweiser in the first turn of the Final Heat. The F-16 safety canopy, which Ron Jones and the Budweiser crew had pioneered with "Turbine-1," was credited with saving Kropfeld's life.

"The injury was very serious," Jim recalled. "My top vertebra was fractured. I was very lucky.

"The enclosed cockpit is one of the things that I'm really proud of during my time in the sport. It's not only saved me several times, but it will have an impact on the entire sport. Other categories of racing are now picking up on it."

After months of traction, therapy, and exercise, Kropfeld returned to the Miss Budweiser's cockpit a year after the accident. He won two out of five races (at Houston and Madison) with the new "Turbine-3" before leaving the team in July of 1989.

The following year, he married Miss Budweiser director of public relations, Bonnie Anderson.

Jim's final season with the Unlimiteds was in 1990 as an interim driver for Steve Woomer's Winston Eagle.

He handled the experimental Winston Eagle "Lobster Boat" at a couple of races. But this craft failed as a competitor and was quickly retired. For the balance of 1990, Kropfeld saw action with the former Miss 7-Eleven hull, which had obsolete sponsons. To Jim's credit, he finished second at San Diego and Las Vegas and third at Evansville, Madison, and Kansas City.

His Thunderboat career a memory, Kropfeld returned to his first love, the Limited inboards, but left most of the driving to his son, Scott Kropfeld, a top Grand Prix Class chauffeur. Jim did drive a few heats in 1995 with Country Boy, an Unlimited Light hydroplane.

When not lending a hand to Scott's racing efforts, Jim concentrated on his Cincinnati-based Tri-State Muffler shop, which he and his first wife Lise started in 1979. Kropfeld had previously worked for many years with General Motors as a die maker and designer.

In August of 1998, the name of Jim Kropfeld was added to the Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame, a most deserving honor for one of racing's immortals.

Jim's passing leaves a void that can never be filled. A dynamic, no-nonsense competitor out on the race course; a quiet, congenial gentleman off of the race course. He will be missed.

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mother crack!

Oct. 16th, 2009 | 05:33 pm
location: on the ground
mood: high high
music: oh bebay bebay

i just experienced the scariest thing everr. so i give hobbes sum deworming medicine (yea i know, that's not even the bad part) and i had to put it on in the middle of his shoulder blades. i guess he could still scratch it and the next thing know HES FOAMING AT THE MOUTH, DROOLING EVERYWHERE,RUNNING LIKE A CAT ON CRACK, holy stool, it scared the stool out of me. so i call the vet freaking the fuck out so i had to bathe him with dawn liquid soap...i guess he's fine, she said if he foams at the mouth again i gotta take him to the Emergency vet.

that reminds me:
CATS FOR FREE, CATS FOR FREE, COME GET EM' B4 SHE HAS ANOTHER LITTER. she's bangedup again, pretty sure she's prego, dammmit

well im off to go get shot at some ghetto club with some girl i works with! yay!

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iate2muchi82mucc hhh

Aug. 26th, 2009 | 03:55 pm
mood: exhausted exhausted

sitting here on the ground by myself in the dark with the tv on trying to tame my damned cat! borrowed brads book and i have taught hobbes how 2 come to me. i wuz excited cuz he does it but kevin goes all like youre just tricking him thinking theres a treat. maybe but still it listens! now only if i could make it stop scratch'n the chairs and jump'n on the counter! started school yesterday. and now im going again tomorrow. schoolyschoolschool. back2schoolback2school2prove2mydaddyimnotafool.

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Apr. 3rd, 2009 | 09:13 am

yea, i spy on my trash people..ok?!
them bitches PISSED me off.
sooooooooooo i forgot to put out my recycling last thursday, so i put it out this morning.
yea well, the trash people came by and after they dumped my trash, they took my recycling and dumped it too!
i was so pissed i almost cried.
its like whats the fucking purpose of recycling if ur gonna just dump dat shit. OMG
so i called the sanitation department and complained!!!
they apologized and said they shouldnt be doing that, DAMN STRAIGHT THEY SHOULDNT BE!
sooooo they said they would call them and talk to them about it! so HA. stupido! pissed pissed SO pissed!

on the lighter note, i sooooo have kittens! four of them! they are super tiny still so i cant really tell their gender. it all kinda looks the same to me. they could be all boys, all girls, mix gender, dont know yet! but if you want one you can have one but i have to choose mine first!

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it's begining to look a lot like christmas!

Dec. 23rd, 2008 | 08:58 am

yesterday i get home only to hear that my mom has not seen my cat all day...
finally i heard it in kitchen meowing. i go to where it hides, in the cabinets, and its not there but i can still hear it meowing. i look behind this tinnnnny hole, and there she is starring right at me. her fat butt got stuck behind our counters!! so mac had to bust a hole in the wall to free it!

me and kevin went and got a x-mas tree for my mommy. and we decorated it. and i made peanut butterballs. and im gonna make my dip. and i have to wait til x-mas eve to finish my x-mas shopping. and i have so many places to go on christmas eve. and im off work til friday. and i was kinda pissed about that. annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd then and then and then~1!#SDFZG#$^#$%@#$~

wuz gonna post pictures, but i cant find my usb cord, dammmmmnnnnnitiititititititit

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cleaned room; found these:

May. 7th, 2008 | 07:06 pm
mood: thirsty thirsty

what do i do?
what can i do?
what should i do?
what is there to do?

flower power
red, yellow, pink
flower power
down the sink

she's my best friend.
she's there till the end.
she makes me sober.
she's no where to be found.

what's in his head
does he want me dead
what does he think
that i should be extinct

video games
he likes to play
sit around all day
does he blink

up and down
up and down
does it stop
no, up and down

too clean
white out

super sonic
tyte shit
purple smurple

ashtray smells
ashtray's ashes
cigarette butt

frozen hard
when it melts
eat it up
make a mess
drip drop
flip flop
all gone

make faces
asks me questions
non ya
no surveys, please

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Apr. 16th, 2008 | 07:29 pm




we made it, it was tizzight! we had try outs today. ive been feeling like shit for the past days , but i managed to rock. we all did.

so many birthdays coming up.
and anniversarys.
and exams.

i must go study. for seriously.

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ya'll know me

Feb. 20th, 2008 | 09:06 am

still same ol g
but i've been low key.

yo yo yo check it out! THMLL live in kev/jeremy's trailor.

ya aint neva herd nuffin like dis!

it's long, but worth it. (THATS WHAT SHE SAID!)
im the one with all the moves, all the grooves, check it!

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Jan. 29th, 2008 | 06:07 pm
mood: stressed stressed

i quit work.
because i can't be anymore stressed.
i've been busy with school, work, band practice, trying to find time to hang out with my friends, trying to keep everyone happy.

i cry every time i leave school.
i told my mom my problems, and she understood.
i want to make her proud but its hard knowing i keep getting Ds on all my grades.
AND SCHOOL JUST STARTED! as a matter of fact, i should be studying right now, but nope.

shout outs to all my homies.
best believe im in love, l.u.v.!
yes, you. amber, kimmie, robyn, brad!
please don't playa hate.

now only if i could quit LIFE!

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