Former outboard powerboat racers wanted

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The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Md., is documenting the history of outboard powerboat racing for a new exhibit in 2013 and is looking for participants and fans.

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Outboard powerboat racing was one of the largest and most popular spectator sports in Southern Maryland after World War II. Thousands of fans flocked to venues like Capt. Sam’s in Bushwood, Abell’s Wharf in Leonardtown, and Swann’s Pier in Piney Point. Most racers were members of the Southern Maryland Boat Club.

The Calvert Marine Museum is interviewing former racers and gathering photographs and memorabilia for the new exhibit on display in 2013. A reunion of former racers and family members is planned for June 2013.

Anyone with information on the sport and the era is encouraged to contact Robert Hurry at (410) 326-2042 Ext. 35 or email at hurryrj@co.cal.md.us.