Hoosier Hovercraft Championship features
Junkyard Wars Hovercraft judge/participants
24 May 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Hoosier Hovercraft Championship takes place Saturday and
Sunday, April 27-28, in Terre Haute, Indiana. The event serves
as Terre Haute's trial run for the upcoming World Hovercraft Week,
September 15-22, 2002.
On Saturday, April 27, land and water racing takes place at the
World Hovercraft Championship race site, located at 500 South Tabor
Town Road, just north of the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.
Practice begins at 11:00 a.m. and racing begins at noon. Various
levels of competition are scheduled, one to include hovercraft
constructed by high schools and universities. Participants include
hovercraft racers from the Midwest, as well as from throughout
the United States and Canada.
Three featured participants are the team captains and judge from
the popular Emmy-nominated Junkyard Wars hovercraft episode, televised
on The Learning Channel. The program featured Chris Fitzgerald,
President of Terre Haute-based Neoteric Hovercraft, Inc., as the
judge of the competition. Due to its popularity, the video of this
episode is now available on www.Amazon.com.
Local participants include Terre Haute natives Marquis Songer,
Eric Whitesell, and Jason Kuehn. Kuehn was the 2001 Entry Level
Class National Champion. The event Chairman, Nick Jokay, is a 1986
graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.
An Awards Banquet will be held Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the Wabash
Valley Family Sports Center, 599 South Tabor Town Road. The keynote
address by Junkyard Wars Champion, Bob Windt, will explain the
evolution of homebuilt hovercraft in America. As registered by
Guinness World Records, Windt holds the current Hovercraft World
Speed Record, achieved in 1995 on the Rio Douro River in Peso da
Hovercraft cruising will take place on Sunday at Fairbanks Park.
Cruisers will depart from the boat launch at 10:00 a.m. and hover
on the Wabash River to Clinton and beyond.
All Hoosier Hovercraft Championship events are free and open
to the public.