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Old 09-03-2006, 11:00 AM   #1
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Pro Vee, not looking too good.

Found this on the www.worldofpowerboats.com site, not good news if you've just put a boat together!

Latest News > PRO VEE : PUT ON ICE
We recently asked the question had the offshore series Pro Vee hit the proverbial buffers, never to be seen again. However we have since heard that the 2006 championship has been 'put on ice' rather than scrapped. This follows an abysmal response from team owners to the final dealine of 1st March.

We understand series promoter Chris Witty and his Norwegian Operations Manager Per-Carsten Michelsen had negotiated four venues this year some of which supported Class 1 and Powerboat P1. There was a proviso that they would participate on the Class 1 and Powerboat P1 programme only if eight Pro Vee teams were represented....not five or six but eight. We understand only one team owner actually paid up. Witty and reigning World Class 1 champion Steve Curtis, who was responsable for the Pro Vee concept is considering rule changes for next year which they hope will make it easier for teams to enter but its fair to say, 'You can take a horse to water but you can't make the animal drink it'. In the case of Pro Vee, the series had superb worldwide television exposure, a packed weekend of action at many great venues, but still there was a very obvious lack of enthusiasm by several crews so don't be surprised if Pro Vee makes the ice box it permanent home.
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Old 09-03-2006, 11:20 AM   #2
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Big shame really - could be a great class - but does not look too good for the future. Must be a few owners around now with boats that don't have a lot of use!
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Old 09-03-2006, 11:35 AM   #3
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I suspect the amount to paid "Up Front" and what was actually offered for that fee had a lot to do with the response.

Could see some very heavy metal basic racing this year I suspect !!!
Edit: Question, As an "Expeimental class" rule changes may be made without a notification period is this correct
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Old 09-03-2006, 12:14 PM   #4
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Big shame really - could be a great class - but does not look too good for the future. Must be a few owners around now with boats that don't have a lot of use!
OUCH..... THIS IS GOING TO HURT..........BIT LIKE V24 THEN...............
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We are having our issues here in the USA with all the different organizations trying to put powerboating out there. How about more of a run what ya brung like the Lake of the Ozarks shootout? All this parody and drama costs teams more than just $$ ...
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The amount pro-vee owners where asked to pay was 4000 Euro's ! This sum was re-fundable at the end of the season if the team made the start at each venue.
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4000 euros seems reasonable, that couldn't be the problem.
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Dont seem a lot when you consider the cost of everything you laid out up to that point does it. There was something that stopped people taking up the option & choosing to sit it out thats for sure, otherwise there would be a healthy entry.
Heck it's down to the indvidual & their choice I suppose.
Whish I was in a position to have a pro Vee & have to make all oh so difficult choices.....
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