Charlie Grigg remembers hearing the roar of hydroplanes while playing in his Pasco neighborhood near the Columbia River when he was a little kid.
“I lived a block off the river,” said Grigg. “I’d hear a boat starting up near the pits and beat feet to the river. You just miss that sound.”
Grigg, whose family owns Grigg Ace Hardware around the Tri-Cities, was talking about the sound a piston-powered unlimited hydroplane makes.
Last week, when he read a Tri-City Herald story about the Go3Racing team looking for sponsorship, he eventually came to a decision to sponsor the team in the Tri-Cities.
“I thought I should do it, then I shouldn’t, then I should,” Grigg said. “I went back and forth a number of times. I finally sent (team member) Rick Bowles an email and asked how much it would cost.”
While Grigg wouldn’t say, he did get the Ace Hardware company to go half in on the sponsorship.
“I split it 50-50 with them, so there is some national sponsorship,” Grigg said.
The boat will be called the U-3 Grigg’s presents the Miss Ace Hardware, meaning the U-3 is definitely competing in next week’s APBA HAPO Gold Cup.
Mitch Evans, the former U-3 driver who is also helping sponsor the team through his Evans Marine company at Lake Chelan, said the team was leaving from Indiana on Saturday.
The addition of the U-3 gives the Gold Cup a lineup of 12 unlimiteds competing for a spot in the July 26 race.