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APBA: A Long and Proud History

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The American Power Boat Association has been sanctioning power boat racing from the very beginning of the sport. Those who love boat racing have worked tirelessly to preserve a glorious past and ensure a vibrant future. Here are some snapshots from APBA's past...

Thank you, Stan Fitts

Stan Fitts

We honor the memory of Stan Fitts, who was a great friend of the American Power Boat Association and the APBA Historical Society. Stan died February 18, 2014 at age 74.

He served the American Power Boat Association for over 40 years in countless ways. Stan was a Region Chairman, President, Treasurer, Category Chairman and Council member. Active in just about every racing category from Outboard to Offshore, Stan was also a scorer and official at many races. He was often the only man at Scoring Committee meetings.

As Treasurer of the APBA Historical Society, Stan freely lent his expertise, thoughtful advice and support to every undertaking. He was essential to the founding of the APBA Historical Society Museum, helping to create an amazing display of racing artifacts dating back to the beginning of the sport.

Stan's cheerfulness, energy and commitment inspired generations of boat racers and set a high standard of service.

In memory of Stan Fitts and the late Dave Packer, the APBA Historical Society has set up a Driving School Fund. Grants from the Fund will support local Outboard Driving Schools across the country.

We can't think of a better way to remember and honor a wonderful friend of boat racing, and of the APBA Historical Society. Thank you, Stan Fitts.

To read Stan's memorial in Propeller magazine, click HERE

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