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Long before Cigarette

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  1. SplashFl

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    Before The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, they slipped down to Miami to fulfill their dream of a ride on a go-fast boat with Don Aronow.
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    Donzi and some dudes on a magical mystery tour?
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    Funny thing is that 23 was probably considered pretty big in the day .
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    Fans of The Beatles and of Formula Boats love that picture. I don't know the story behind Formula Boats but this is some of the history as I understand it. Not that this is a Formula Boat but certainly related to the current companies lineage.
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    If memory serves, the order of companies was Formula, Donzi, Magnum, Cigarette, Squadron and finally USA cats. Little known fact, Don(zi) not only pioneered offshore race boats, he also built a catamaran for lake racing called the Magnum Missile (see 1st pic). Peter Hleden of Skater fame built a similar proof of concept that was essentially the prelude to modern Skaters (2nd pic).

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    Buddy of mine purchased the last dozen new Missile's from Don and had them for sale at a route 34 boat dealer in NJ. When he was 15 ish he had the first 18' Donzi in the Manasquan NJ area and made news after jumping a spt. fish wake slamming her into a strapped together group of pilings. The Missile's ran great in calm waters into the wind as they "stood up" on just 3 points, but running with the wind the bow was just inches above the water surface risking stern over bow flip.
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    There was also the Formula Jr. before Donzi
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    And then there were these I'll be surprised if anyone here knows the brand.
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    You just schooled me, Splash! A prelude to the sweet-16'?

    On the next pic, I want to say North American, but I don't know why??
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    LOL I"m impressed. Posted it years ago on another board. No one had a clue other then a neighbor in the boat business. North American S-18. I believe they also made an S-22 but very few of each. It was faster then the early Donzi's that showed up back then but soon as calm water was gone Donzi's left her in the "dust."
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    Had to cut the resolution a bit to post so tough to make out the white, S-18, sticker in the back. Sure was a LONG time ago.
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    It WAS a long time ago! Early 70s. Appreciate the trip down memory canal. :)
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    Looks like a show room on Arlington Rd in Jax.
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    I learned how to drag Hoo behind and OMC S-22.
    Loved the boat, hated the engine package.