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Bethany J. Royer

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By Bethany J. Royer

Staff Writer


PIQUA — Once again the Hoverclub of America will descend upon the Great Miami River beginning Friday, July 18 (See schedule at end of story) in downtown Piqua.

This will be the second year for the Hoverally event to be held around the bridge and “bowl” of the river, which should please both racers and eager-viewing crowds. As racers and cruisers will float a mere 10 inches above either water or land, and will include a host of hovercrafts from commercial to homemade such as those constructed by Edison Community college students, and Sidney Big Brother, Little Brother pair Mark Curtner and Tylor Hawk.

Dan Heidel, public relations coordinator for Hoverclub of America, once again provided a sneek peak on preparations for the big weekend event. One that included several trips into the area over the last few weeks to keep an eye on the river conditions - stating the river has dropped every week. He also shared that in an effort to get word out on the big day, more promotions were held such as showcasing a hovercraft during the Piqua Farmer’s Market and hopes to have an even, “better turn out than last year.”

While last year consisted of some concern on crowd numbers and safety, with familiarity it, “made it a lot easier to (come) back,” to Piqua said Heidel who estimates as many as 30 crafters will take part in the event, and encourages those interested in volunteering a helping hand during the big day to contact him.

The Hoverclub of America was formed in 1974 and incorporated in 1976 as a 501(c)(7) not for profit corporation in the state of Indiana.

The event will go on rain or shine

More information at www.hoverclubofamerica.org or to contact Dan Heidel for volunteer opportunities call 513/293-9749

Schedule of Events


Arrival and Setup

10 a.m. Race Course Construction and Setup

4 p.m. Participant Arrival and Paddock Setup

6 p.m. Early Bird dinner at the Boomerang Pub


Sanctioned Racing, Challenge and Cruise

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participant Arrival & Registration

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Safety Inspection

12:30 p.m. Driver’s Meeting and Course Officials Briefing

12:30 p.m. Cruisers meeting and Challenge Briefing

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Cruiser’s Challenge timed runs

2:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. Cruise from Piqua to Sydney

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Race Course Open for Practice

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Time Trials (if necessary)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. 1 heat of Sanctioned Racing - FN, FE/FJ, F35, F50/FS, F1/F2

5 p.m . Racecourse Closed


Sanctioned Racing and Cruising

9 a.m. to noon Participant Registration

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Safety Inspection

11 a.m. Driver’s Meeting and Course Officials Briefing

11 a.m. Cruiser’s Meeting and Challenge (River Junk) Briefing

Noon to 5 p.m. Cruise and Challenge (Box lunch provided)

11:30 a.m. – Noon Race Course Open for Practice

1 p.m. – 5 p.m. 2 heats of Sanctioned Racing - FE/FJ, F35, F50/FS, F1/F2

5 p.m. Racecourse Closed

6:30 p.m. Catered Awards Banquet for club members and families at Z’s Sports Bar

* Racecourse closed except during published times.


Endurance Race

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Safety Inspection

11 a.m. Driver meeting

11:30 a.m. – Noon Race Course Open for Practice

Noon to 2 p.m. Endurance Race

2:30 p.m. Awards ceremony on the Levee

3 p.m. Tear down, cleanup and departure

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