Robert Switzer Those were the days, we took the marine industry by surprise. "it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a Switzer wing."
Thanks to all past and current wing drivers, owners and enthusiasts.
Bob Switzer, Danny Leger, Ted Boyd, Rick Connely, Rich and Daren Luhrs and Bob Valachovic just to name a few.
Switzer Wing Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/switzer.wings
Power Cat Boats Switzer Wing Page: http://www.powercatboat.com/Switzer/wing.html
Retroboats.net Forum for Wing Enthusiasts: http://retroboats.net/
From Power Cat Website: http://www.powercatboat.com/Switzer/wing.html
Mercury (Kiekhaefer) owned the rights to all 40 18 foot Switzer Wings produced. He did, in fact, have them in a warehouse....... but that cache is long gone. Back then after 2-3 years Mercury basically wrote off and destroyed all hulls in their possession...from hydros to Offshore hulls. The exceptions were those that Merc employees and friends were able to get out the back door...or buy outright. These 18 footers that are appearing here and there....including Gene Lanham's, John Sherlock's, and a few others are probably from that stash.
|#)||Boat Name / Race #||Owner / Driver ||Location||Length||Color(s)|
|1)||El Diablo III T119||Bob Valachovic/Kenny Kitson||New York||18'||Black|
|2)||"Dust'n the Wind"||Darren & Rich Luhrs||New Jersey||20'||Black|
|3)||Boynton Beach Wing||Boynton Beach Wing, previously owned by Ted Miller, now in a midwest collection||20'||Cream yellow|
|4)||Fort Lauderdale area Wing........||Florida||20'|
Jerry Jackson / Valley Supply
|Minnesota||20'||Black & gray primer|
|6)||U-4, T-140||Rick Connolly||Arizona||18'||Red|
|7)|| T-140||John Sherlock's "Wing on a Stick"....|
Now owned by Rick Connolly
|Arizona||18'||White / Red|
|8)|| #T20, T140,|
|Rick Connolly (located by Ron Hill in SoCal )|
Bob Massey Bellflower Marine
|9)||In a collection in Dayton, Ohio||Ohio|
|10)||In a collection in Dayton, Ohio||Ohio|
|11)||In a collection in Dayton, Ohio||Ohio|
|12)||Gene Lanham's in storage (reported sold to Keith Eickert 10 years ago) ............ ||18'|
|13)|| #326||Mertens family Wing....................||18'|
|14)||Wing at a motorcycle dealership in Canada The Doyat Wing now owned by "Shadowcat"||Canada||20'||Black|
|15)||Barry Cohen's Wing .. now gone..||18'|
|16)||Wing in New Mexico rigged with 2 x 65's.....||New Mexico||18'|
|17)|| 108 T||GEORGE GUSTAFSON owner who had it stolen from Austin,Tx .. search continues (bought from Pete DeLackner in Ft. Worth)||unknown||20'|
|18)|| JJ 88||Steve Cox's Wing The boat came from Ohio.|
Purchased from Jerry Book, before him the owner was Richard Clark.
Known as the Valley Supply "Double Eagle"