Here we go, the teasers are starting to roll in. While the Katzs team already has two Cobras down in Florida ready to go with more coming, fellow Woody Boater Aaron LaDonne and the folks at YNOT who do insane fiberglass work and winners of best in show from previous years are about to unleash another fantastic plastic Donzi on us poor slobs.
I smell exhaust, gas burning, and mahogany and plastic doing shoot outs on the lake. The teasers rock, with the Gulf Racing colors. My weak spot by the way.. THIS IS WHY YOU GO TO FLORIDA by the way. Still on the fence? WHY for gods sake!
Here is some of the background on the special Donzi.
1967 DONZI BENCH SEAT HORNET
YNOT Yachts is nearing the completion of the restoration of a 1967 Donzi 19 Hornet 7-Litre, also referred to as the Bench Seat Hornet. The Hornet is a refined version of the famous Donzi 19 ocean racers from the 1960s, which were hailed as “the most spectacular rough water boats ever built.”
The Hornet 7-Litre was designed by by a team composed of Don Aronow, Dave Stirrat, Jim Wynne and Waltman W. Walters – internationally known marine consultants, designers, ocean racers and builders, and the same team that designed, raced and owned the Formula 233, Formula 275 and Formula Jr.
In early testes of the stock Donzi 19 Hornet, speeds topped 70 m.p.h., which is one of the reasons that Donzi Marine Corp. could guarantee 55 m.p.h. speeds at delivery with the standard power and 60 m.p.h.+ with the available power options.
Donzi Marine built less than 40 Bench Seat Hornets from 1964 through 1971; with power options from Crusader, Holman & Moody and Daytona Marine (fully warranted turbo charged engine) and offered both V-drive and stern drive configurations.