John Shaw rocks APBA’s ‘Quake on the Lake’

Special to Dorchester Banner John Shaw posed with his three trophies after a successful weekend racing powerboats at the American Power Boat Association’s Summer Nationals in Waterford, Mich.

Special to Dorchester Banner
John Shaw posed with his three trophies after a successful weekend racing powerboats at the American Power Boat Association’s Summer Nationals in Waterford, Mich.


WATERFORD, Mich. – It must be pretty cool to have a teacher like this.

John Shaw is a teacher and track and field coach at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School – but not all the time. When he isn’t helping to mold young minds, he’s busy driving some of the country’s fastest and most successful power boats.

In last weekend’s American Power Boat Association’s championships, known as the “Quake on the Lake,” Mr. Shaw earned trophies in three divisions.

“Wow, what a day at the Summer Nationals,” he said on social media. “Thompson Brothers Racing’s E-1 finished second in a very competitive 5-litre field and Y-35 finished second in one of the most competitive 1-litre fields in years. We took home the title, winning Summer Nationals in Wayne Hagatha’s T-5, all pending inspections.”

Complete results of the races were not yet posted at press time.

“The ‘Quake’ has become a ‘must-attend event for North American Inboard Hydroplane owners and drivers with world-record racing performances from the top teams in the business,” a statement from organizers said. “The event is the proud recipient of 19 American Power Boat Association (APBA) world speed records being set in five different racing classes, making Pontiac Lake one of the fastest one-mile race courses in the country.”

“Thanks to Marty Haack, Jim Sechler, and George Kennedy for putting together some awesome motors,” Mr. Shaw said. “Thanks to the entire team that made it all possible: Ron and Sandy, Ed, Wayne, the Hennings, Steve, Rich, Lauren, Katelyn, Mom and Dad. This truly is a team effort. Thanks to Thompson Automotive Group and Sherwin Williams Paints for all the support.”

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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