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For Release: Sept. 15, 1995

Catherine E. Watson
(804) 864-6122

Release No. 95-93

High Performance Powerboat Racer to Discuss Boat Design and Testing

Powerboat racer Reggie Fountain will discuss the research and development that goes into the design of high performance powerboats at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the NASA Langley H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., Hampton, Va. Fountain will link past powerboat designs to the present, and share his view of the future of powerboats.

Fountain entered his first boat race in 1954 at the age of 14. In 1978 he retired from active competition to begin an extensive research and development testing program commissioned by Mercury Marine. Fountain started with a 31-foot V-bottom Excalibur boat and modified it extensively to improve both the handling and acceleration. This was the start of what is now Fountain Powerboats.

In addition to world-renowned powerboats, Fountain has also developed a successful line of outboard and stern-drive fishing boats. Fountain is head of research and development for his company and performs all initial on-the-water testing of new powerboats.

Fountain still logs approximately 1,000 hours a year on the water. In 1990 Fountain returned to powerboat racing and set the V-bottom boat world speed record twice. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with degrees in business and law.

The colloquium begins at 2 p.m., with a media briefing at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center. Media who wish to attend the briefing should contact Catherine Watson at (804) 864-6122. Fountain will present the same lecture at the Virginia Air and Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, Va. at 7:30 p.m. There is no cost for this lecture and no reservations are required.

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