Scott Meyers: A Labor of Love in Hydro RacingPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- With the Columbia Cup just a couple week's away, one local business owner is putting a lot of his time and money into hydro racing.
Welcome to the world of 2.5-Liter Stock hydro racing. This is where a 4-cylinder Pinto car engine takes you around a course in about 53 seconds.
"The first thing is total fear when this thing starts," said S-81 Owner Scott Meyers. "When it gets moving, you're hoping, gee, I hope it moves fast. And once it comes screaming around the course and it's flying. It's just amazing."
Scott Meyers owns the S-81 and Meyers' Auto Tech, an auto repair shop in Kennewick. One of the main differences between getting a car ready and a hydro ready is that a car engine can take a week to build while a hydro engine may have to be built in about 4 hours.
"With this thing here, it's just amazing how much it breaks," said Meyers. "It's just a brutal thing bouncing along the water. I really had no idea. So we are fixing things constantly."
And as it turns out, there is a whole lot more money in car repair than in hydro racing, even if you win a race.
"They say congratulations and they hand you a trophy," said Meyers. "And eventually it winds up in a box in your attic."
Meyers' S-81 is fresh off a race win in Olympia at the Western Divisional. He is now on his way to Michigan and Virginia.
"You've got 5 minutes of yeah, this is all worth it and then you get back on the truck, you go back to work, and you start all over again," said Meyers.
The S-81 sits in first in the points race in 2.5-Liter Stock. Whether it's car engines or hydro engines, it looks like Scott Meyers' knows how to make it work.