It's just the beginning of one man's journey to race on the water. Josh Culver, an aspiring hydro's driver took the first steps Sunday afternoon in fulfilling a dream. The 20-year-old, testing out his one liter inboard hydroplane at Columbia Park, for the first time ever.
Making the transition from racing dirt bikes, to a hydroplane that can run to an upwards of 110 miles per hour. The Kennewick native will take part in his first ever series of races this weekend in Yelm. Sunday's test run had some troubles, the team forgetting to plug in the throttle cable which caused the hydroplane to stall. Later the team discovering the engine needed a tune up.
Culver said, "That's why we're doing this here instead of the first race. Yelm we'll make a check list and throttle cable will be number one. I can't tell if I'm cold or nervous, but I'm going to try to stay as relaxed as possible bit I still wanna be focused out there and be alert and make good decisions. I'm gonna try to get as much out of it as I can, and just get a feel for the boat that's the main thing. Know what the boat can do, and what I can do. Six propellers to try out, and if we're going to do any motor tunings. So a few hours today and that will be it, and next weekend first race."