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1957-58 Wildroot Charlie

1957-58 Wildroot Charlie

Owner/Driver: Ron Daum

Hometown: Woodinville, WA

Yearly Boat Points Finishes

2022: Did not compete

2021: Did not compete

2020: Not held due to COVID-19 pandemic

2019: 3106 points, 12th of 31 boats

2018: 3115 points, 12th of 26 boats

2017: 3571 points, 10th of 18 boats

2016: 5172 points, 9th of 16 boats

2015: 3460 points, 9th of 14 boats

2014: 2294 points, 9th of 15 boats

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Hull #5454

The U-54 Wildroot Charlie made its debut for the Detroit-based Gale team as the U-54 Gale IV in 1954.  Together with the first GALE V, she was half of one of the most successful two-boat racing teams in the history of the sport. With Bill Cantrell driving, GALE IV won the 1954 Indiana Governor's Cup, the 1954 President's Cup, and the 1955 Detroit Memorial Regatta.  Sold to the Buffalo Syndicate in 1957, GALE IV was renamed WILDROOT CHARLIE with sponsorship from Wildroot Cream Oil, a hair product,  and raced under that name during 1957-58 seasons out of the Buffalo Launch Club of Grand Island, New York. With Bob Schroeder driving, she finished second in National High Points in 1957 and forth in 1958. It's interesting to note that WILDROOT CHARLIE's former owners (Joe and Lee Schoenith) had a very disappointing 1957 season with GALE V and GALE VI and the boat that they sold finished ahead of them in every race!

1957-58 Wildroot Charlie

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