How was your performance in 2018? What were your strong and weak points?
In 2018, we were not consistent. Hight points were making the podium at Brockville and North Tonawanda. Low points was not finishing at St-Félicien and Gananoque.
Are there any changes to your boat or your team?
New back up driver Bobby King. Also, new engine parts and additional propellers.
What are your goals for the 2019 season?
Win the championship and win multiplue finals.
Intensity is the name of the boat you drive in the Grand Prix class. Can you explain what it means to you?
I believe it perfectly describes what it takes to be competitive in the sport, especially at the Grand Prix level. Intensity has to come from passion and a love for boat racing, which I have been harboring from a very young age. My father raced before me and is now an important part of my team. It is all we have ever done!
This passion also translated in the fabrication of your hydroplane.
Yes. While most hulls are commissioned by the teams and built by boat manufacturers, we decided to build the boat ourselves, from an Auld kit. We are very proud of the fact that we were able to create such a high-performance hydroplane.
Can you describe one of the most intense moments you have experienced during a race?
With over 23 years of boat racing under my belt, I have had a few of those moments. One that stands out is during the Grand Prix final in Long Sault, in 2014. I led the race from start to finish. Team Steeler and Marc Théôret’s 444 both broke down trying to catch me and I went on to win the final! It is a hard feeling to describe – the adrenaline, the speed, the focus – but it certainly was one of the most exciting races of my career.
What brought you to this sport?
Family. I grew up with this sport. Its been part of my life since I was a little boy. My father drove before me and is still my Crew Chief today.
GP-50 is your boat number and also your primary sponsor. Can you tell our fans a little bit more about GP:50?
GP:50 is a company that designs and manufactures world class Pressure and Temperature sensors for the Aerospace, Oil and Gas Industrial and Plastic markets. Don the founder tells us that he was 50yrs old when he founded the company therefore the number 50. As for the GP in the name it’s not quite so clear, General Pressure, Great People, and so on. Ken prefers to believe its stands for Grand Prix.
Ken Brodie Sr.