PBR…Not the Beer, Power Boat Racing Revisited

By David G. Firestone

Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of boat racing. I’ll watch it if it’s on, but I’m not seeking it out. Boat racing isn’t much, compared to auto racing, in terms of fan bases. The American Power Boat Association will never be on the level of NASCAR or the NHRA. I’ve had a powerboat suit in the past, but I haven’t found anything in the boat racing category for some time…until now.

Created in 1903 by an act of the New York legislature, The American Power Boat Association, or APBA, acts under the Monacco-based Union Internationale Motonautique, the world governing body for powerboating. The APBA promotes powerboating across the country.

In 1993, veteran powerboater Bob Idoni raced the Spirit of Numancia in the Super Boat category, with Fernando Souza. While I haven’t been able to find a lot of information about the season, I was able to find out that he won the 1993 Cape Coral race, the final race of the season in Cape Coral, Florida, in the Super Boat category. For that season, this Simpson double-layer firesuit was made. I’m not 100% sure what Numancia” refers to, though I’m guessing it may be the city where Fernando Souza hails from. The suit shows light use. The collar is cream with black outlines. There is no adoration, and there is a Velcro-closure.The standard Simpson warranty label is in the cowl. There is a small flag tag that reads “6/93” indicating when the suit was made.On the right chest, there is a TAG HEUER WATCHES patch, a SIMPSON patch, and an American Flag patch sewn.On the left chest there is SPIRIT OF NUMANCIA and BOB IDONI embroidered.The front torso is unadorned.The belt is the same cream with black outlines as the collar. The belt is otherwise unadorned.The legs have NUMANCIA embroidered. The cuffs are standard cuffs.

The shoulder epaulets are the same cream outlined in black as the belt and collar, and are unadorned. The right sleeve is unadorned. The left sleeve features a SIMPSON patch. The back of the suit shows some very light use.While the back of the neck is unadorned, the area just below the neck has FUTURE SUIT 504 embroidered. This is, from what I have been able to determine, an inventory thing.A large SPIRIT OF NUMANCIA logo is embroidered in the upper section of the back torso.Next week, the throwback scheme grades for 2019.


Author: dgf2099

I'm just a normal guy who collects race-worn driver suits, helmets, sheet metal, and other race-worn items. I will use this blog to help collectors, and race fans alike understand the various aspects of driver suits and helmets, and commentate on paint schemes.

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