NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - The largest free motor sport event in the area was held Saturday in North Tonawanda.
Over 80 racing boat teams participated in the Thunder on the Niagara racing event in hydroplanes that catch speeds up to 180mph.
The event is considered the "fastest show on the water," and continues on Sunday along the Niagara River, Gratwick Riverside park.
The Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association partnered with the American Power Boat Racing Association and the American Canadian Hydroplane Association for the weekend race-a-thon.
Ken Brodie of Grand Island drives a Grand Prix--Class Hydroplane which is the fastest class in the race, reaching speeds up to 150 miles per hour. "This is one of our biggest races; this is stop number five out of our seven circuits. It's a hometown race for me, so to win this would be a big one."
Attendees are asked to bring a $5 donation for on-site parking at Gratwick Riverside park to help alleviate costs. Portions of the proceeds of the parking will be shared with Twin City Community Outreach, a not-for-profit organization from the City of North Tonawanda
Additional information can be found on the event website www.thunderonniagara.com
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