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Manuel Carnakis

athlete

Inducted February, 1979

Manuel Carnakis compiled an outstanding record in over 35 years of motorboat racing, and becomes the second in this sport to make the Hall of Fame, joining John Kovacevich (1976). Carnakis captured five national championships. More amazing, his last one was 19 years after his first one. In his career, he entered 20 national championships and never finished worse than fourth. His national titles came in 1953, 1956, 1965, 1971 and 1972, the latter when he was 62 years old. His 1963 straightway speed mark was a world record which stood for three years. He was named an All-American Boater and, eight years ago was inducted into the Marine Racing Hall of Fame in Seattle.