Ted Gryguc was Canada ‘s most prominent outboard racer from the late-1980s through his retirement in 1999. Ted started working with performance boats in 1977 and soon had a reputation for making fast boats even faster. By 1980, he had his own firm, Speedmaster Marine. That year he took an old boat, fixed it up, and started racing himself. The next year, Ted won his first Canadian title. From 1981 to 1988, Ted Gryguc earned six Canadian High Point Championships and five Canadian National Championships in CBF’s Modified FL and VP classes. In 1991, he was the Mod VP World Champion. He also tried marathon racing, becoming the first Canadian winner of classic events like the Parker Seven Hour Enduro, the Lake Havasu Classic and the Bill Muncey Memorial Trophy. From 1986 to 1992, Ted raced successfully on the International Outboard Grand Prix (IOGP) circuit. He took a two year hiatus from racing in 1992-1993 but missed the competition. He also saw a direct correlation between his racing successes and his firm’s sales and service work. In 1995, at the age of 45, Ted Gryguc bought a Formula 1 tunnel boat and mounted an attack on the premier outboard class. He succeeded, capturing three Canadian National Championships and three Canadian High Point Championships between 1995 and 1999. Ted also raced in the Dominican Republic garnering further recognition as an international competitor. Since retirement, he continues to run his marine business, builds high-performance boats and contributes to the sport as a team owner.
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