About Us

About Us

NFBRA was organized in the spring of 1939 by 14 Racing Outboard Hydroplane drivers. It is the oldest boat racing club on the Niagara Frontier. The original Board of Directors in 1939 were Bob Graber, Raymond DeGlopper, Olive Howard, Ken Wolff and Arthur Baitz.

NFBRA’s objective is promote boat racing on the Niagara Frontier.

Our members have gained recognition throughout the United States and Canada for racing skills, fast

boats, sportsmanship and world records. Today’s membership of over 50 consists of owners, drivers, mechanics and those with a genuine interest in further developing and maintaining boat racing on the Niagara region. We have, for the past 14 years, enjoyed racing at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda. Our goal is to continue to make it one of the premier locations to race.

Membership is open to those interested in the sport. Applications can be requested via mail addressed

to the club at 100 Ridge Rd. North Tonawanda NY 14120. Meeting are presently held the third Tuesday

of every month at the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club.

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Blast from the Past-Darryl M. Monette


The Commodore

Darryl Monette served as Commodore of the Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association for over 10 years. He also was APBA Region 2 Chairman for several years. Darryl was totally dedicated to the sport of competitive boat racing for all of his adult life. That life ended too soon, August 13, 2017.

Talented in all aspects of boat racing, he was adept at boat building, engine building and maintenance; and very skilled as a driver in several APBA Inboard classes. He also worked on an Unlimied hydroplane team for a while. 

As a young man, he was familiar with the local boat racing community. He attended all the local regattas held on the Niagara River.

Soon he acquired his first hydro--an 850 called Loose Lips--and began a long career as a hydroplane owner-driver in several classes. Darryl became skilled in all aspects of racing, both with his own boats and promoting and producing highly successful races on the Niagara River for many years. Other hulls he campaigned included One More Time, Summer Magic and Fantasy.


His rapid rise to success was highlights by outstanding accomplishments in 2006. That season Darryl drove Fantasy 711  in the National Modified class to the Summer National, North American, Easter Divisional, and MACH series championships. He finished as National High Point Champion, earning the designation US-1. He also was the Maryland Cup Champ and Virginia Triple Crown Champion. In 2008, he won the World Championship in Valleyfield, Canada.

Darryl met his wife Luanne, the love of his life, at a Valleyfield race, and they formed an inseparable team for 20 years. Together they worked in all capacities of our racing world. Luanne helped with the family race boat and helped the dive team with yearly capsule training. She continues to help with every Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association activity. Luanne currently serves on the Thunder committee and you can see her buzzing around the race site in a golf cart, doing a multitude of tasks at this race.


In later years, Darryl shifted his focus to the local Niagara APBA dive team and continued to serve in that capacity for many of the local races. He also volunteered his assitance with the APBA Inboard Driving School, instructing students taking the class held in the Northeast. In the Vintage & Historic Division, Darryl's expertise made him a sterling certified inspector. He served in that capacity at several Buffalo Launch Club Vintage events.

Darryl Monette was one of the rare, great people who distinguish themselves by always being willing to help when needed. He always have back to the sport he loved, and we are grateful to have known him.


 The THUNDER ON THE NIAGARA returns this summer on
August 3rd & 4th at Gratwick Park, North Tonawanda, NY with
Fast, Loud HYDROPLANE Racing !!

We invite YOUR CORPORATION to partner with us by becoming a sponsor! 



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Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association

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