Sport: Duel of Delicate Mechanisms

For the 9,000 residents of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., on the banks of the Colorado River, time is measured in spectaculars as well as in seconds. There is, for example, a celebrity tennis tournament in March, a sailboat regatta in April, a water-skiing meet in June. As a special added attraction this year, there was the formal dedication of London Bridge, imported block by block from the banks of the Thames. When it comes to truly big splashes, though, nothing quite matches the Outboard World Championship.

Last weekend, 40,000 outboard enthusiasts descended on Havasu...

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