CUTLINE INFORMATION: The 48-foot Cougar Cat Gentry Turbo Eagle Superboat on display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum (IMHOF) is a “can’t miss” attraction…literally! Housed under the covered pavilion, the record setting Superboat is visible from every display hall at the Museum.
The massive boat was owned and piloted by Tom Gentry who set a World Superboat speed record of 148.238 mph around a New Orleans, La. course in 1987. With Norman Gentry navigating and John Connor working the throttle on the four 1,400 hp engines, the three-man crew hit straightaway speeds of over 170 mph. In 1991, the crew used the same boat to win the Offshore Professional Tour Championship.
Admission to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 7 to 17 and free for kids age 6 and younger. Combo packages that include both tours of the museum and Talladega Superspeedway are $12 for adults, $8 for kids age 7 to 17 and free for kids age 6 and younger. The museum is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days a week with the exception of major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter).