Anthony Currier, of Shelby Township, won the Most Outrageous Boat Award at Autorama in Detroit in early March for the 35-foot boat that he built.

Anthony Currier, of Shelby Township, won the Most Outrageous Boat Award at Autorama in Detroit in early March for the 35-foot boat that he built.

Photo provided by Michelle Currier


Shelby Township resident wins Most Outrageous Boat Award at Autorama

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published March 12, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP  —  A Shelby Township man won first place for the Most Outrageous Boat Award at Autorama in Detroit in early March.

Anthony Currier was invited to unveil his boat, which he spent many years building, at the show and ended up winning an award in offshore racing for all his hard work.

“The response from the public was amazing and the wildest thing they (had) ever seen,” Currier said in an email.

Autorama is a custom car show held annually in Detroit. On March 3, Currier won the award for his boat he spent years building and perfecting.

“At the judging ceremony, our offshore race boat took first place in Most Outrageous Boat,” said Michelle Currier, Anthony’s wife, in an email.

Anthony built a powerboat called Rumblephish, which is a yellow fiberglass boat that was built for speed.

“It’s a 35-foot, scaled-back deep V. It has a 522-cubic-inch big block Chevy (engine), supercharged and fueled by Big Stuff 3 EFI injection. (It) also has custom-made zoomies with an AC fixed surface drive,” said Michelle.

The engine produces 1,200 horsepower.

Anthony said he spent nine years working on the research and development of the project, and that he built the boat from scratch to make it into the award-winning boat it is today.

“I started with three molds: the bottom, the top and the canopy, which took several months for perfection and a couple years to assemble the boat.

“The rest of the years were in research and development, which involved placement of the engine, surface drive and rudder location. Last but not least, custom airbrushing and paint job,” said Anthony.

Michelle said they are looking to set the world speed record this summer.

“My husband designed and created the most outrageous (hull) design. We are also involved with NASA and Ohio State University to set (a) world speed record with an electric motor this summer,” said Michelle.

Anthony said that what inspired him to build the boat was his years of powerboat racing.

“After years of offshore powerboat racing, I wanted to build and design the most outrageous powerboat of all time,” said Anthony.

He said the boat was created in St. Clair, Michigan, and then they moved it to Shelby Township and finished the boat five days before Autorama.

Anthony also said that the cost to build it is not really something that could be recorded, since it has been over nine years.

“I really couldn’t put an amount on the project after the nine years; the motor alone is about $75,000.”

Anthony said that after his experience at Autorama this year, he is already looking forward to next year.

“It was pretty cool to have my race boat entered at a hot rod event and all the support from the people at Autorama. We will be there next year for sure,” he said.

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