The crews of the H1 Unlimited and Grand Prix hydroplanes that will be racing on Guntersville Lake this weekend allowed fans to get an up close and personal look Thursday. 

The boats were all in the parking lot at Guntersville High School for a "meet and greet."

The Wiggins team based in Rainbow City is something of the "hometown" team since they're so close. And it definitely had a hometown feel Thursday.

Bill Collins Jr., the former John Deere dealer in Guntersville, is part of the crew. So is Ivan Teal, who does all the team's wraps and decal work. 

Wiggins even has a couple local sponsors, the Char Burger out of Warrenton and Spices out of Boaz.

Wiggins will not be racing in the H1 series this year, but has a Grand Prix boat. Collins said they've done some things and think they will field a very competitive boat. 

"It was clocked at 181 MPH on a straightaway last year," Collins said. "That's not a lap speed, but a speed in the straight."

Jimmy Shane in the Miss HomeStreet boat out of Madison, Indiana, was one of the top drivers last year. 

His crew members said Jimmy is wanting to make a strong showing this year. 

The team's boat has the same color scheme as last year, but it's an entirely new boat this year. 

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