Born in 1974, Todd Lamb was introduced immediately into the high speed boating arena. His father Walter Lamb was a native from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and raised on the water, so it was only destiny that his son would follow. With learning to maintain his father’s and family friend’s exotic high speed boats at a very young age. This is where the mostly self-taught Lamb learned everything from motors to fiberglass repair. Walter Lamb was one of the first in the early 80’s to order a new 24’ Skater Pleasure Cat from Pete HLedin at Skater in Douglas Michigan. Pete became a very high influence on Todd’s learning as many trips to the factory in the 80’s and 90’s with tons of phone calls to Pete on help with everything from repairing customer’s boats to his own personal race crafts. Todd attributes a lot of his knowledge and capabilities to Pete HLedin. Todd and his father travelled to boat shoot outs on the East side in the 24 Skater and had a ball. This Skater led the family into a slew of Skater’s over the years. Everything from 21’s with singles and twins, more 24’s, 28’s, 32’s and even a 36 Skater.
In 1992, at the age of 18, Todd started his drag racing career with the ADBA (American Drag Boat Association), SDBA (St. Louis Drag boat Association) and IHBA (International Hot Boat Association) sanctions. After meeting and being taking under the professional arms of world famous outboard racer Jon Wright and engine guru Earl Moorman, Todd entered the Unlimited Outboard Hydro Class and is one of only a hand full of drivers to power an outboard hydro over 140 mph in the liquid quarter mile. After learning about these boats and taking advice from pro’s like Gary Pugh. Lamb started tinkering with building a few hydro’s on his own in the 90’s. After needing more speed like most boat racing junkies. Todd moved into a 200 mph capsuled blown alcohol drag hydro. After seeing a huge loss of life in the Blown Alcohol, Top fuel classes and some of his current mentor’s and friend’s. Todd decided to step out of the boat racing arena and go to the quarter mile asphalt for a short period. Spending only 2 years wheeling an ex-pro stock drag motorcycle down the quarter mile. It was not the same as the high speeds on the water.
So in 1998 Todd returned to the water racing again in a Formula 2 tunnel outboard circle racing boat. A couple of years in this class Todd decided to start building is own boats and had a very successful run with his builds. With providing boats for world famous F1 and F2 racers like Terry Rinker, Randy Rinker, Kelly Kidwell, Mike Maskal, Paul Balfour, Barry Wolf and many others. The Lamb hull is proven a winner. Unfortunately, with a broken neck sustained in 2002 during a F2 race, Lamb only ran a couple of years after that and had to hang it up to recover.
In 2005 with a change in life, Todd had to sell the boat racing company and stick to just boat repairing, because of a non-compete in place. This allowed Lamb to do a lot of sub contract work like consulting, plug designing and mold making for some of the top boat manufactures out there.
In 2008 to 2011 Lamb once again tried his luck at the quarter mile asphalt in a Top Alcohol Funny Car in the IHRA and NHRA ranks. With a short stint in testing and exhibition runs. Lamb found this still was not his love and to just stick to the water.
In the late part of 2013 the next boat venture got under way as Lamb bought the original Talon Companies, Gary Armington designed and built Talon 22 outboard and inboard molds (two separate molds.) Lamb still continues to use the Talon 22 name and calls the outboard model the SS and what was known only as the inboard model the XL. The XL is now available in outboard or inboard configuration. With the first Talon being built in 2014 and having instant success with a stock Mercury 300XS out of the gates running a little over 100mph. With final touches, correct props and motor height adjustment, that boat found a top speed of 106 mph. The fastest stock Screaming Eagle Talon 22 SS to date has run 110 mph with a stock Mercury 300xs.
Today you will find Lamb out testing his boats and customer’s boats and spending time with his family on the water. You will see him at Poker Runs, Shootout’s and other boating events. The personal experience and great people Lamb has met over the years is why he continues in the boating world and he Thanks every one of them for blessing him with friendship, work and knowledge.
"I don't need therapy, I just need my boat"
"I don't need therapy, I just need my boat"