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Superblast from the Past

I recently spent some time at Mercury Marine’s test facility, Lake X, in central Florida, checking out some very interesting developments we’ll cover in the April 2018 issue of Power & Motoryacht.

Shuttered for several years, the highly mysterious, famously top-secret Lake X was just re-opened via a high-profile press event. For reasons that are a little too complicated to go into here, I can’t tell you much more at this point.

However, if you want to see for yourself what actually took place at Lake X back in the glory days (i.e., during the late 1950s), watch this video. Although a few choice details get little or no play (like the Grumman Goose G-21 amphibious aircraft that served as one of Mercury’s company planes, the gastronomical events that featured steaks imported from the wide-open wilds of Fond du Lac, and the three-story, lakeside observation tower with giant, round spaceship windows), there’s lots of stuff that’s deeply and nostalgically entertaining. Doing 25,000 non-stop miles in a couple of runabouts? Running day and night? Regardless of the weather and the alligators? Quite a decade, the 50s!