At this point in time MB was still a very small, very family-run business with Caren doing all the paperwork and answering the phones from a desk right on the factory floor. Mike and his father Irv worked side-by-side, day and night with a few other artisans, building boats by hand.
The first MB Sports boat, built by Mike and Irv Brendel along with a few trusted partners. This boat was nicknamed "Kermit" because the gelcoat came out such a bright green. It was built at a friend's farm near Merced, CA. Then Irv, Mike, and Delbert Briscoe (Mike's father-in-law) towed it across the country, for the WaterSki magazine test.
Irv Brendel's "Hot Damn Hondo 006" broke records and won races in Long Beach and Oakland. In fact they broke and set every record in NDBA, APBA and UMI making history in the racing books; making them legends in their own time. Mike was the driver of that boat and was elected to the Gulf Hall of Fame as a result of those runs.