The night before the Big Rock Tournament, Glass Machine arrived in Morehead City, North Carolina. The next morning, it was blowing like hell and the boats were staged at the inlet, waiting for the opportunity to head out. As Glass Machine idled around the corner, the fleet started the 10-knot jog out of the channel. On one side of LaCombe sat his mechanic, Glenn Hoff, and Monterey's future general manager, Kenny Russell, on the other. LaCombe looked at them and said, "Let's show these North Carolina boys what this Florida boat can do."