Team Scandinavian Offshore Challenge (SOC) consists of driver Michael Silfverberg and throttleman Nigel Hook. The Ilmor-powered #77 Lucas Oil Vector took 2nd place in Sprint Race of the Sardinian Grand Prix of the Sea in 2010.
Michael Silfverberg, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, is a businessman and entrepreneur involved in numerous industries such as real estates, media, packaging, yacht club, restaurants, car equipment, audio visual equipment etc. Michael excels from a lifetime on the sea with service as a commercial captain, a navy submariner, and owner of Supreme Marine, a dealership and service provider for yachts and high–performance boats in Sweden.
Michael´s attraction to powerboat has been built up over many years of driving fast pleasure boats. The decision to take the final step into official racing has been excelled by a passion for the sea, the power of offshore race boats and a drive to shape a winning team.
For a long time, Michael has been looking for a suitable racing circuit mainly based in Europe with the high level of organisation and professionalism which is found in GPS Powerboat World Championship.
Originally from Staffordshire, UK, Nigel Hook now resides in Del Mar, California, where he owns DATASKILL, Inc. – an INC-500 eBusiness integration and consulting firm.
Nigel's attraction to powerboat racing came at an early age, following his mentor and uncle, the late Roger Hook, (British National Champion '68, '69) to hundreds of circuit and offshore races, including the legendary Cowes-Torquay-Cowes. In 1974, Nigel seized the opportunity to compete in his first race, the Dawlish 100.
After moving to California in 1984, Nigel set about building a new V-hull to race in the Pacific Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (POPBRA) series. He throttled the boat to the 1989 POPBRA High Points Championship and also set the Powerboat Magazine World Speed Trials record for Class VII.
Nigel has during his racing career won numerous championships in the US and overseas and in 1998 he set an unprecedented season with a World Championship and back-to-back National Titles. In addition, his team accrued more points nationally than any other race boat across all classes in APBA Offshore. In the process, winning the Western Division Championship in Class B and the S.E. Divisional Championship, which elevated the team to the highest honor in American Power Boat Racing – Nigel was inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions.
Nobody in the sport has competed more consistently in the top Super V class, than Nigel Hook.