We're racing through history!
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing.
Today, there is only one piston-powered unlimited hydroplane — Ed Cooper's U-3. It uses a turbocharged Allison engine developed for World War II fighter planes. The U-3 team builds most of its own engines, but it is estimated an engine like the one in the U-3 would cost $70,000-$80,000 to buy new. Allison engines run on methanol fuel and burn much more than a turbine. The U-3 burns 18 gallons of methanol a minute while the turbine burns 4.3 gallons of kerosene…Continue
Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame member and former Pay 'N Pak Crew Chief Jim Lucero, along with current owner and former Museum President Ken Muscatel dropped by to see the progress made on the restoration of the Winged Wonder. The Pak was moved out of the boat shop and into the main Museum hall, where the restoration will be finished.
Restoration has begun on the 1979 Squire Shop unlimited hydroplane. Designed by Dave Knowlen and built by Norm Berg, this was the boat that legendary driver Chip Hanauer used to scored his very first Unlimited victory.
The Video Vault is a private Group, on our web site, that provides Museum members access to hundreds of hours of hydroplane video footage. Some of the footage is very rare, not seen in public for decades. Here is how you can join!