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1967 Miss Budweiser

The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum's 1967 Miss Budwieser was built by Les Staudacher in 1962 for Shirley Mendelson McDonald. She ran in 1962 and 1963 as the Notre Dame. In 1965 the boat was renamed Shu-Shu.

In 1967, the 4th Miss Budweiser crashed in Tampa Florida, killing Bill Brow. Bernie Little bought the Shu-Shu and turned her into the 5th Miss Budweiser. She was driven by Mike Thomas and won the British Columbia Cup in Kelowna BC. The boat was replaced by the famous Ed Karelsen-built hull in 1968.

The hulled next raced in 1970 as the Burien Lady with George Henley a the wheel. It continued running under a variety of names until 1980.

The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum restored the boat to her Miss Budweiser colors in 1999 just in time to take part in filming the movie Madison.

The 1967 Miss Budweiser is often mistaken for the four seat Miss Budweiser that originally started out as Guy Lombardo's Tempo.

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Comment by Steven John cooper on March 26, 2021 at 3:31pm

Hi to all from Oz, regarding the 1977 Miss Budweiser National Champion which bought by Ron Burton and raced successfully in Australia. After Ron put the boat in storage myself Steve Cooper, Joe Cooper and Vern White acquired and re built her with an 86A Merlin with water meth injection. After 2 seasons the boat was sold to Ken Warby who immediately on the boat on sold the boat to the USA

Does anyone know of her whereabouts

Regards Steve Cooper

Comment by Pastor David Ash Sr. on January 5, 2021 at 12:48pm

i grew up w/ Mike Thomas in Harvey Cedars ,N.J. during the 50s/60s & watched him practice on Barnegat Bay. i painted his 266 in the 60s.He was a kind and loving person. GOD bless him !!!

Comment by Dave Wrzesinski on October 12, 2018 at 5:56pm

This was the first Staudacher built Notre Dame. The boat was driven by Col Gardener. It had a major fire and was brought back to the shop and turned on to the two seater named SHU SHU 

Comment by Jere Heiser on March 9, 2013 at 8:04pm

Hi Dale, the entire cockpit is wider which allows it to have two separate seats. That configuration was done in 1965 when Shirley Mendelson had it turned into the Shu Shu. It ran the two seat configuration from that point on including it's time as the Miss Budweiser. I would be really surprised if anyone went along in a race.

Comment by Dale R. Woodruff on March 9, 2013 at 9:35am

With the wider seat it would seem the cocpit would be a tight fit, was it wider for giving rides or at anytime was a second person to be on board during races?

Comment by Jere Heiser on September 26, 2011 at 7:55pm

John Goodman's 1967 Miss Budweiser will be participating in this weekends Mahogany and Merlot event on Lake Chelan. Rumor has it the Merlin powered beauty has never looked better.

Comment by gordon ryun on December 11, 2010 at 10:43pm

the old girl was i need of some tlc in the tail so i pulled it off will be good as new soon

Comment by gordon ryun on December 4, 2010 at 10:19pm
Congradulations to pete orton for winning the highest honor the museum gives the gold cup of volunteering you deserved it ,again congrats it has been a privilege to work on the miss bud with you
Comment by gordon ryun on December 3, 2010 at 7:05pm
sorry not very good at this uploading thing theres a couple of doubles but just some random shots of pete,jere,andme before and after chelan 2010
Comment by gordon ryun on December 3, 2010 at 7:02pm


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