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1979 Squire Shop

Restoration of the 1979 Squire Shop unlimited hydroplane is under way. 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.

Follow the progress of the restoration here and by visiting the 1979 Squire Shop Restoration Blog.

Website: http://www.79squireshop.weebly.com
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Latest Activity: Nov 4, 2020

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Comment by Bryan Anderson on October 13, 2018 at 5:59pm

can you tell me when the first time the squire shop was restored and who the restoration team was

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on April 28, 2018 at 4:31pm

Today's update is now posted..

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on April 23, 2018 at 9:06pm

Restoration images have been uploaded to a new section titled Squire Shop Restoration Update. it's located just to the right of this section, cheers.. :-)

Comment by Phil Lampman on April 22, 2018 at 3:10pm

Great job, Tim. You fellows have provided some great talent and acumen to take on this challenging project.I can hardly wait to see the Squire Shop in the water once again. I'm going to have my Britannia jeans let out so I can wear them to the launch. Might be the first pair of period-correct Squire Shop jeans to be "flared" at both the legs and the waistband.

Thanks to you and the team for bringing back yet another legendary thunderboat for the museum.

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on April 22, 2018 at 9:11am

Squire Shop Restoration Update: (04/22/2018)

Saturday 04.21.2018 was a great day for the project, we brought in some great extra help that allowed the team to get all of the bottom plywood panels glued to the aluminum skins thus allowing for the final fit and eventual installation of these bottom panels.

A big thank you to everyone for this huge effort.. :-)

We plan to have the hull ready to roll right side up by the end of May or early June of this year, the amount of support that we have received from the many fans has been huge. A big thank you to all that follow us on the Museum group page, our Facebook page, and on Gary’s Weebly page. We are a year a way from seeing this beautiful hull back on the water and are really looking forward to that event..

Facebook Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1821412644739381/
Gary’s Weebly Page: https://79squireshop.weebly.com/

Tim Ramsey

Comment by Gary Laws on December 14, 2016 at 5:36am

You can also find updates at:


here you will find a ton of restoration progress photos, videos, and historical information.

Comment by Timothy Ramsey on December 13, 2016 at 9:08pm

Follow along as we continue with this restoration, updates can be found at the link below..


Comment by Phil Lampman on November 24, 2016 at 10:36pm

Do you still need the Heavy Duty Shop vac, or are you waiting for the boat to dry out? I was going to bring mine down, but unless you need it this weekend, I'll plan on bringing it down on Turesday morning.

Comment by Gary Laws on November 24, 2016 at 11:11am
The hull has been pressure washed out, we are getting close to putting it back together!
Comment by David Knowlen on November 22, 2016 at 10:27pm

Norm Berg and I are excited to see one of our Norberg boats restored.  Thanks,, Squire Team!


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