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Notre Dame & Miss Exide

By Fred Farley – Unlimited Hydroplane Historian A number of recent threads have mentioned the 1963 MISS EXIDE and the 1967 NOTRE DAME. Ted Jones, who designed MISS EXIDE, told me that he disavowed th… View »

Hydroplanes 101

THE BOATS A modern Unlimited Hydroplane is the world’s fastest racing boat, capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph. It represents the product of over 100 years of evolution in race boat design and in… View »

THE UNLIMITEDS - 2012 IN REVIEW

By Fred Farley – Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The world’s only community-owned Unlimited hydroplane from Madison, Indiana, did its 13,000 owners proud in 2012. Driver Steve David guided the OH BOY!… View »

Jim Sedam Remembered

By Fred Farley – Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Former Unlimited hydroplane sponsor and owner Jim Sedam passed away August 1, 2012, at King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison, Indiana. Jim and his wife… View »

Russ Schleeh Remembered

By Fred Farley – Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Russ Schleeh, one of the most distinguished men ever to pilot an Unlimited hydroplane, passed away on May 6, 2012, at his home in Mission Viejo, Califo… View »

Al Thoreson Remembered

By Fred Farley – Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Veteran Unlimited hydroplane crew chief Al Thoreson passed away this past weekend. He was 86. A generation of race fans knew him as “Uncle Al.” During… View »

New Trophy Honors Bill Muncey

One of the highlights of the Annual H1 Unlimited Awards Banquet Saturday evening at the Westin Hotel in Seattle was the first presentation of the Bill Muncey Trophy to the Season High Point Champion… View »

John Humes Remembered

By Fred Farley – Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Unlimited hydroplane racing lost one of its most respected veterans on April 4, 2012. John Humes, the sport’s first African American crew chief, passed… View »

A Brief History of the World Championship Race for Unlimited Hydroplanes

By Fred Farley – Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The World Championship Race concept can be traced back to 1938. It was originally proposed by Count Theo Rossi, who was the head of the Italian vermou… View »

The Unlimiteds - 2014 in Review

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian GRAHAM TRUCKING won four of the six battles in 2014, but OBERTO/MISS MADISON won the war. When the roostertails subsided after the last race of the sea… View »

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