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Ed Karelsen Question

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian QUESTION: What is the story behind the classic round-nosed Ed Karelsen hulls? How many of them were there and under which names did they compete? ANS… View »

"Winged Wonder" Question

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian QUESTION: What's the story on the "Winged Wonder" PAY 'n PAK of 1973, one of my all-time favorite boats? - Bruce Lowe ANSWER: The "Winged Wonder" PAY '… View »

Wildroot Charlie Question

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian QUESTION: Fred, do you have any information on the MISS WAYNE and the WILDROOT CHARLIE? They were both Allison-powered and raced in the 1950s. - Duane… View »

What Really Happened That Day in 1971?

Miss Madison feat in Gold Cup is the stuff of legends – and now movies By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian No one who attended the fabulous 1971 APBA Gold Cup Regatta in Madison, Indiana,… View »

Welcome Back, Billy Schumacher!

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian After an absence of three decades, William F. Schumacher III--better known as Billy--has returned to Unlimited hydroplane competition as the new owner… View »

'We'll win the Gold Cup'

So says Bill Muncey, twice victor in the nation's biggest hydro race, and a man who despises the idea of finishing second. By Russ Sackett Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, August 11, 1958. In the y… View »

Warner Gardner Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Warner Gardner was Unlimited racing's OTHER "Flying Colonel" (together with Colonel Russ Schleeh, who raced from 1955 to 1963). Colonel Gardner didn't… View »

Warren Avis Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Warren Avis, the rental car mogul and Unlimited hydroplane pioneer, died April 24, 2007, of natural causes at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was 9… View »

VINGT-ET-UN II - The Gold Cup Champion

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Motorized boats first appeared around 1887 in Europe. The phenomenon quickly spread to America where, by the turn of the century, quite a fleet existed… View »

"Up On Plane" - A Novel by Joe McCormick

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian For some unexplained reason, very few books on Unlimited hydroplane racing have ever found their way into print. SPEEDBOAT KINGS, published in 1939, is… View »

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