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Unlimited Owners Victories (1946-2004)

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian (5 or more wins) 1-BERNIE LITTLE (134)* 1966-2002 2-BILL MUNCEY (29) 1976-1981 3-OLE BARDAHL (27) 1958-1968 4-JOE & LEE SCHOENITH (27) 1952-1972 5-… View »

Unlimited Hydros - Back on Track

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian No one can deny that Unlimited hydroplane racing has had its share of ups and downs in recent years. For a sport that, two years ago, was administrativ… View »

Unlimited Hydroplane Racing - Tri-Cities Style

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian For four decades, the Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington have played host to "Water Racing's Greatest Show," the Unlimited hydroplanes--the Thunderboats… View »

Unlimited Glossary of Technical Terms

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Afterplane: 1) the bottom surface aft of the break, normally flat and Parallel to the water surface; 2) the entire main hull aft of the sponsons; the "… View »

Unlimited Drivers Victories (1946-2004)

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian (5 or more wins) 1-BILL MUNCEY (62) 1956-1981 2-CHIP HANAUER (61) 1979-1999 3-DAVE VILLWOCK (46) 1992-2004 4-DEAN CHENOWETH (25) 1969-1982 5-JIM KROPFE… View »

Unlimited and Offshores - A Common Origin

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian If the legendary Gar Wood of Unlimited hydroplane fame were alive and racing today, he would probably be an Offshore competitor. Indeed, Wood's fleet o… View »

U-Boats with City Names

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The following is a partial list of Unlimited hydroplanes that have had names associated with--if not sponsored by--cities. And no, MISS SKYWAY was not… View »

U-21 Hull Number History

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The number U-21 has been utilized only sparingly in Unlimited racing and has never been associated with a race winner, according to American Boat Racin… View »

Two Winners in One Race

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The 1955 Lake Tahoe Mapes Trophy contains an unusual historical footnote. It had two winners. That's right, TWO winners. Well, yes and no. The 1955 Map… View »

Two Rooster Tails Wash Out a Fifth Gold Cup

In his attempt to win still another racing trophy, defeated Champ Bill Muncey was frustrated by a wall of water and an oilman's boat. By Hugh Whall Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, July 15, 19… View »

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