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1957 U-24 Miss U (Miss University District)

Unlimited hydroplane racing has had its share of unusual boats. Some have proved to be trend setters — innovations that bettered the breed. Others found fleeting fame as curiosity pieces — total fail… View »

Leadership

Staff David D. Williams Executive Director David Williams began volunteering at the Hydroplane Museum in 1992 and became full time executive director in 1996. He bought his first race boat, 145… View »

1957 U-77 Miss Wahoo

Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2009, Volume 1 Number 6. Unlimited racing in the 1940s and early 1950s was dominated by wealthy sportsmen who raced for fun. Boats with names like Tempo, My Sweetie… View »

1977 U-1 Atlas Van Lines

By Marc Connelly On Thursday, January 7th, the 1977 Atlas Van Lines unlimited hydroplane began a long journey back to glory in the restoration shop of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Wash… View »

1962 U-40 Miss Bardahl

The 1962 Miss Bardahl represented the final hull designed and built by the legendary Ted Jones. It was the pinnacle of the Jones hydro design evolution. While building on the success of the 1959 Miss… View »

1971 U-6 Miss Madison

Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2003, Volume 1 Number 2. There are some stories that are almost too good to be true. The story of the 1971 Miss Madison is one of them. Madison, Ind., is a tiny town… View »

1968 U-1 Miss Budweiser

Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2003, Volume 1 Number 2. The newest member of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum’s fleet is the 1968 Miss Budweiser. The ’68 Bud (the sixth Miss Budweiser) was desig… View »

1982 U-00 Atlas Van Lines

Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2003, Volume 1 Number 2 The off-season between 1981 and 1981 was full of tough choices for Fran Muncey. On Oct. 18, 1981, her husband Bill Muncey was killed when the… View »

1980 U-1 Miss Budweiser

Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2003, Volume 1 Number 2. Just how big is the Roll-Royce Griffon engine that powers the 1980 Miss Budweiser? To simply say that it is 2,240 cubic inches is not enough… View »

1973 U-12 Miss Budweiser

Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2003, Volume 1 Number 2. The late 1960s and early 1970s were a time of change and revolution. Music, fashion and politics were all going through unprecedented transf… View »

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