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Thunderboating - A Personal Memoir - Chapter 3

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian On Sunday, June 19, 1966, I was pounding away on the typewriter when a radio news bulletin from Washington, D.C., interrupted my concentration. Ron Mus… View »

Thunderboating - A Personal Memoir - Chapter 2

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The chain of events that ultimately led to my 1973 appointment as APBA Unlimited Historian began when I purchased a publication at a Limited race on Gr… View »

Thunderboating - A Personal Memoir - Chapter 1

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Seattle was the place to be in the fifties if one was a hydroplane fan. Those were the days when the Gold Cup race location was determined by the yacht… View »

Thunderboating - A Personal Memoir - Prologue

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Unlimited hydroplane racing has been a defining part of my life for most of my life. It started as a childhood preoccupation that became an adult avoca… View »

Thunder on the Bay

Biscayne's waters shivered to the opening of the unlimited-hydroplane racing season as a new winged marauder called 'Pay 'n Pak' awed and eventually overcame Bill Muncey, the suffering 1972 champion.… View »

Thunder in Coeur D'Alene

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian For ten years, the resort town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, played host to “Water Racing’s Greatest Show”--the Unlimited hydroplanes--starting in 1958. Loc… View »

Thunder And The Glory - An Era When The Hydros Reigned Supreme

In the '60s, Seattle was in love with roostertails; then a series of deaths helped cool the ardor. By Bill Kossen Reprinted from The Seattle Times, August 4, 1991. On the 'darkest day in boat racing,… View »

Three Traditional Races

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Since the end of World War II, Detroit (Michigan), Madison (Indiana), and Seattle (Washington) have reigned as the three traditional stopovers on the A… View »

Three Slo-Mo Laps For The Memories

Nostalgic Ride With Woods Rough, Says Taggart, 83 By John Peoples Reprinted from The Seattle Times, August 6, 1990. A beaming Joe Taggart said the ride around the course in Slo-Mo-Shun IV jarred more… View »

Theo Rossi Proposed WC Race Back In 1938

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, the head of the Italian vermouth indust… View »

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