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Video Vault Additions - 11-Dec-2015

Hope everyone in the Northwest is enjoying the soggy December. Here are some new videos to hopefully brighten your day:1956 Seafair Trophy - Seattle WA1958 Gold Cup Time TrialsBlue Blaster at 2015…Continue

Started Dec 11, 2015

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GIVNG TUESDAY is a Global Day dedicated to giving back. On this day, people around the world will come together for one common purpose ... to support the causes that are important to them.This…Continue

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H1 Unlimited Champions Gala at Seattle Marriott Waterfront

January 14, 2017 from 6pm to 11pm
The 2016 H1 Unlimited Champions Gala is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 6:00-11:00 PM at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, 2110 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121.The evening will start with a cocktail hour from 6pm to 7pm, Dinner & Awards 7pm to 10pm and a 1 hour social hour after the event.Tickets are available for $85 each or a table of 10 for $800 and include a dinner of Chicken, Salmon or Steak.…See More
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Hydroplane Museum commented on Hydroplane Museum's blog post Battle of the engines: Piston vs. Turbine
"Sorry to disappoint, but there is/was no underlying question here. Just presenting some facts and figures for those who might interesting in learning more..."
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Steve LaCava passes away

The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum has learned of the passing in late November of Steve LaCava, the sport’s Rookie of the Year in 1980. An experienced 7-litre driver, LaCava purchased the former Valu-Mart from Bill Wurster early in the 1980 season and entered the boat in three races as the Oh Boy! Oberto. His best performance was a fifth-place finish in the Tri-Cities event. He sold the boat the following year, but drove it at two events as the Miss Kawaguichi Travel Service. The Museum…See More
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Phil Lampman commented on Hydroplane Museum's blog post Battle of the engines: Piston vs. Turbine
"Excellent concise and informative commentary, but one cannot read it without wondering what the question, if any, may have been. All too often, including many discussions on this forum, seem to focus on "The Noise" (presumably the thunder…"
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Battle of the engines: Piston vs. Turbine

PistonToday, there is only one piston-powered unlimited hydroplane — Ed Cooper's U-3. It uses a turbocharged Allison engine developed for World War II fighter planes. The U-3 team builds most of its own engines, but it is estimated an engine like the one in the U-3 would cost $70,000-$80,000 to buy new. Allison engines run on methanol fuel and burn much more than a turbine. The U-3 burns 18 gallons of methanol a minute while the turbine burns 4.3 gallons of kerosene a minute. Allisons became…See More
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"This is a terrific way to attract attention to the HARM.  This type of information should be available to all types of news magazines to show the value of HARM and show its availability to the general public."
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Thunderboats are impressive, even without the thunder

Reprinted from The Seattle Times, August 5, 2016Sketched Aug. 3, 2016The thunderous hydros are meant to be watched as they glide over Lake Washington during Seafair. But, for a quieter experience, you may want to see them up close at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent.The exhibit grew from a private…See More
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Bill Wurster - Then and Now

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane HistorianAs the story goes, Bill Wurster was sitting in his pleasure boat tied to the log boom at Lake Washington in 1967, watching the Seattle Seafair hydroplane race. He made a bet with his brother that one day he would pilot one of those awesome machines--an Unlimited hydroplane.…See More
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Steve LaCava passes away

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum has learned of the passing in late November of Steve LaCava, the sport’s Rookie of the Year in 1980. An experienced 7-litre driver, LaCava purchased the former Valu-Mart from Bill Wurster early in the 1980 season and entered the boat in three races as the Oh Boy! Oberto. His best performance was a fifth-place finish in the Tri-Cities event. He sold the boat the following year, but drove it at two events as the Miss Kawaguichi Travel Service. The Museum…

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Battle of the engines: Piston vs. Turbine

Posted on December 3, 2016 at 6:40pm 2 Comments

Piston

Today, there is only one piston-powered unlimited hydroplane — Ed Cooper's U-3. It uses a turbocharged Allison engine developed for World War II fighter planes. The U-3 team builds most of its own engines, but it is estimated an engine like the one in the U-3 would cost $70,000-$80,000 to buy new. Allison engines run on methanol fuel and burn much more than a turbine. The U-3 burns 18 gallons of methanol a minute while the turbine burns 4.3 gallons of kerosene…

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Thunderboats are impressive, even without the thunder

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

Reprinted from The Seattle Times, August 5, 2016

Sketched Aug. 3, 2016

The thunderous hydros are meant to be watched as they glide over Lake Washington during Seafair. But, for a quieter experience, you may want to see them up close at the…

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Bill Wurster - Then and Now

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 10:10pm 0 Comments

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian

As the story goes, Bill Wurster was sitting in his pleasure boat tied to the log boom at Lake Washington in 1967, watching the Seattle Seafair hydroplane race. He made a bet with his brother that one day he would pilot one of those awesome machines--an Unlimited hydroplane.…

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At 11:54am on November 15, 2010, Mark Douty said…
And this one...

At 11:52am on November 15, 2010, Mark Douty said…
Hey..It worked! Here's another...

At 11:51am on November 15, 2010, Mark Douty said…
I'm trying to show you a photo from Thunderboat magazine...

At 7:40am on November 12, 2010, Mark Douty said…
Actually there was 3 videos about the Unlimiteds on that British site. Have you seen these before? http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=34783
At 11:30pm on November 11, 2010, Mark Douty said…
Hi Dale. Here's a link to one of the videos I wanted to show everyone although it might not be possible if that code didn't work. Maybe I can just show everyone this link in a post. Do you think it's OK? http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=64568
At 10:26am on November 9, 2010, Jim Wallace said…
Just renewed my museum membership and will post more photos taken over the years.
 
 
 

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