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Walt Arnsdorff commented on Hydroplane Museum's event HomeStreet Bank San Diego Bayfair
"My old man raced outboard “D” class hydro's. He had a backer who was afflicted with Polio but Dad drove the boats. Fully modified Kiekhaefer (Mercury) blocks. Bob Jerome coundn't ,drive them but he could sure as hell polish…"
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The Mira Slovak Story Release at Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

May 28, 2018 all day
David William's new book, A Race to Freedom - The Mira Slovak Story, will be available from the Museum Store on May 28th.Mira Slovak was born in Czechoslovakia and endured both the Nazi occupation and the brutal Russian liberation. He joined the Czech Air force, rising to captain by the age of twenty-one. When he could no longer tolerate life under the Communists, he hijacked an airliner and flew across the Iron…See More
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Hydro fever blends nostalgia with competition for die-hards

David Williams left his real-world job to live his dream. He occasionally drives hydros and works as executive director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent.Seafair's hydroplane races don't hold the same place in Seattle's heart that they did in the 1950s and '60s when they were the only sport in town besides Husky football.The city has grown up, but…See More
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Wine & Sign at Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

April 21, 2018 from 6pm to 9pm
Sip ... Paint ... Enjoy!Join us for an evening of fun, friends and creativity!ADMISSION IS FREE!Wine & Sign is art made easy - Just pick the style of sign you want to make (several types of sign boards will be available for purchase).  Paints, stencils, supplies and guidance will be provided at no cost!Wine and Beer will be available for purchaseLight snacks will be providedYou can do something like this:…See More
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Peter Howell commented on Hydroplane Museum's blog post Aronow Introducing Unlimited Catamaran
"To add..... The failed success of the Aronow was the Mercruiser stern drives. We went through them like eating potato chips.  Even though I was just a full-time crew on the Seebold craft, I always wondered why we didn't use the Arneson…"
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Hydro fever blends nostalgia with competition for die-hards

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

David Williams left his real-world job to live his dream. He occasionally drives hydros and works as executive director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent.

Seafair's hydroplane races don't hold the same place in Seattle's…

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A Ron Jones Introduction - A Century of Gold Cup Racing

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

The recently published book, A CENTURY OF GOLD CUP RACING by Fred Farley and Ron Harsin, is dedicated to two extraordinary men: Ted Jones and his son Ron Jones, Sr., whose trend-setting designs defined state-of-the-art in Gold Cup racing in the second half of the 20th Century.

Ron was asked to write the introduction to A CENTURY OF GOLD CUP RACING. It contains a moving tribute to his late father. Due to space limitations, Ron's preface had to be shortened for…

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The Master Speaks - An Interview with Ron Jones Sr.

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

By Anne McRayde. Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2003, Vol 1, No. 1

How did you first begin building boats?

You could say I was born with it. My father was Ted Jones, who invented the three-point hydroplane, as we know it today. As a little boy, I was able to go with Dad, and my three sisters, and Mom to the lake and watch Dad test. When he was out testing my three sisters, who are marvelous people, screamed and hollered. I stood there very stoically…

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The Man Who Builds The Thunderboats

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

By Bill Ames. Reprinted from Science & Mechanics, August, 1974.

The Unlimited Division of the American Power Boat Association is the smallest active racing class of that group. This elite coterie fields less than two dozen boats each year, to compete in about ten races. Yes these few…

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At 1:04pm on December 9, 2016, Stephen Shepperd said…
Dale: Please feel free to reformat the Norberg article so that it works best for your needs. Thanks for the kind words about the piece as well.
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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