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Joe Bspivitch replied to Dick M Roberts's discussion Info on the name of the Blue Chip unlimited Hydro
"The Blue Chip was a Detroit based boat in the 1960's owned by Dick Gordon (of Fairlane Tools).  The name originated from the fact his business was a machine shop.  When turning steel on a lathe, the chips come off blue hot when…"
Mar 12, 2012
Gary Whitcutt commented on Joe Bspivitch's video
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Bardahl Did It Again - Ride Along in the 1962-65 Miss Bardahl

"Awesome to watch. As a boy growing up during the reign of the powerful piston boats, I've always thought that if I was ever given just one wish to attempt something truly exhilarating, it would be to drive such a beast on Lake…"
Jan 6, 2012
Joe Bspivitch added a discussion to the group 1962-65 Miss Bardahl
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Miss Bardahl Total Run Time = 84 hrs 53 min

Due to the diligent record keeping of Crew Chief Leo Vanden Berg, total run times for Miss Bardahl are available for each of the years she raced.  Additionally, Leo kept track of the hours worked by the crew, both during the season and in the winter, to keep Miss Bardahl in winning form.Leo's tradition of excellence is being continued, and thus total time run & worked since the restoration is known as well.The link below is to a pdf file detailing hull run time and driver seat time by…See More
Dec 31, 2011
William H. "Bill" Grunow commented on Joe Bspivitch's video
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Bardahl Did It Again - Ride Along in the 1962-65 Miss Bardahl

" Thanks for the great video, Dixon  That engine runs like a Swiss watch, Great Job by you and your team !!!"
Sep 4, 2011
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Aug 31, 2011
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Bardahl Did It Again - Ride Along in the 1962-65 Miss Bardahl

On-board footage from the "vintage" final heat (in full HD) at the Tri-Cities Columbia Cup. 5 vintage unlimiteds putting on an exhibition "race." Ride along with Dixon Smith in the 1962-65 Miss Bardahl and experience boat racing the way it used to…
Aug 26, 2011
Joe Bspivitch and Patrick Gleason are now friends
Oct 28, 2010
Joe Bspivitch joined Steve Compton's group
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1955 Miss Thriftway (1)

Information on the Vashon Unlimiteds, LLC 1955 MISS THRIFTWAY
Oct 28, 2010
Joe Bspivitch joined Ryan Smith's group
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1962-65 Miss Bardahl

1963-64-65 Gold Cup & National Champion1965 World Champion57 Consecutive heats completed (record still stand for a piston powered unlimited)Lap, heat & race records which stood for over a decadeFirst use (along with Miss Exide) of Nitrous OSee More
Oct 28, 2010
Joe Bspivitch is now a member of Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
Oct 27, 2010

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