Saturday, February 11th at the Museum from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is FREE for museum members and only $5 for the general public. A pizza lunch will be available. Come and learn about the exciting sport of scale model unlimited hydroplane racing from some of the area's best model builders. Over 50 of these beautiful creations nwill be on display. See More
Come join us at the induction of Gar Wood and Dean Chenoweth into the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum Hall of Champions on May 14th. Gar and Dean will joining previous inductees Bill Muncey and Chip Hanauer.Gar Wood was the superstar of the pre-World War II era, winning 5 Gold Cups, 8 Harmsworth Trophy Races and setting 6…See More
"Thanks Dale for reprinting this article. The last paragraph gave me incentive to really dig hard when I was going through the Bardahl archives and searching through the many boxes of film. I had read in this article that film existed of the boat…"
"Bardahl will be sponsoring the ESU (www.scalehydro.com) 1/7th scale championship series this year and to kick off the season we will be releasing at the museum's 3rd Annual Roger Newton Memorial R/C Model Show new Bardahl stickers of the…"
"www.scalehydro.com is the website for 1\7th scale RC model hydroplanes (these r/c hydros are over 4 feet long!). Many members of the club (RCU) will be attending Roger's show this year and displaying their museum quality boats. Most of the…"
"Oh yes...the first green dragon! The boat won it's first race right out of the box at Chelan in 1958. Also won the 1961 World's Championship Seafair Trophy race. It is one of my favorite races on DVD from the Bardahl racing archives. You…"
Ron Musson was my favorite hydroplane driver of all time.He was a great driver and had a great personality.I have many boxes of hydroplane collectables.Programs,buttons as well as newspaper articles.The crown jewel is a Ron Musson autograghed Bardahl postcard.
It is I believe 1964 or 65.Its the real deal!I was about 9 or 10 during qualifiing at Seattle Seafair when I fought my way up to the fence inside the pits when Ron was walking through .I battled to the fence past people much bigger than me.Just as I made it to the fence Ron walking by and I asked him to sign my card.He walked up to the fence,asked me ny name,signed the postcard,smiled and contiued on.Back then I liked all sports.Football,Baseball,Boxing and car racing.But anyone who could climb in a boat that could travel 160MPH + with nothing but a couple of hip pads and slightly modified foot pedals was bigger than life.These guys were my heroes.
My name is Jim Sharkey and I am on Fred Farley's Historical Committee. Would you be interested in getting a copy of Rex Manchesters and Ron Munson's race records? I would be more than happy to send them to you.
Well it used to be. . . but I've never gotten a chance to drive the Green Dragon, and right now I"m having lots of fun in the Wahoo, so for the time being, Wahoo is my favorite. (If I ever get a chance to drive the Bardahl, that could change everything real quickly. . . )