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The Third Generation of Thunderboat "geeks" Shows Her Stuff

Just wanted to share with you all some evidence that the Thunderboats are still something this family holds dear. The video was taken by my daughter, Shelby Reynolds, Museum member and on the crew of…Continue

Started Jun 5

That "Video Vault" Thing - It's going to be, well, amazing.
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Well, despite my doubts and criticism about this idea, I had an opportunity yesterday to tour the studio and production facilities with Don Mock. That was not my original intent; I was simply trying…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Ruedy Mar 13.

Thanks for Hosting my Party!
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I simply wanted to thank the staff at the Hydroplane Museum for providing the venue for my "surprise" birthday party last Saturday. As many members or readers of this Website might realize, I am an…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil Lampman Feb 24.

Here's a Bit of Trivia For You

Guess which notable Detroit restaurant was shown in the recent film, "Jersey Boys", directed by Clint Eastwood?Hint: It is located on the Detroit River and features a large stylized "R" on the side…Continue

Started Nov 17, 2014


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"Wow, I had forgotten how nice that Bardahl really looks all (nearly) assembled!!!!!  Looking forward to her getting back to that condition. Maybe we should get those three 'craftsmen' to turn around and start working on her."
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I was requested by my Blue Blaster Teammates to take this photo. I have no idea what this represents, but the idea of Rich Matkin and Don Mock being turned loose with welding equipment precludes me from asking. Both of these guys also helped to…
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Atlas Annie

A rare momento from the original launch of the '77 Atlas van Lines, Blue Blaster comes home
Jun 5
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The Third Generation of Thunderboat "geeks" Shows Her Stuff

Just wanted to share with you all some evidence that the Thunderboats are still something this family holds dear. The video was taken by my daughter, Shelby Reynolds, Museum member and on the crew of the Blue Blaster. You'll see her work on Don Mock's video of the restoration and rebirth of the boat.This is a video of Shelby's older daughter, Scarlett, in action during "phase 1" of Thunderboat enthusiasm. How could this grandfather be more proud?…See More
Jun 5
Phil Lampman is attending Jim Mesick's event

DOUG FORD BOOK SIGNING AND JONES LECTURE at Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

June 20, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
Come to the Museum June 20th and hear author Doug Ford read excerpts from his latest Book The "Wizards" of Speed on the Water - The Greatest Raceboat Designers in boat racing history.  Doug will also be signing books.Meet Ron Jones Sr., and Ron Jones Jr.  They will be taking questions from the audience during the presentation and will be happy to autograph copies of Doug's book too.Doug Ford's latest book gives a detailed looks at the evolution of hydroplane racing through the accomplishments…See More
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HYDROS & HOT RODS at The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum

June 13, 2015 from 10am to 4pm
The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum's 2nd Annual Hydros & Hot Rods Saturday, June 13th from 10:00am - 4:00pm.Come and hear Live Music and see Hot Rods next to your favorite Vintage Unlimited Hydroplanes.We will have a cackle fest and trailer fire a Thunderboat along with a Hot Rod and you will feel the Thunder.The Museum will be open to tour, free for Members and a special $5.00 fee for non-members.If you would like your Hot Rod included, please email the Museum at:…See More
May 16
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Special Tools for Special Restoration Tasks

One of the best things about becoming a volunteer at the museum is that special skills are not necessarily needed. There is always something to do, especially when restoring an old Thunderboat. My work history consisted mostly of things like…
May 14
Phil Lampman commented on Phil Lampman's blog post Indulge me here. I'm trying to prove a point I made the other day to some friends.
"Well, I didn't get an overwhelming response to my mini-poll. Hardly anything that might be considered statistically  valid, but the few responses I did receive lead me to my belief that for the sport to increase its fan base is not so much…"
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Indulge me here. I'm trying to prove a point I made the other day to some friends.

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 8:02pm 5 Comments

Okay, here's a question:

When you think about Unlimited Hydroplane Racing during the period from, say 1955 to 1970, what comes first to mind?

1. A Driver 

2. A Boat

3. An Event

No essay answers, please. Just tell me which of the 3 choices comes immediately to mind. It's easy to pick all 3 I realize, but I just want to know what you think of first.

Just curious. Thanks for indulging…


This is Important, Updated From Original Blog Post - August 12, 2012.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

I'm sure many of you read the original post which I submitted over a year ago. We've acquired a great many new Website Members since that time and I think the message is still relevant and important. Perhaps even more so with the projects and activities we have planned. Please Join Us!

I was at the Museum this morning helping Don Mock work on the horizontal…


Seafair - Damned if they do and damned if they do....

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

I just logged on to the museum website just to see how many members had something to say about last weekend's event. I have thus far seen no criticism or whining about anything. I suspect all of you have some opinion about what might reasonably be considered one of the least attended and most criticized events ever. Your restraint, at least on this forum is pretty classy. forgive my poor spelling and punctuation, but my broken fingrs from falling off the truck on Thursday have yet to heal or…


The Sammamish Slough Races - a Rememberance and Show

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 2:44pm 0 Comments

Among the most popular outboard-hydroplane events during Seattle area summers were the races from Redmond to Kenmore by way of the Sammamish Slough, now considered to be a "river" since Microsoft moved into town and property values reached the point where the term is no longer acceptable to local real estate agents.

But to most of us hanging out on this website, it was always "The Slough". This annual event was a thrill to watch, especially near the Bothell Bridge. Though the races…


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At 11:03am on May 9, 2014, Steve Muncey said…

Phil.... Thank you and THANK YOU for keeping me informed on the "Blaster"...  My gosh what you you guys pulled off is just un-describable..... I'm literally at a loss for words....  I keep the rest of the family informed and cant wait to see her again. 

At 10:45am on February 20, 2011, kent snowden said…

Hey Phil!

Good to hear from you. I'm still frothing at the bit to get over and do some more "work" on the blaster. It's been an honor to participate in this project, and weather permiting, I'll be able to continue. (bonus, working with you guys has been a hoot!) See ya soon.

At 11:49am on January 12, 2011, Gail Richardson said…


 Thank you for adding me to your list of  "friends". Working with you and the other guys on the 77  Atlas has been,  and will continue to be, a great experience. I look forward each week to continueing our project to restore the "Blue Blaster". With Don's enthusiasm and knowlwdge it has been a fantastic ride and we have'nt even hit the water yet.

                                                                   Gail  Richardson

At 4:31am on December 12, 2010, Gary Todd said…

Philip, That's what its all about, Sharing. I have always enjoyed photographing the boats and I hope everyone enjoys them. More to come!



At 4:02pm on December 8, 2010, George C. Deering said…
I am a little new at this. I sent my response to your normal email. George
At 6:22pm on November 9, 2010, scott carson said…
Thanks for including me in your inner circle.

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