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Detroit Historical Museum/Dossin Great Lakes Museum Photographs

I am a volunteer at the Detroit Historical Museum working at their Collections Resource Center entering photographs into their database.  These are hydroplane photos donated to the museum and span…Continue

Started Mar 15

Detroit Historical Society pictures

I am still entering pictures in the DHS collection, and hope someone can identify the man in the pictures of the 1956 Gold Cup Race standing on the deck of Miss Thriftway.  Pictures are numbers…Continue

Started Aug 16, 2016

Slo-mo IV picture
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I have a question for all of you Slo-mo-shun fans.  I am currently working at the Detroit Historical Museum entering photographs of hydroplanes to their collections database which will eventually be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randall E. Roe Jul 14, 2014.

what needs to be done to increase the fan base and popularity of unlimited hydroplane racing
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I have tried to start a discussion about the "state of the sport" and what needs to be done to increase its fan base, which will result in greater sponsor interest, more media exposure, more races,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil Lampman Jun 4, 2014.

 

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Detroit Hydro Fans

Fans who live in the Detroit metropolitan area who remember the "glory" days of racing on the Detroit River.See More
Mar 15
Tim Matyn posted a discussion

Detroit Historical Museum/Dossin Great Lakes Museum Photographs

I am a volunteer at the Detroit Historical Museum working at their Collections Resource Center entering photographs into their database.  These are hydroplane photos donated to the museum and span the years from Gar Wood's Miss Americas to boats and races from the 1950s and 1960s.  Many were taken by professional photographers during races on the river.If you haven't seen them I urge you to take a look by logging on to detroithistorical.org. Click the collections button and key in the name of…See More
Mar 15
Tim Matyn posted a discussion

Detroit Historical Society pictures

I am still entering pictures in the DHS collection, and hope someone can identify the man in the pictures of the 1956 Gold Cup Race standing on the deck of Miss Thriftway.  Pictures are numbers 2016.004.003c,d,e,f, and 2016,004.004a and b.  Is this Jack Ramsey?See More
Aug 16, 2016
Tim Matyn commented on Thomas Monahan's group Hydroplanes of the 80's
"I have been a fan since the 1950s and it seems to me that the 80's were the beginning of the unlmiteds downturn. The Atlas and Budweiser teams so dominated the sport that potential sponsors turned away. If you look at Jim Sharkey's…"
Aug 12, 2016
Tim Matyn joined Thomas Monahan's group
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Hydroplanes of the 80's

Enjoying the hydroplanes of the 80's. Reminisce about the great rivals The Atlas the bud Cirus Circus, pay n pak miller American and many more the advances that were made and the safety that was innovated
Aug 12, 2016
Tim Matyn replied to Hydroplane Museum's discussion Steve David trying to make an impact as chairman of H1 Unlimited
"As a life long fan of this sport, (I haven't missed the race in Detroit since 1955), I applaud Steve David's efforts to improve the sport.  The race in Detroit this year was one of the best in many years. There were several…"
Sep 5, 2015
Tim Matyn replied to Robert B. Frank's discussion Budweiser Home Base ?
"Rob, I think the reason you have had difficulty in determining the "home base" for the Budweiser boats is because that is the way they wanted it. Although the Miss Budweiser team came on the scene in the 1960s, when the Seattle…"
Jul 19, 2015
Randall E. Roe replied to Tim Matyn's discussion Slo-mo IV picture
"Just Looked at the Slo-Mo IV photo, I guess we narrowed it down to Fageol in the Harmsworth. The Building in the background on the photo I had is at the end of the dock that goes to Gregory's, looks bigger in the old photo than it really…"
Jul 14, 2014
Tim Matyn replied to Tim Matyn's discussion Slo-mo IV picture
"Thanks to all who have added to this discussion. The picture I was referring to in my original post is now available for viewing on the Detroit Historical Society's website.  The address is detroithistorical.org  Then click on the tab…"
Jul 14, 2014
Randall E. Roe replied to Tim Matyn's discussion Slo-mo IV picture
"Well, just to confirm  this photo, at the Gold Cup this weekend, there on the Pit Tower is a photo of Peps V right behind our truck witht the same background and  you can read clearly "DetroitMotorboat and Yacht Basin on the building…"
Jul 14, 2014
Tim Matyn replied to Tim Matyn's discussion Slo-mo IV picture
"Robert, Thanks so much for your follow up and answer.  I didn't realize that the Slo-mo IV was even in the Silver Cup.  After checking the dates of the various races in 1950 as shown in "Hydro's Who's Who" your…"
Jul 3, 2014
Robert B. Frank replied to Tim Matyn's discussion Slo-mo IV picture
"Tim; I've been in touch with Dave Williams at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Seattle.  He wrote me back: "Rob, the engine stringers of the Slo Mo IV had some stress cracks that were discovered after the 1950 Gold Cup, but…"
Jul 2, 2014
Randall E. Roe replied to Tim Matyn's discussion Slo-mo IV picture
"OK, here  is what my expert says: Driver and Riding Mechanic, no planks = 1950 Gold Cup, Driver only, Detroit River=Silver Cup, Driver and Riding Mechanic with the planks=Harmsworth. Planks continue for '51,52 with stepped tail."
Jun 30, 2014
Robert B. Frank replied to Tim Matyn's discussion Slo-mo IV picture
"OK, one last remark, and then I'm getting off of here for a while. (the wife is calling, and at this age, I grab it when I can!)  Am attaching an additional pic.  It shows Fageol & Welcsh, AND the screwed down wood…"
Jun 30, 2014
Randall E. Roe replied to Tim Matyn's discussion Slo-mo IV picture
"I also have a newspaper copy of that same photo that was a quarter page enlargement, but cropped a little tighter. The line above it says: "U. S. Speedboat Kings Ready to Defend Harmsworth". It was in a scrapbook I got at a flea market,…"
Jun 30, 2014
Tim Matyn replied to Tim Matyn's discussion Slo-mo IV picture
"To Robert Frank and Randall Roe, Thanks, guys for your responses.  Randall, I have my doubts that the picture you posted was taken on the Detroit River. I have been attending the races since the 1950s, although I wasn't there in 1950, (I…"
Jun 30, 2014

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