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Indulge me here. I'm trying to prove a point I made the other day to some friends.

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…

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Added by Phil Lampman on September 13, 2014 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Ken Maurer Remembered

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

Since 1966, the Tri-Cities of Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Washington, has been a mainstay on the Unlimited hydroplane calendar. From Day-One, the Tri-Cities race has set the standard for a well-organized aquatic festival that brings credit and prestige both to the sport and to the community that hosts it.

The man most responsible for this great success is Ken Maurer, who passed away on August 4, 2014, at his home in Pasco,…

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Added by Dale Fugier on August 14, 2014 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Ole Bardahl In Motorsports HOF

Reprinted from the Madison Courier, August 8, 2014.

Ole Bardahl, one of the most successful owners in Unlimited hydroplane history, was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in Detroit on Wednesday.

Bardahl, who died in 1989 at the…

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Added by Dale Fugier on August 14, 2014 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Chip Hanauer Joins WA Sports HOF

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2014 induction class, which includes hydroplane racing legend Chip Hanauer.

The class includes such high-profile inductees as Seattle…

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Added by Dale Fugier on August 7, 2014 at 7:22pm — No Comments

Hanauer to drive refurbished Atlas at Seafair

Unlimited hydroplane star will drive boat that crashed, killing Bill Muncey in 1981, during exhibition.

By Ashley Scoby, Seattle Times staff reporter

Originally published on seattletimes.com,  July 29, 2014…

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Added by Dale Fugier on July 30, 2014 at 10:45am — 1 Comment

Blue Blaster Tested!

On July 17, 2014, the team for the Atlas Van Lines hydroplane, in preparation for the vintage hydroplane races at Seafair 2014, tested the waters at American Lake Park in Lakewood, Washington.…

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Added by Dale Fugier on July 25, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

MIra Slovak Obituary

Mira J Slovak, passed away Monday, June 16th at 7:47am peacefully at his home in Fallbrook, CA.

Mira was born in Cifer, Czechoslovakia on October 25th 1929. When Mira was only 9 years old, the Nazis overran Czechoslovakia and Mira and his family had to live with the horrors of the Nazi…

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Added by David D. Williams on June 19, 2014 at 10:05am — 4 Comments

Mira Slovak - "The Flying Czech"

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

Jack Regas with Mira Slovak in 1960. Photo provided by Mark Douty.

Beyond doubt, one of the most colorful characters ever to jockey an Unlimited hydroplane was Mira Slovak, "The Flying Czech," who was to boat…

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Added by Dale Fugier on June 18, 2014 at 8:40pm — No Comments

MIra J Slovak

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Added by David D. Williams on June 17, 2014 at 5:45pm — No Comments

New Book Chronicles Muncey’s Life and Career

For over 30 years, the great Bill Muncey held the record as the winningest driver in the history of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing.

Wil Muncey was born before his father achieved fame and watched the entire story unfold from an up close and personal point of view. He has chronicled his memories in a new book which long time fans of the sport will find to be a fascinating read.

In the book,…

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Added by Dale Fugier on May 28, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Don Ryan Obituary

Don Ryan of Bellingham Washington, Former owner/driver of Allouette Angel, Heavy Hauler, and Don Ryans Lauterbach Special, Passed away Saturday May 24th at his home in Az after battling cancer.

He will be remembered by his family and many friends.

Sincerely,

His son, Mark Ryan

Added by mark ryan on May 25, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

Are you ready to GiveBIG?

GiveBIG is tomorrow! Join the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum and the Seattle Foundation's fourth annual GiveBIG — a one-day, online event.

From midnight to midnight Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday, May 6, your online donations will make an impact on local institutions, such as the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum, that work to improve our communities!

Why you should…

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Added by Dale Fugier on May 5, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Museum Host H1 Unlimited Season Preview

The 2014 H1 Unlimited Season Preview was hosted by the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Washington on Saturday. The event was well attended and gave fans a chance to meet and mingle with series owners and drivers and hear their plans for the season.

Included on the panel were; J. Michael Kelly, Larry Oberto, Art Oberto, Jimmy Shane, Jon Zimmerman, Shannon and Scott Raney and Steve Montgomery.

Montgomery opened the discussion by outlining plans for the season…

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Added by Dale Fugier on April 29, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

My grandpa was so cool

My grandpa Richard dick Nelson raced small hydroplanes starting in the 50s around Chicago then went up to 280 class driving Mighty Mouse I thing he had 3diff boats all white and yellow and one baby blue he won lots of races I have lots of his trophys and pics I got from my grandpa we called him little poppop he passed in 75 of that dam cancer and it was the kind in your but and if you knew my poppop nobody was going to touch his but except Toylet paper so he died becouse he would go to the dr.… Continue

Added by Jim daus on February 20, 2014 at 5:14am — 2 Comments

Prolonged absence

To all my friends at the HARM I wanted to apologize for my prolonged absence from helping on the Miss Bardahl.  Life sometimes gets in the way of things we would rather be doing and one Thursday after another has passed and now that I look back it has been an extended time.  As a CPA and the middle of February, it will probably be at least a couple more months before I can return.  I just wanted to let everybody I will be back as soon as able.

Added by Steve Bishop on February 11, 2014 at 12:10pm — No Comments

The Ford's, the Merlins and Maurice Olley

Origins of Ford Aero and Tank Engines, the American Merlin, and the writings of Maurice Olley.

 Before the entry of the United States in the Second World War, the U.S. had become a supplier of war materials to those countries with similar governmental outlooks. Our then President, Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed that the U.S. was “The Arsenal of Democracy”. 

One of our major customers was Great Britain, who, for a number of reasons, decided to have their very successful…

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Added by James Michael Dickinson on February 10, 2014 at 11:44pm — No Comments

The Jack Regas Story

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

Jack Regas, Mike Welsh, 1958 Gold Cup win.

Most Unlimited hydroplane drivers start in the Limited classes and work their way up. Jack Regas started at the very top.

The Livermore, California, resident was an…

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Added by Dale Fugier on January 31, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Passing of Jack Regas

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Added by Jim Mesick on January 30, 2014 at 4:05pm — No Comments

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

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…

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Added by Phil Lampman on January 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Vale John Skube aged 94

John Skube for many years was involved in unlimited Hydros.

He died at Yakima on 21 December just a few days short of his 95th birthday.

A couple of years ago he dictated his hydroplane memories  

 to his daughter, Jane, my wife.

I have posted them here for all to reflect of his involvement in those early days.. .

RECOLLECTIONS OF MY YEARS IN  UNLIMITED BOAT RACING

By John F. Skubé…

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Added by Max Lamb on December 27, 2013 at 7:38pm — No Comments

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