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The Legend of Lauterbach Boats

By Rick Franke

Reprinted from http://proptalk.com

If it is accurate to call two generations a dynasty, then Henry and Larry Lauterbach are the dynasty that dominated powerboat racing design and construction for more than 60 years.

Henry, a high school dropout who never went to college, never formally studied engineering or naval architecture, was a self-taught genius who read everything he could about boat design and construction…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on March 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Good Intentions, Bad Results

Pushing the hydroplane envelope didn't always work.

Reprinted from Hemmings Motor News, February, 2013.

The world of Unlimited hydroplane racing is extremely dangerous stuff under even the best circumstances. The drivers who race hydros make Sprint car jockeys and those souls who strap into Top Fuel projectiles look like geeks. The principle of these wildly overpowered racing boats is to balance them atop planes at full speed, limiting their contact with the…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on February 24, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ted Jones Launches a Seattle Tradition

Engineer Ted Jones harbored a lot of creative (even radical) ideas about boat design, which spawned one of Seattle’s most storied traditions — unlimited hydroplane racing.

By David Eskenazi and Steve Rudman

Every summer thousands of Puget Sounders flock to Lake Washington to…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on February 21, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Model Tether Boat Racing at Detroit Water Works Park and Belle Isle

Hello Hydro Fans,

Before there was RC, you raced your boat on a 52-foot tether cable, one at a time.

The competition was against the clock-Model Tether Boat Racing.

These boats and their gas and steam engines were all homemade, scratch built

by the talented toolmakers and machinists of the 1924-1955 era.

Here in Detroit known as the Detroit Model Power Boat Club, we were the epi-center for

Tether Boat Racing at Detroit's Water Works…

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Added by kent Lund on February 10, 2015 at 9:09am — 2 Comments

Aqua Allisons

Reprinted from www.enginebuildermag.com.

There are three amazing numbers that would seem to make this giant powerplant pretty much incomparable with motorsports use. The numbers are 12, 1710, and 1600. Certainly a little explanation is needed.

First, there’s the 1710 number, which is part of its official name the V-1710 engine which actually is the number of cubic inches it displaces. The 12 is the number of cylinders,…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on February 7, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Fastest Craft Afloat Made More Stable

By Joanne A. Fishman

Reprinted from The New York Times, June 6, 1982.

The conditions were perfect. The lagoon was as smooth as a sheet of glass and there wasn't a whisper of wind. In the third heat of the world championships last fall, Bill Muncey, driving the thunderbolt Atlas Van Lines, shot into the lead. But while accelerating down the backstretch, his boat rose into the air, flipped and landed upside down, killing the man who had dominated the sport for 20…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on January 18, 2015 at 12:55pm — No Comments

A Blast from the Past

What do you do with the shattered remains of the greatest race boat ever built?

Reprinted from http://www.atlasvanlines.com.

"The last time this boat was in the water, it was upside down, broken in half, she was a…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on January 15, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Tri-Cities Will Host 2015 HAPO Gold Cup

KENNEWICK, Washington - H1 Unlimited Chairman Steve David and officials of the Tri-City Water Follies have announced that the Tri-City group will host the 2015 APBA Gold Cup July 24-26.



The HAPO Gold Cup will mark the 50th anniversary of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing on the Columbia River between Richland, Kennewick and Pasco, Washington under the direction of the Tri-City Water Follies.



Past Water Follies President and current Vice President of H1 Unlimited Mike Denslow…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on December 10, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Jon Peddie Remembered

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

Former MISS MADISON driver Jon Peddie passed away on November 25, 2014 at the University of Louisville Hospital. He was 71.

Jon was a larger than life figure who owned and operated Peddie’s Body Shop in his hometown of Madison, Indiana, for many years.

He raced Unlimited hydroplanes from 1977 to 1983. He drove two different MISS MADISON hulls during 1977-78 and started chauffeuring Bill Cantrell and Graham Heath’s MY GYPSY…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on November 29, 2014 at 3:38pm — 1 Comment

THE PAK IS BACK!

2014 was an exciting year at the Museum, and 2015 is shaping up to be one too!

The "Winged Wonder" Pay 'N Pak is Back and in the Museum's restoration shop with the hopes of finishing the restoration and running the boat at both the Tri-Cities and Seafair races next summer.

Come down and check on…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on November 7, 2014 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Memories of Gold Cup on Lake Coeur d' Alene in the '60s

I became a race fan back in the '60s when my uncle took us to watch the Gold Cup on Lake Coeur d' Alene by boat from his cabin nearby. I've become a race fanatic ever since. Going to the races on Lake CDA in 2013 was a 45-year plus nostalgic weekend. We need to keep the races coming here! Wish I could donate but not able to at this time. Watch Seafair religiously via streamline every year from Idaho!

Added by Lisa Alger on October 8, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

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 — 2 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 Hydroplane Museum 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 Hydroplane Museum 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 Hydroplane Museum 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 Hydroplane Museum 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 Hydroplane Museum 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 Hydroplane Museum 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

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