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March 2013 Blog Posts (5)

Two Rooster Tails Wash Out a Fifth Gold Cup

In his attempt to win still another racing trophy, defeated Champ Bill Muncey was frustrated by a wall of water and an oilman's boat.

By Hugh Whall

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, July 15, 1963

"Washing down" is an old tool in the lockers of most hydroplane racers. A tactical maneuver, now illegal under the racing rules, it consists of deliberately aiming the fierce fire-hose power of the towering rooster tail from the stern of your boat at a…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on March 20, 2013 at 12:50pm — No Comments

New photos from 50's - 60's from the Byron Lang Collection

I just added almost 100 new photos to the Unlimiteds Detroit photo database. They were loaned/donated to us by Byron Lang.

If you repost, please credit as "From the Byron Lang Collection".  

Some of these pics are spectacular.  ENJOY! …

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Added by Jeff Dunn on March 14, 2013 at 10:06am — 2 Comments

Another One Saved From The Axe

Two weeks ago, in a some what involved transaction, my much altered and somewhat deteriorated 1979 Squire Shop hull ended up in the ownership of Gary and Christie Laws and I came out of the deal with the totally rotten 1963 Tahoe Miss.

While this may seem to be of some question, I have always wanted a…

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Added by James Michael Dickinson on March 13, 2013 at 9:20pm — No Comments

The Sammamish Slough Races - a Rememberance and Show

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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Added by Phil Lampman on March 13, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments

1950s Hydroplane Steering Wheels?

Anyone have any idea where the steering wheels from the 50's era hydroplanes came from? Trying to find some for my models. The closest I can get so far is a 1930s automotive 4 spoke (Bentley, MG and the other euro cars).

Added by Todd Boyle on March 5, 2013 at 8:36pm — 2 Comments

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