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July 2011 News Posts (3)


The UNLIMITED NEWSJOURNAL has been distributed via snail mail in hard copy since 1973. J Michael Kenyon of the Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Commission once described the UNJ as "arguably, America's finest source of Unlimited hydroplane news and views". With the June, 2011 issue, UNJ is no longer being sent via U.S. mail The UNJ is now on-line and FREE! It features Breaking News, Race Reports, Statistics, Color Photos, History, and more. The address is… Continue

Added by Hydroplane Museum on July 17, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

Bitten by the Big Bad Boat Bug

The zealots who cannot shake the unlimited hydroplane habit open the new season in the certain knowledge that heartbreak lies around the bend.

By Coles Phinizy

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, June 2, 1975

After 15 honest years of handling lesser brutes, in 1973 Tom D'Eath, a 29-year-old Michigan boat driver, got his first try in an unlimited hydroplane. When he moved up into the biggest class of them all, D'Eath joined an elite group of boat…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on July 14, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

1967 Gold Cup Crash

There has been a lot of traffic on the blogs this week about the Notre Dame and Harrah's Club crash in heat 1A of the 1967 Gold Cup. Here are a few photos from our archives that may clear up a few questions. (All photos are from the collection of the Hydroplan Museum  Many were taken by Rich Ormbreck)


1. The Notre Dame bouning the first of three times.



Added by David D. Williams on July 1, 2011 at 12:46pm — 3 Comments

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