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Visible progress

Well, it has been awhile since I made a post to this blog so I thought it was time for an update.  I am continuing to work with a great group of people on restoration of the 1958 Miss Bardahl.  After several months of cleaning and disassembly we finally have some visible progress as several aluminum panels have been attached to the stringers in between the rear frames.  On a more personal note, the hydroplane I am building for my boys has been flipped right side up.  Hopefully, some pictures…


Added by Steve Bishop on September 26, 2012 at 11:40am — 3 Comments

For some of us, THIS is Gold Cup week!

The Chief gave me a pass this week. It was a trade actually: “two days next week, for one day this week.” I took the deal- I had no choice. this is Gold Cup week and I have a long ways to go before my program is race ready and competitive.

A week and a half…


Added by Marc Connelly on September 25, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Gold Cup Madness: The Annual Epidemic

The sober citizens of Seattle go slightly daffy every year when the time comes for the roaring hydros to defend the city's proudest possession—the Gold Cup

By Wilbur Jarvis

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, August 10, 1959

In the early part of August each year an odd kind of euphoria overwhelms the otherwise rational people of Seattle. They start shooting off fireworks. The males put on pirate costumes and wander around town kissing, and…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on September 18, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

I Hope I don't get "fired" over this unauthorized appeal.

I was at the Museum this morning helping Don Mock work on the horizontal wing for the Blue Blaster when fellow member, Bob Senior, came over to say hello and to check on our progress. Bob is a very special person having been involved in Unlimited Hydroplane racing in one form or another for nearly 50 years. I always look forward to a visit from Bob. Among the things we discussed during his visit was the growth of (this) Museum Website to over 700 members. That’s nearly a three-fold…


Added by Phil Lampman on August 18, 2012 at 6:07pm — No Comments

What a Wonderful few Days!

It is one of the quirks of the Hydro Business that there are long cold months during the winter when little or no activity is taking place, and then for a few days at the end of July and start of August we are so incredibly busy that there is hardly time to blink. (I often tell my friends that I know what it must be like for Santa Claus to go the whole year with seeing a soul,…


Added by David D. Williams on August 10, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Well, Whadda' Think About Unlimited Hydroplane Racing lately?

I was trying to find Tim Maitlans (sp?) original post about what needs to be done to further the sport of (Unlimited) hydroplane racing. Actually I think Tim's original question posed to us was what needs to be done to attract new fans to the sport. I was hoping to bring it back up to the top of this forum to try to gage how you all feel about the progress, if any, since Tim first posted his blog?

So, in the absence of the informational technology skills that allows me to find…


Added by Phil Lampman on August 8, 2012 at 4:58pm — 2 Comments

Slo-Mo V aka Fascination I (2)

I am looking for a picture of Fascination I (2), a Bob Gilliam-owned hull that began racing in 1951 as the Slo-Mo-Shun V.  According to historical race results, this boat qualified for the Gold Cup in Seattle in 1965 and later that year as the Berryessa Belle in subsequent races.  Any help locating a picture of the boat as Fascination I will be appreciated.  Thank you.  Dave Randall

Added by Dave Randall on August 8, 2012 at 1:04pm — 2 Comments

Racing Wives

 Bill Muncey was my first Hero, a real honest to God hero, not the high dollar media creations they have today. I was lucky enough to be growing up in time when the people you admired were reachable. Your heroes are not supposed to die or get older. I felt real pain when Bill was killed, then Dean Chenowith. I bought a Shirt from Fran Muncey at the Madison Regatta many years ago, it got me to thinking, what has become of her and the other wives that put their heart and soul in this wild…


Added by Jim Stifle Jr on August 8, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Fifty Years and Still Flipping

By Dixon Smith

Reprinted from www.h1unlimited.com.

Question 1: Can a raceboat be made that will not flip?

Answer: Probably.  

Question 2: Can that unflippable boat be a consistent winner?

Answer: Yes, but as one pundit said many years ago about another program, “when  the Boeing Board of Directors changes the basic laws of Physics or gives us an…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on July 30, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Regarding Bill Muncey's Store on Mercer Island

I believe that the following article, which I have a copy of and have re-typed here, was published in a local community newspaper, but I have not been able to identify the paper. Nevertheless I find it interesting.




By Terry Burt

Everybody knows Keith. You can often find him between the canned beans and the household cleansers dusting the macaroni at the…


Added by Glenn Landguth on July 14, 2012 at 3:23am — 2 Comments

The Race That Nobody Remembers

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian

The 1971 Madison Regatta will never be forgotten for as long as men race boats. That, of course, was the year when Jim McCormick guided the community-owned MISS MADISON to victory in the race of races--the APBA Gold Cup--before the hometown crowd.

But as memorable as the 1971 regatta was, no one seems to want to remember the race that followed it in 1972.

In lieu of the Gold Cup, the city of Madison hosted a World's…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on July 2, 2012 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Special: The Large Economy Size in Gold Cups

Seattle's favorite grocery store manager wins new customers for Thriftway Supermarkets by winning races and prizes in a high-powered thunderboat.

By Rex Lardner

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, July 8, 1963

Bill Muncey, an assured, chunky man of 34, with sandy hair, giant forearms, a handsome, round face and amiable spaces between his upper teeth, looks like what, in fact, he is: a young man on the way up in the grocery business. "The…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on June 10, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Dixon Smith Lecture Videos Available

In case you were unable to attend Dixon Smith's Racing Development of the Merlin from the 1950's thru the 1990's lecture held at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum last Saturday evening, you watch a video recording of the event by visiting our Ustream channel (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/thunderboats), or by just clicking the "UStream" button on the far left side of our web site.

Added by Hydroplane Museum on May 23, 2012 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Unlimited hydro fixture Fred Leland dies at 74

Innovative hydro owner, boat builder and driver was linked to Miss Rock and PICO American Dream.

H1 Mourns the Loss of Fred Leland

Unlimited hydro fixture…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on May 21, 2012 at 3:15pm — 1 Comment

Russ Schleeh - The Shanty Man

Note, 1956 Seafair Trophy winner and National Champion Russ Schleeh passed away on May 6, 2012. Russ died at home in Mission Viejo, California. He was 93.

By David Tremayne

Whatever it was, the photograph on the wall in Dan Gurney's office showed it to be a smoking heap of tangled metal on the bed of a desert. "Is that a Flying Wing?" I ventured, and Dan, America's finest…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on May 20, 2012 at 11:17am — No Comments

Canada's Miss Supertest III - The Harmsworth Champion

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian

One of the all-time favorite Unlimited hydroplanes, the Canadian MISS SUPERTEST III was undefeated in the four races that she entered during her abbreviated career.

She won the 1959 Detroit Memorial Regatta and the 1959-60-61 Harmsworth Trophy races. With Bob Hayward driving, the "III" started in ten heats, finished first in eight of them and placed second twice.…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on May 19, 2012 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Rolls-Royce Merlin

A brief overview of the Rolls-Royce Merlin in Unlimited racing.

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian

The first boat to show up at a race with a Merlin was the MISS WINDSOR, a home-built (by Lorne Armstrong) step hydroplane that attended the 1946 Gold Cup at Detroit but failed to start. MISS WINDSOR only started in one heat of competition. This was at the 1948 Maple Leaf Trophy in Windsor, Ontario, where it failed to finish.…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on May 16, 2012 at 8:44pm — 1 Comment

The Unlimiteds Hit The Water For The First Time In 2012

The Tri-Cities testing date is now confirmed for this coming Friday, May 18th.

Two H1 Unlimited Air National Guard Series Hydroplanes will be conducting extensive test runs on the Columbia River.

The 88 Degree Men® and the U-11 Peters & May boats are due to start testing sessions at 10 AM on May 18, off the shores of Columbia Park. Drivers Scott Liddycoat and JW Myers will be in the Tri Cities on May 17 doing personal appearances while the boat…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on May 14, 2012 at 12:55pm — No Comments

F-13 at St. Pete in 1987.

Added by Gary Todd on May 12, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Lone Star

A record ninth Gold Cup victory moves a quiet man closer still to mentor Bill Muncey in the reckoning for Unlimited hydroplaning's all-time greatest exponent.

By David Tremayne, 1993

Stan Hanauer tells it best, but since he is Chip's father it's not surprising that he should know the inside story of his son's 1982 Gold Cup victory. It was the first of that record nine, and…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on May 10, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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