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New Starting procedures

Just curious what everyones thoughts / opinions are on the starting procedures for the last races of the 2011 Air National Guard Series.  I think is will work much better than the first races of this year!

Added by Tom Butler on September 11, 2011 at 4:24pm — 2 Comments


As I’m sure you know the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is a member supported not for profit corporation.  We operate a real brick and mortar museum that houses a dozen or so of the fastest, most historic vintage unlimited hydroplanes in the world.  Restoring and running the boats is very expensive.  For the past two decades we have been supported by almost seven hundred dues paying members who contribute financially to the museum via their yearly dues…


Added by David D. Williams on September 8, 2011 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Harrah's Tahoe Miss, V-6 engine driving the Allison Aux stage blower. Late 60's or early 70's.

 Would it be possible for anyone who remembers or has pictures of the

 Tahoe Miss that had a Buick or Olds V-6 engine driving the aux stage

 blower please forward any information on this unique application to me. I saw the boat in Detroit in the late sixtys.

 I believe the name of the Crew Chief was Harry Volpe. Additional information would be appriciated.


Bill Grunow,

Added by William H. "Bill" Grunow on September 8, 2011 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Winston EagleRacing Teams mascot Cadillac

In 1998 We purchased the "Bad Cad", a 1960 custom Cadillac which followed the Winston Eagle Hydroplane racing team. It was purchased in Seattle and shipped to Florida.   I am trying to find more information on the Bad Cad, so if anyone has any information or ideas as to where I may find any information on the  car, please let me know.  I am attaching a photo collage. Thanks, Joilynn … Continue

Added by Joilynn Littleton on August 31, 2011 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Swedish Inboard Hydroplane found.....

About four weeks ago I was able (with a few friends) to locate the first of a series of inboard hydroplanes built in Sweden. It was built in 1963/64 and based on a design by Ron Jones Sr. It was powered by a Volvo 4-cylinder engine souped up to about 135 hp. It was raced in the 1800cc class and was able to reach speeds around 70 knots. This boat was found in a barn where it has been sitting since 1967. Rear cowling, engine cowling and the engine is missing but otherwise it is in not too bad…


Added by Hans Larson on August 31, 2011 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Sent a letter of thanks to the mayor of Coeur d'Alene,,,,here's her nice little response.

    The weekend seemed to be a resounding success.  I have heard from many how much they enjoyed the hydroplanes back in Coeur d’Alene.  Thanks for all of your help.

Best regards,…


Added by Michael Opel on August 30, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments

Insider Report

     As a fan and participant of "Live Theatre" for many years, I have experienced several moments where a particular performance is just "magical". The kind of show where everyone nails their lines, hit all their marks. The lighting and the set just looks right together. After a few scenes you realize that the audience is just eating it up. The audience can't quite explain it, but they know that whatever they're seeing is cool beyond belief.

     That's what happened in Coeur d'Alene…


Added by Michael Opel on August 22, 2011 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

Hydro Footage

Found some footage from 1964 on an episode of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" on HULU.com. The episode is titled "Time Bomb" and the racing scenes start around the 30 min. mark. Some of the hydros are Miss Exide, Mariner Too, The 4-seat Tempo, 1964 Miss Budweiser, Savair's Mist and the Miss Madison. The episode is stupid but the racing footage is pretty good. Take a look.

Added by Keith on August 19, 2011 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

Thanks for contributing to a great Seafair weekend!

Hats off to everyone connected with the vintage hydroplanes; drivers, crews and all museum volunteers who brought the thunder back to Seafair!      We heard many positive comments from fans in the pits and on the shore and endless stories of the "glory days" of boat racing in Seattle.   Thanks to Dave Williams for coordinating the vintage event.   You deserve a couple days of sleep!   Let's not take this for granted.  Who else can we thank to insure the museum fleet is a continued part of a the… Continue

Added by Steve R. Chavey on August 8, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments

Unbelieveable 10 days

     For those of you that have ever given a dollar, a days worth of work or anything else to the Museum out of the kindness of your heart.....you should be VERY proud of the show those men and women put on over the last 10 days. The 5 boats that participated in the Tri Cities, were sparkling,,,,,,I mean they glistened in the sun. Those that piloted the boats put on a GREAT show for the fans. They created a few cool formations and the photo ops were spectacular. The best part was being able…


Added by Michael Opel on August 7, 2011 at 4:47am — No Comments

Fastest Man Afloat

Stan Sayres' famous "Slo-Mos" have made Seattle the nation's motorboat capital.

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, August 23, 1954

To the close-knit speedboat fraternity of Detroit, the stumpy, graying figure of one Stanley St. Clair Sayres is like something out of a recurrent bad dream. Four years ago Mr. Sayres, an obscure automobile salesman from Seattle, Wash., came to Detroit with a strange contraption which, on the record, would go faster on…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on August 3, 2011 at 6:51pm — No Comments


This newly-revised Museum web site kicked off on October 19h 2010. We are now up to 423 "members", from all over the U.S. and even International. It is an amazing "blog", with lots of photos, videos, and hydro racing history. It also provides  the ability to follow all of the Museum restoration progress. But it is important to point out that the 423 are members of the "blog" and not literally members of the Museum itself. Museum membership indicates financial support, which helps us pay the…


Added by Bob Senior on August 3, 2011 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

Vintage Hydroplane return to Seafair!

Vintage hydroplane racing returns this summer - experience the roar and thunder the way it used to be! Boats like the Miss Bardhal, Miss Wahoo, Oh Boy! Oberto, and Miss Thriftway will be making a come back this summer thanks in part to the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent, WA. The vintage boats will also be on display in Stan Sayres Pits and a meet and greet autograph session with past drivers will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

2011 Hydroplane…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on August 3, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments

Miss Chrysler Crew

As a professional film camera man for motorsports during the sixties and seventies I was privileged to be close to the action. In 1967 I was in San Diego filming the Chrysler Crew as it was firing up. The ringing scream of those two Keith Black Marine engines was ear splitting. As it pulled away the noise was positively shattering! I haven't seen any other comments on the sound of this machine but from dragsters to Indianapolis or Nascar, Nothing came close.

Added by Jack Reynolds on August 1, 2011 at 11:49am — 3 Comments


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…


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

2011 Hall of Champions


Gar Wood and Dean Chenoweth were inducted into the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum’s Hall of Champions on Saturday night the 14th of May.



Added by David D. Williams on May 19, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments


Museum Executive Director David D. Williams has written four books about Unlimited hydroplane racing that belong

on every hydroplane racing fan's bookshelf. They are "Hydroplane Racing in Seattle", "Turbine Racing in Seattle". "Hydroplane Racing in the Tri-Cities", and "Hydroplane Racing in Detroit". They can be ordered via the Museum

by visiting the Museum STORE button and then clicking on BOOKS AND MAGAZINES. You will also find numerous other publications on boat racing that…


Added by Bob Senior on May 8, 2011 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Hydro Fever Saturday May 28th!




Save the date - Saturday, May 28th from 10 am to 4 pm for HYDRO FEVER at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum. 5917 South 196th Street   Kent, WA 98032


It's the annual Open House, and admission is FREE.HYDRO FEVER will include a Live auction of hydroplane memorabilia at…


Added by David D. Williams on May 7, 2011 at 1:52pm — No Comments

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