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Is there a future for automotive power for unlimiteds?

By Doug Ford

Reprinted from h1unlimited.com.

There has been a lot of chatter lately about the potential of an automotive powered unlimited hydroplane--and for good reason. They are loud. They would clearly be a fan favorite. They attract an entirely different group of potential sponsors such as automotive products, motor oil, spark plugs,…


Added by Dale Fugier on April 5, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

The Gar Wood Story

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

Garfield Arthur Wood - the immortal "Grey Fox of Grayhaven (Michigan)" - was Unlimited hydroplane racing's first superstar. In the years prior to World War II, "King Gar" personified power boat competition in the eyes of the world.

He won the APBA Gold Cup four times as an owner and five times as a driver, and captured the Harmsworth International Trophy eight times as a driver and nine times as an owner. Gar was the first to average over…


Added by Dale Fugier on April 5, 2011 at 8:32pm — No Comments

The Dean Chenoweth Story

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

Dean Chenoweth drove Unlimited hydroplanes from 1968 until his death in 1982. Like few drivers before or since, Dean could guarantee results. And in so doing, he raised boat driving to the level of an art form.

Known primarily for his championship exploits with Bernie Little's MISS BUDWEISER team, Chenoweth won 25 Unlimited races. He captured the Crown Jewel of APBA competition, the Gold Cup, four times in 1970, 1973, 1980, and 1981. Dean…


Added by Dale Fugier on March 27, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Gar Wood and Dean Chenoweth to be honored by the Hydro Museum

Gar Wood and Dean Chenoweth will be inducted into the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Hall of Champions on Saturday May 14th.…


Added by David D. Williams on March 24, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Miss Canada kit build by Osborne Models

Follow our build of Miss Canada here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/classicwoodenboatmodels/


Check the messages folder for the build articles.

Added by Mike Van Volkenburg on March 19, 2011 at 7:36am — 2 Comments


By Fred Farley  -  H1 Unlimited Historian

The 2010 H1 Unlimited tour featured a battle royal for National High Point honors that began over the Fourth of July weekend in Madison (Indiana) and concluded with stopovers in Detroit, Tri-Cities (Washington), Seattle, San Diego, and Doha (Qatar).

A total of twelve teams, thirteen hulls, and sixteen drivers saw competitive action during 2010.

When the roostertails subsided after the last race of the season at Doha, OH BOY!…


Added by Dale Fugier on March 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment


Your Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is marketing an attractive collector's set

of 3-inch cloisonne hydro pins. They reflect the unlimited hydroplanes that the Museum

has restored to running condition.. Pin #7, the Griffon Miss Budweiser is now in stock and

available for order. Earlier boats in the series are Hawaii Kai III, SloMoShun IV, SloMoShun V,

Miss Burien, Miss Thriftway, and the '58 Miss Bardahl. Your Series pin number is recorded

for the opportunity to puchase… Continue

Added by Bob Senior on March 7, 2011 at 5:22pm — No Comments

1958 Miss Bardahl

I added pictures to the 1958 Miss Bardahl boat repair section and started a new album 1958 Miss Bardahl engine repair.

Added by Glenn D. Raymond on March 6, 2011 at 5:11pm — No Comments

I added 8 more pictures to Miss Bardahl Boat Repair.

I added 8 more pictures to Miss Bardahl Boat Repair. Continue

Added by Glenn D. Raymond on March 6, 2011 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Museum Update 3-6-11


Wade & Paul loaded up all of the parts to be painted except the engine block and took them to Wade's cousin Vince. I would expect all the parts back possibly next weekend then we can reassemble the accessory housing.

My plan is to strip the engine block paint next Saturday.

I have a plan for somebody to make 2 cylinder hole covers for the block that we can use while stripping paint and painting the block.

If the shim stock…

Added by Glenn D. Raymond on March 6, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Building the Perfect Dragon

By Jon Osterberg

What makes a boat great? Typically, four traits: a committed owner; a smart, talented crew; superb driving; and innovation.

In post-1950 hydroplane racing, dominant teams have raced boats named Slo-mo-shun, Thriftway, Budweiser, Pay 'n Pak, and Atlas Van Lines. Great boats driven by great drivers named Fageol. Taggart. Muncey. Chenoweth. Remund. Henley. Hanauer. Kropfeld. D'Eath.

From 1963…


Added by Dale Fugier on February 27, 2011 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Snow again!

The Hydroplane and Raceboat Musuem will be closed today, Febuary 24th due to snow. We will be open tomorrow Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th.


Added by David D. Williams on February 24, 2011 at 8:21am — 1 Comment

One For the Rolls

An all time great among drivers reads into 'Miss Thriftway's' triumph a victory for solid power over 'souped-up, hot rod engines'

By Lou Fageol

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, August 26, 1957

To most of the people who saw Willard Rhodes's boat Miss Thriftway successfully defend her title in the Gold Cup at Seattle, the victory was one more score for Seattle in the bitter hydroplane rivalry with Detroit. But for me Miss Thriftway's…


Added by Dale Fugier on February 22, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

1958 Miss Bardahl picture update

I added more pictures to the 1958 Miss Bardahl Boat repairs gallery.

Added by Glenn D. Raymond on February 20, 2011 at 8:21pm — No Comments

Oberto Work

Well another day has passed! The UL9 has Joined the Oberto in there new temp shop. Work has Continued to night with more screw removal and preping the old girl for a much needed face lift stay tuned more info and pics to come!!

Added by Joshua Hyatt on February 18, 2011 at 7:28pm — No Comments

1958 Miss Bardahl update

We took the Miss Bardahl off her trailer Thursday night and put her on a roll around. This will make life much easier for repairs. Also the trailer can now be sent out for updates. I'll post some pictures  soon. We also took one cylinder bank to Peter Orton's shop and repositioned two cylinder liners that were bound up and out of round. Got both back to .002 out of round ...very acceptable.

We're still looking for volunteers to help with boat repairs. Experience isn't necessary, we'll…


Added by Glenn D. Raymond on February 18, 2011 at 7:13pm — No Comments

His Future is Unlimiteds

After two decades of racing in thunderboats, it looks as if 1976 National Champion Bill Muncey will continue rewriting the record books forever.

By Coles Phinizy

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, September 27, 1976

In 1950 Designer Ted Jones of the boat-mad city of Seattle revolutionized unlimited hydroplane racing with a nimble three-point monster named Slo-Mo-Shun IV. Driving her himself, Jones wrested the Gold Cup away from the equally…


Added by Dale Fugier on February 12, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Committee Kicks off Annual Auction Planning

Although August seems a long ways away, the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum's Auction Committee is already hard at work planning this summer's annual event. Hey, putting on a party for over 250 of our closest friends is a big task!

Did you know that it costs over $1,000 per day to keep the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum doors open? That's right, our annual budget is over $350,000 per year.  Last year, over one third of our income came from the…


Added by Dale Fugier on February 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A History of Automotive-Powered Unlimiteds

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

As a whole, automotive power in the Unlimited Class has so far failed to achieve competitive results. Only one auto-powered boat (MISS CHRYSLER CREW in 1967) has ever won a race.

There were quite a few attempts at automotive power in the late 1960s and early `70s. But all that were fast enough to qualify eventually took backward steps to proven principles with the traditional Allison or Rolls-Royce Merlin arrangement.

In 1948, Al…


Added by Dale Fugier on January 30, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

1958Miss Bardahl update 1-29-11

Here's the latest and greatest update.


TUESDAY: night the plan is to assemble the block ,check clearances, and add shims if necessary. Job #2 clean the crankshaft. It was stripped last Thursday night and all of the parts were cleaned today.

THURSDAY: start fitting rings to the right cylinder bank. The bank has been thoroughly cleaned and honed. Hopefully next Saturday I'll be able to do the left bank.

Warren, please clean the crank and…

Added by Glenn D. Raymond on January 29, 2011 at 9:46pm — No Comments

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