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Ron has a new girl this season, a 3-ton rear-engine beauty with sophisticated curves and a 170-mph yen to be '66 champion.
By Ron Musson, world champion driver, unlimited hydroplanes
Reprinted from Popular Mechanics, March 1966
Unlimited Hydroplanes are the world's fastest and largest competition powerboats, and this year I'm driving a brand-new one of radical design.
Some people think the new Miss Bardahl is too far out,…Continue
By Doug Ford
Reprinted from h1unlimited.com.
In the 1930's and 1940's, aerodynamics played little or no role in the performance of the Gold Cup boats and Unlimited Hydroplanes. But, in 1955 the boat racing fraternity got a rude awakening as Lou Fageol and Slo-mo-shun V performed the first ever 360 degree blow-over while at high speed on the backstretch of his final lap of qualifying for the Gold Cup in Seattle. …Continue
By Bill Ames
Reprinted from Science & Mechanics, August, 1974
The Unlimited Division of the American Power Boat Association is the smallest active racing class of that group. This elite coterie fields less than two dozen boats each year, to compete in about ten races. Yes these few regattas attract a total of more than two million spectators!
The universal appeal of these "thunderboats" is a product of roaring sound, flashing color, and the hovering dangers of…Continue
Added by Glenn D. Raymond on January 9, 2011 at 4:03pm — No Comments
An Interview with Ron Jones Sr.
By Anne McRayde
Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2003, Vol 1, No. 1
How did you first begin building boats?
You could say I was born with it. My father was Ted Jones, who invented the three-point hydroplane, as we know it today. As a little boy, I was able to go with Dad, and my three sisters, and Mom to the lake and watch Dad test. When he was out testing my three sisters, who are…Continue
Added by Dale Fugier on January 8, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
A Seattle Hydro Roared Home First In The Gold Cup But Then Officials Stepped In, And The Affair Became A Detroit Debacle.
By Jim Atwater
Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, September 10, 1956
Covered with grime, Bill Muncey bounced out on the orange deck of Miss Thriftway and did a happy jig. "By golly," shouted the husky driver as his big hydroplane swung into its pit, "by golly, it's about time." On shore Owner…Continue
Added by Dale Fugier on December 29, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments
By Thomas E. Stimson, Jr.
Reprinted from Popular Mechanics, July, 1951
If some steel-nerved power-boat driver has the courage to hold his throttle wide open for a full 30 seconds this year, there’s a chance that a brand new world record for a speed across the water will be made.
Today, half a dozen of America’s blue chip sportsmen have their eyes fixed on a terrific speed of 200 miles per hour, a figure that was fantastically out of a reach a few years ago. None…Continue
The Hydroplane Museum Gift Shop is open from 10 AM to 8 PM today, December 23rd and will be open tomorrow Dec 24th from 10 AM to 2 PM for last minute holiday shopping. We still have a complete inventory of boat models, Tee shirts, books and DVDs for the hydro fan in your life. Stop in and mention that you saw this post and you will get $10 off any purchase of $50 or more!…Continue
Added by David D. Williams on December 23, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments
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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 Wahll
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…Continue
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Don Mocks report from December 9th
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By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian
A boat racer since age 16, Dave Villwock accepted his first Unlimited Class assignment in 1989 as crew chief for Bill Bennett's MISS CIRCUS CIRCUS. Chip Hanauer was its driver. In 1990, Chip and Dave emerged as National High Point Champions with six wins in eleven races.
Following years of success in the flat-bottom inboard category, Villwock was High Point Champion in the 6-Litre Hydroplane Class in 1988 with Jerry Yoder's SUNSET…Continue
Added by Dale Fugier on December 4, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I recently purchased Jim Sharkey's amazing book, "HYDRO'S WHO'S WHO, 1946-2008". It lists all of the boats, all the drivers who drove them and what year(s) they raced. There is a chonological listing of a) all the Unlimiteds and their name changes; b) all the drivers and all the boats they drove; and c) a yearly breakdown as to how each boat finished in each race. The book is absolutely amazing with all the infomation and details. If you need to know about a hydro hull,…Continue
As we have progressed on the restoration of Bill Muncey’s Atlas Van Lines at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, the topic often comes up on which year of the boat should we recreate. To the casual observer, the Blue Blaster looked pretty much the same throughout its illustrious career. But like most race boats, the Blaster underwent subtle changes from its…Continue
Added by Steve Compton on December 3, 2010 at 8:38pm — No Comments
On October 19th the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum launched an exciting new web site. We are approaching 250 members on the new site. You can read about, and participate, in Museum events, post and/or enjoy many hydroplane racing photos and videos, create a blog, startd a discussion on the Forum or join the group for your favorite hydro. But please understand that by registering on the site, you have only become a member/participant of the web site, it does NOT include membership in the…Continue
Future Hall of Fame driver Dave Villwock will be the guest speaker at Saturday Nights Annual dinner meeting.
Villwock is currently tied will Bill Muncey for all time unlimited wins with 62!…Continue
By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian
The Rolls-Royce Griffon-powered MISS BUDWEISER of 1980 is one of the sport's legendary champions. Nicknamed the "Juggernaut," the Griffon BUD won 22 races and defined the state of the art in Unlimited racing between 1980 and 1984.
There were actually three Griffon MISS BUDWEISERs. The first appeared in 1979 and the last in 1985. But it is the "Juggernaut" that inspires awe.…Continue
Added by Dale Fugier on November 28, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments