We're racing through history!
Added by Joilynn Littleton on August 31, 2011 at 1:25pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Hans Larson on August 31, 2011 at 1:18pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Michael Opel on August 30, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Steve R. Chavey on August 8, 2011 at 11:45am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Opel on August 7, 2011 at 4:47am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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.
Added by Hydroplane Museum on August 3, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments
Added by Hydroplane Museum on July 17, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Hydroplane Museum on July 14, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Bob Senior on May 8, 2011 at 9:10pm — No Comments
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
In early April I had the chance to visit the Hydroplane museum for the first time. I would like to thank everyone for the welcome and I must say I am impressed by the work and dedication of everyone.
I am working with a boat museum here in Sweden but we have nothing like what you have. Being a boat racing fan it was like coming to heaven. There is nothing even close to unlimited hydroplanes here. I am restoring a small inboard hydroplane which origin is from one of Ron Jones…Continue
Added by Hans Larson on May 2, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments
That could be the motto of Dean Chenoweth, unlimited hydroplane champion and a man with unlimited courage.
By Coles Phinizy
Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, August 24, 1981
In his workaday world 43-year-old Dean Chenoweth of Tallahassee is a near-perfect person. He doesn't smoke. He doesn't drink. He eats what he needs, takes diet supplements and runs eight miles a day. Although a model of abstinence in his ordinary life, in his…Continue
Added by Hydroplane Museum on April 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Gar Wood always wanted to build and race the fastest powerboats in the world. Finally, when nearing 40, he realized his ambition.
By William F. Nolan
Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, February 4, 1963
They all laughed when Garfield Arthur Wood challenged England for the Harmsworth Trophy in 1920. Wood was nearly 40, an age at which few sportsmen are found behind the wheel of an unlimited hydroplane. Besides, the English had held the…Continue
Added by Hydroplane Museum on April 28, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments