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I'm official

Last week I received my official membership card and pin (thanks David), so I feel official.  It's been a couple of months now volunteering each Thursday at the museum helping restore the 1958 Miss Bardahl.  Yes, it's work, but what a great bunch of guys.

 

I sent an email today to our firm's (Bader Martin, just in case anybody needs a good CPA) event planning committee suggesting they consider renting the facility for our next event.  David, it might be a good idea to add…

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Added by Steve Bishop on April 12, 2012 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Iconic Hydroplane Makes a Big Move

Here are some links to some photos of the Slo-mo-shun IV being moved from the Museum of History and Industry's Montlake location, Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in Seattle.

Seattle Times Photo Gallery

The Center for Wooden Boats

The…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on April 4, 2012 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

Chip Hanauer vs. Jim Kropfeld

Through Them, the Rivalry of Their Mentors Lives On

Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, September 17, 1986

SAN DIEGO — Bill Muncey vs. Dean Chenoweth. Atlas Van Lines vs. Miss Budweiser.

There were some fierce hydroplane races between those intense rivals in the 1970s and early '80s.

Muncey was the American Power Boat Assn. national champion in 1972, '76, '78 and '79 and is the all-time leading unlimited hydroplane racer with 62…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on March 27, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Driving On the Fragile Line Between Life and Death

He's Mr. Calm, Cool and Collected in the Most Dangerous Game of Hydroplane Racing

Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, September 09, 1985

SEATTLE — The deaths of boat racers Jerry Bangs and Bill Muncey gave Chip Hanauer the opportunity he needed to become the No. 1 driver of unlimited hydroplanes.

When Bangs was killed on Lake Washington in 1977, Hanauer was chosen to replace him. He was 22, a weekend racer, a schoolteacher with a…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on March 18, 2012 at 10:56am — No Comments

Moving The "Grand Old Lady"

As many of you know, Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) has long been the home of the Slo-mo-shun IV, unlimited hydoplane racing's "Grand Old Lady". Well, MOHAI is moving from it's long time location at McCurdy Park, near the University of Washington, to the Naval Reserve Armory Building at Lake Union Park.

Slo-mo’s radical…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on March 2, 2012 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

What were they thinking?

Unlike what has been seen in Formula 1 car racing, Indianapolis car racing, NASCAR, or Limited class boat racing, Unlimited hydroplane racing has brought out many unique and very unusual designs. Clear, not all of these worked as hoped, but they sure made things interesting, and often advanced the state of the technology.

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on February 15, 2012 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

First visit

Completed my first visit to HARM on Saturday, met lots of great people, and signed up to work with the restoration crews.

Added by Steve Bishop on February 13, 2012 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Thunder On The Bay

Biscayne's waters shivered to the opening of the unlimited-hydroplane racing season as a new winged marauder called 'Pay 'n Pak' awed and eventually overcame Bill Muncey, the suffering 1972 champion.

By Dan Levin

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, May 23, 1973.

The noise of the big boats set knees and spines humming Sunday in Miami's Marine Stadium, but the shock waves were even more intense. Out on the roiled water of Biscayne Bay a…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on January 29, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Help Restore Bill Muncey's Atlas Van Lines

Join the Blue Blaster Booster Club and help restore Bill Muncey's Atlas Van Lines.

Dues are $100.00 per membership. These funds go directly to help the current Atlas Van Lines restoration project.

BBBC

Membership benefits include:

  • Dynamic Blast From The Past BBBC…
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Added by Hydroplane Museum on January 19, 2012 at 8:18pm — No Comments

4th Annual R/C Model Show

The 4th Annual Roger Newton Memorial scale model unlimited hydroplane show will be held at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Washington on Saturday, February 11th from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

Admission is just $5.00 for the general public and is free to all Museum members. A pizza lunch will be available.

Come and learn about the exciting sport of scale model unlimited hydroplane racing from some of the nation's best model builders. Over 50 of these beautiful…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on January 19, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Museum Closure -- Keep Up Your Skills

I hope fellow volunteers are using this down time to maintain their restoration skill levels.  Since shop time available for most of us is limited, we need to keep our minds sharp for the time when we return to 'action' next week.

Here is my practice at the future resto of Miss Madison; she is running again, rounding that final buoy heading towards ...

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Added by Randy Mueller on January 19, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Slo-Mo-Shun V - magazine promotion for Mobiloil 1955

Hi. Just found this promotion for Mobiloil in a technical magazine in Sweden in 1955. This is nice showing that the unlimited hydroplanes were famous in Sweden even though we didn´t have unlimited in Sweden. Since I have been furtunate to meet Ron Jones Jr last year at the Hydroplane Museeum this is special to me.... Hope to be back soon...…

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Added by Hans Larson on January 13, 2012 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Annual Membership Meeting & Holiday Party

The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum will be holding it's Annual Membership Meeting and Holiday Party, Saturday, December 10th from 6 PM to 9 PM. Once a year we all gather to share a meal, honor our outstanding members, and elect new Board Members and Officers.

This year's dinner will include a special visit from Gold Cup champion owner Erick Ellstrom of this year's National High-Points Champion team, the U-96 Spirit of Qatar racing team.

Cost is $15 per person. We would REALLY…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on December 5, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

ANother Great Doha Party!

Over 80 hydro fans showed up at the Hydroplane Museum last night to watch H1 Unlimited’s live stream of the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship. The crowd enjoyed a festive party atmosphere and some great racing. As has become our tradition, a fantastic homemade breakfast of eggs, bacon, French toast and sausage patties was…

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Added by David D. Williams on November 19, 2011 at 12:48pm — No Comments

A Rewarding Race in Detroit

For unlimited hydro racing it was a remarkably uneventful event. Nobody got killed and the boats, most of them powered by aircraft engines, flew so low that Bill Sterett won with his Chryslers.

By Kim Chapin

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, July 10, 1967

All that is good in the small domain of the thunderboat was demonstrated last Sunday on the Detroit River during the second annual World's Championship Race for unlimited hydroplanes.…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on November 2, 2011 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

30 Years Ago Today............

 

Thirty years ago today, October 18, 1981 in Acapulco, Mexico, the legendary careers of Bill Muncey and his Blue Blaster Atlas Van Lines came to an end. It was an awful day not only for friends and family of Bill Muncey, but for the other drivers and crews involved in the final-heat crash. Muncey was leading after a brilliant start when the Atlas blew over on the first lap. It was one of the lowest points for the sport of Unlimited Hydroplane racing.

So much of the direction…

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Added by Don Mock on October 18, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

On a personal note

     In Feb of 2011 I walked through the doors of a place that "I've always wanted to check out". When I walked into that building, I stood there flashing back to a time in my life when I didn't have mortgages, family responsibilities, careers.....all the things that happened when I was forced to grow up. I was suddenly in a place where it was okay to be young again. As a matter of fact, the contents and the people INSIST that you bring your memories with you.

     For every story I…

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Added by Michael Opel on October 4, 2011 at 9:53pm — 2 Comments

. . . And Bombers Hit the River

In one of the most unexpected upsets - and thrilling races - unlimited hydroplanes have known, a man who had never won before seized the President's Cup on the Potomac from the sport's last hero.

By Mark Kram

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, July 17, 1972

Sunday on the Potomac. The thought of it seems to travel with a picture of a tranquil glade, a promise of stillness. A place where you can lie back on a blanket and ponder the birth of…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on October 3, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Saws Donated by Chip Hanauer

The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum would like to sincerely thank Chip Hanauer for the high quality band saw and table saw he recently donated to the museum. The saws are a huge boost to the museum’s shop and will go a long way in helping maintain boats, trailers, display projects and restorations. Chip offered the saws in memory of his father Stan, who was a fine craftsman and built many of Chip’s first outboard hydros. Stan was also one of the first board members of the original Unlimited…

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Added by Don Mock on September 28, 2011 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Seattle's Deadly Farce

Two days of hydro racing end with four hospital cases, three retirements and no real winner.

By Emmett Watson

Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, August 22, 1960

The sport of hydroplaning, in which the sight of burning boats, crippled drivers and squabbling officials has become commonplace, degenerated into a grisly parody of itself at the Seafair Trophy races in Seattle last week. The regatta produced a winner (of sorts) in Miss Thriftway, driven…

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Added by Hydroplane Museum on September 20, 2011 at 5:52pm — 1 Comment

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