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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 Dale Fugier 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 Dale Fugier on August 3, 2011 at 9:40am — No Comments
Added by Dale Fugier 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 Dale Fugier 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 Dale Fugier 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 Dale Fugier on April 28, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I knew that his days were growing short but still, it came as a personal blow to learn that Stan Hanauer had passed away last week. I flat loved the guy and I will miss him a great deal. Stan was a fine human being.
There are so many good people who will read this post that knew Stan far better than I, who can tell the great stories of his Navy days, or his hydroplane racing days. I wasn’t a close personal friend, but Stan and I were simpatico on a special level as fellow…Continue
One Lap in the Life of the Green Dragon
By: Ryan Smith…Continue
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is sad to announce that Stan Hanauer passed away last evening at 8pm. His family was with him at the time. Services will be announced soon. Stan was 90 years of age.
I can almost smell the water and feel the breeze against my face, as I anxiously wait for the racing season to start. A visit
was made to the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum for quick fix of those hydroplane boats; along with a visit to Stan
Sayers Park Memorial Park to breathe in the beauty of Lake Washington. It was an unusual day for February, a special
gift from nature for those of us who live near Seattle; as that there was no rain to…Continue
Added by Valaree Weiss on April 9, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Dale Fugier on April 5, 2011 at 8:32pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Dale Fugier on March 27, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments