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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.


Membership benefits include:

  • Dynamic Blast From The Past BBBC…

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…


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 ...



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...…


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…


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…


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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

New Starting procedures

Just curious what everyones thoughts / opinions are on the starting procedures for the last races of the 2011 Air National Guard Series.  I think is will work much better than the first races of this year!

Added by Tom Butler on September 11, 2011 at 4:24pm — 2 Comments


As I’m sure you know the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is a member supported not for profit corporation.  We operate a real brick and mortar museum that houses a dozen or so of the fastest, most historic vintage unlimited hydroplanes in the world.  Restoring and running the boats is very expensive.  For the past two decades we have been supported by almost seven hundred dues paying members who contribute financially to the museum via their yearly dues…


Added by David D. Williams on September 8, 2011 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Harrah's Tahoe Miss, V-6 engine driving the Allison Aux stage blower. Late 60's or early 70's.

 Would it be possible for anyone who remembers or has pictures of the

 Tahoe Miss that had a Buick or Olds V-6 engine driving the aux stage

 blower please forward any information on this unique application to me. I saw the boat in Detroit in the late sixtys.

 I believe the name of the Crew Chief was Harry Volpe. Additional information would be appriciated.


Bill Grunow,

Added by William H. "Bill" Grunow on September 8, 2011 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Winston EagleRacing Teams mascot Cadillac

In 1998 We purchased the "Bad Cad", a 1960 custom Cadillac which followed the Winston Eagle Hydroplane racing team. It was purchased in Seattle and shipped to Florida.   I am trying to find more information on the Bad Cad, so if anyone has any information or ideas as to where I may find any information on the  car, please let me know.  I am attaching a photo collage. Thanks, Joilynn … Continue

Added by Joilynn Littleton on August 31, 2011 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Swedish Inboard Hydroplane found.....

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…


Added by Hans Larson on August 31, 2011 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Sent a letter of thanks to the mayor of Coeur d'Alene,,,,here's her nice little response.

    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.

Best regards,…


Added by Michael Opel on August 30, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments

Insider Report

     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…


Added by Michael Opel on August 22, 2011 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

Hydro Footage

Found some footage from 1964 on an episode of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" on HULU.com. The episode is titled "Time Bomb" and the racing scenes start around the 30 min. mark. Some of the hydros are Miss Exide, Mariner Too, The 4-seat Tempo, 1964 Miss Budweiser, Savair's Mist and the Miss Madison. The episode is stupid but the racing footage is pretty good. Take a look.

Added by Keith on August 19, 2011 at 4:57pm — 2 Comments

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