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Bitten by the Big Bad Boat Bug

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…

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Added by Dale Fugier on July 14, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

1967 Gold Cup Crash

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…

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Added by David D. Williams on July 1, 2011 at 12:46pm — 3 Comments

2011 Hall of Champions

 

Gar Wood and Dean Chenoweth were inducted into the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum’s Hall of Champions on Saturday night the 14th of May.

The…

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Added by David D. Williams on May 19, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments

HYDROPLANE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP "TIP OF THE MONTH"

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…

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Added by Bob Senior on May 8, 2011 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Hydro Fever Saturday May 28th!

 

 

 

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…

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Added by David D. Williams on May 7, 2011 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Visiting from Sweden - what a blast.....

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…

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Added by Hans Larson on May 2, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments

Crash and Carry On

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…

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Added by Dale Fugier on April 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Rich Triumph At A Ripe Age

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…

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Added by Dale Fugier on April 28, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Stan Hanauer: True Gentleman.

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…

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Added by Marc Connelly on April 25, 2011 at 11:48am — 1 Comment

One Lap in the Life of the Green Dragon

One Lap in the Life of the Green Dragon

By: Ryan Smith…

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Added by Ryan Smith on April 24, 2011 at 7:13pm — 1 Comment

Stan Hanauer

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. 

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Added by Don Mock on April 22, 2011 at 8:49pm — 3 Comments

Waiting for Summer....

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…

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Added by Valaree Weiss on April 9, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Is there a future for automotive power for unlimiteds?

By Doug Ford

Reprinted from h1unlimited.com.

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,…

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Added by Dale Fugier on April 5, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

The Gar Wood Story

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…

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Added by Dale Fugier on April 5, 2011 at 8:32pm — No Comments

The Dean Chenoweth Story

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…

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Added by Dale Fugier on March 27, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Gar Wood and Dean Chenoweth to be honored by the Hydro Museum

Gar Wood and Dean Chenoweth will be inducted into the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Hall of Champions on Saturday May 14th.…

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Added by David D. Williams on March 24, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Miss Canada kit build by Osborne Models

Follow our build of Miss Canada here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/classicwoodenboatmodels/

 

Check the messages folder for the build articles.

Added by Mike Van Volkenburg on March 19, 2011 at 7:36am — 2 Comments

THE UNLIMITEDS: 2010 IN REVIEW

By Fred Farley  -  H1 Unlimited Historian

The 2010 H1 Unlimited tour featured a battle royal for National High Point honors that began over the Fourth of July weekend in Madison (Indiana) and concluded with stopovers in Detroit, Tri-Cities (Washington), Seattle, San Diego, and Doha (Qatar).

A total of twelve teams, thirteen hulls, and sixteen drivers saw competitive action during 2010.

When the roostertails subsided after the last race of the season at Doha, OH BOY!…

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Added by Dale Fugier on March 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

MUSEUM GIFT SHOP "TIP OF THE MONTH"

Your Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is marketing an attractive collector's set

of 3-inch cloisonne hydro pins. They reflect the unlimited hydroplanes that the Museum

has restored to running condition.. Pin #7, the Griffon Miss Budweiser is now in stock and

available for order. Earlier boats in the series are Hawaii Kai III, SloMoShun IV, SloMoShun V,

Miss Burien, Miss Thriftway, and the '58 Miss Bardahl. Your Series pin number is recorded

for the opportunity to puchase… Continue

Added by Bob Senior on March 7, 2011 at 5:22pm — No Comments

1958 Miss Bardahl

I added pictures to the 1958 Miss Bardahl boat repair section and started a new album 1958 Miss Bardahl engine repair.

Added by Glenn D. Raymond on March 6, 2011 at 5:11pm — No Comments

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