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How's the Sport Doing?

With reference to a blog posted over 3 years ago by Tim Maytn, together with several responses I wanted to bring this up again for discussion, especially since we've acquired a lot of new members.


We didn't have a lot of response to the original blog, but we…


Added by Phil Lampman on October 15, 2015 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

Indulge me here. I'm trying to prove a point I made the other day to some friends.

Okay, here's a question:

When you think about Unlimited Hydroplane Racing during the period from, say 1955 to 1970, what comes first to mind?

1. A Driver 

2. A Boat

3. An Event

No essay answers, please. Just tell me which of the 3 choices comes immediately to mind. It's easy to pick all 3 I realize, but I just want to know what you think of first.

Just curious. Thanks for indulging…


Added by Phil Lampman on September 13, 2014 at 8:02pm — 5 Comments

This is Important, Updated From Original Blog Post - August 12, 2012.

I'm sure many of you read the original post which I submitted over a year ago. We've acquired a great many new Website Members since that time and I think the message is still relevant and important. Perhaps even more so with the projects and activities we have planned. Please Join Us!

I was at the Museum this morning helping Don Mock work on the horizontal…


Added by Phil Lampman on January 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Seafair - Damned if they do and damned if they do....

I just logged on to the museum website just to see how many members had something to say about last weekend's event. I have thus far seen no criticism or whining about anything. I suspect all of you have some opinion about what might reasonably be considered one of the least attended and most criticized events ever. Your restraint, at least on this forum is pretty classy. forgive my poor spelling and punctuation, but my broken fingrs from falling off the truck on Thursday have yet to heal or…


Added by Phil Lampman on August 5, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Sammamish Slough Races - a Rememberance and Show

Among the most popular outboard-hydroplane events during Seattle area summers were the races from Redmond to Kenmore by way of the Sammamish Slough, now considered to be a "river" since Microsoft moved into town and property values reached the point where the term is no longer acceptable to local real estate agents.

But to most of us hanging out on this website, it was always "The Slough". This annual event was a thrill to watch, especially near the Bothell Bridge. Though the races…


Added by Phil Lampman on March 13, 2013 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Ferrari Hydroplane, ARNO XI

As a Ferrari enthusiast and former seller/broker of Ferraris, I've been acquainted with this famous boat for several years. I've been looking for a scale model of it for some time. the only ones I've seen are a 1:43 scale resin model kit  produced by FDS about 20 years ago and a large scale kit by Amati which can be built as either a static or R/C model. Not cheap however. (but I am) There also seems to be a number of built versions coming out of Asia of varying degrees of…


Added by Phil Lampman on February 24, 2013 at 2:50pm — No Comments

What a Wonderful Sight This Morning...

What a wonderful sight this morning when I drove into the Museum parking lot to see that familiar big Lincoln Town "art" Car sitting in its customary parking spot. Just seeing that big car, festooned with hydroplanes on the roof and hood, paintings on the flanks and roostertails everywhere, both painted and in relief, brightened my whole day.Lenny is back!.

Leonard Ellis is well known to us regulars and a great friend and long-time supporter of the Museum.  Most of you might know of…


Added by Phil Lampman on February 14, 2013 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

I Hope I don't get "fired" over this unauthorized appeal.

I was at the Museum this morning helping Don Mock work on the horizontal wing for the Blue Blaster when fellow member, Bob Senior, came over to say hello and to check on our progress. Bob is a very special person having been involved in Unlimited Hydroplane racing in one form or another for nearly 50 years. I always look forward to a visit from Bob. Among the things we discussed during his visit was the growth of (this) Museum Website to over 700 members. That’s nearly a three-fold…


Added by Phil Lampman on August 18, 2012 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Well, Whadda' Think About Unlimited Hydroplane Racing lately?

I was trying to find Tim Maitlans (sp?) original post about what needs to be done to further the sport of (Unlimited) hydroplane racing. Actually I think Tim's original question posed to us was what needs to be done to attract new fans to the sport. I was hoping to bring it back up to the top of this forum to try to gage how you all feel about the progress, if any, since Tim first posted his blog?

So, in the absence of the informational technology skills that allows me to find…


Added by Phil Lampman on August 8, 2012 at 4:58pm — 2 Comments

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