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What is the Video Vault?

The Video Vault is a private Group, on our web site, that provides Museum members access to hundreds of hours of hydroplane video footage. Some of the footage is very rare, not seen in public for decades.

Why a Video Vault?

The Museum’s mission is to inspire and motivate learning and achievement while honoring, celebrating and preserving the legacy of Unlimited Hydroplane racing. By providing access to our massive video archive to our membership, we hope to continue with this mission.

What is in the Video Vault?

Here is a glimpse of what you will find in the Video Vault:

  • Unlimited hydroplane racing footage.
  • Race team promotions, driver interviews, boat stories, and more.
  • Rough footage - series of unseen films, random shots, etc. Fans will enjoy exploring these as they are filled with lots of surprises.
  • Professionally produced films and documentaries.
  • Limited, Outboard, and R/C raceboat footage.

Is the Video Vault complete?

Even with over a 100 videos already available, the Video Vault is still a work-in-progress. The Museum has boxes and boxes (did I say boxes?) of amazing video footage that begs to be viewed. Much of the content is old, in obsolete formats (ever heard of Kinescope?), and is in dire need of being converted to digital before they deteriorate beyond repair. We will be digitizing new video content and uploading to the Video Vault on a weekly basic. So, check back often to see "what's new?"

Can I see an example of what's in the Video Vault?

Well...ok, here is the cabover Miss Bardahl being tested in 1966.

Who can access the Video Vault?

The Video Vault is free to Museum members who have a General Membership or greater in good standing.

Why isn’t the Video Vault free to everyone?

The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. As a non-profit, Memberships are the life's blood that keeps our doors open. We rely on them for things like rent, utilities, and daily supplies. By becoming a member, you can help ensure that the only hydroplane museum in the world will continue to grow.

How can I join the Video Vault?

To join the Video Vault, just follow these 3 simple steps:

  1. If you do not have a General Membership or greater that is in good standing, then you will want to visit the Museum Store and join.
  2. If you do not have an account on our web site, then make sure to Sign Up
  3. Once you have accomplished the above, you will be sent an email invitation to join the Video Vault

If you have any question or comments, please contact the Museum at either info@thunderboats.org or (206) 764-9453.

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