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Michael Opel liked James Michael Dickinson's blog post Another One Saved From The Axe
Mar 17, 2013
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Roostertails and Ales. Oktoberfest beer tasting at the Museum at Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

September 29, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm
Please join us Saturday September 29th at 5 PM for "Roostertails and Ales", the first ever Beer Tasting at the Hydro Museum. $10 gets you an evening of beer, bratwurst, soft pretzels and live music. Eight local NW microbreweries will be offering samples of their finest brews. Brought to you in part by Columbia Distributors.$10 gets you five tickets and admission to the event. Once you are in you can trade your tickets for food and beer.1 ticket gets you a beer sample2 tickets gets you a soft…See More
Sep 6, 2012
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Jun 15, 2012
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Apr 21, 2012
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Apr 15, 2012
Michael Opel commented on David D. Williams's event Couch Racing with Chip Hanauer
"When I watch the 82 Gold Cup, and Chip pulled along side Chenoweth going into turn 3...........I swear I can see Chip with his head turned, staring down Dean before he took the lead and ran away. But I don't want facts getting in the way of a…"
Mar 29, 2012
Michael Opel is attending David D. Williams's event

Couch Racing with Chip Hanauer at Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

April 21, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm
 Unlimited Hydroplane Legend Chip Hanauer will tell where "all the bodies are buried" in this exclusive, tell all lecture and webcast on Saturday April 21st. Chip will "spill the beans" on the funny, wacky and unbelievable things that happened in his 30 year career driving race boats.  The show starts at 2 PM PST and is free to dues paying Museum Members and costs $5 for nonmembers. It will be broadcast live on our website for out of town members who can't get to Seattle. Don't miss it!…See More
Mar 29, 2012
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Mar 29, 2012
Michael Opel liked Steve Bishop's blog post First visit
Mar 14, 2012
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Construction updates as the famous "Blue Blaster" is restored to her original racing condition. Updates by Don Mock and Phil Lampman - Photos by Phil LampmanSee More
Feb 14, 2012
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Jan 18, 2012

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What is your favorite hydroplane?
Miss Excide
Who is our favorite hydroplane driver?
Any man or woman that has ever strapped in or driven without straps, YOU are my favorite

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On a personal note

Posted on October 4, 2011 at 9:53pm 2 Comments

     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…


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

Posted on August 30, 2011 at 9:17am 0 Comments

    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,…


Insider Report

Posted on August 22, 2011 at 1:24pm 1 Comment

     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…


Unbelieveable 10 days

Posted on August 7, 2011 at 4:47am 0 Comments

     For those of you that have ever given a dollar, a days worth of work or anything else to the Museum out of the kindness of your heart.....you should be VERY proud of the show those men and women put on over the last 10 days. The 5 boats that participated in the Tri Cities, were sparkling,,,,,,I mean they glistened in the sun. Those that piloted the boats put on a GREAT show for the fans. They created a few cool formations and the photo ops were spectacular. The best part was being able…


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