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Limited Hydroplane Racing at Green Lake, Washington 1967

Featuring Jim Douty and the "Li'l Miss Spokane"
with his crew, Mark, Ralph and Jim. Also waving is Jim McGuire in "Vendetta". Dick Rupe makes a short cameo looking at the camera.

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Comment by Gary Todd on November 7, 2010 at 3:42am
Great Film. I have a lot of 8mm and video to convert.
Comment by Steve Compton on November 7, 2010 at 6:42am
Mark, thanks for posting! That's great footage.
Comment by jim mckeon on November 11, 2010 at 6:05pm
Gee that was great to see them running on Greenlake again. It is a shame the boats are kept so far away from the viewers nowadays. Thanks Mark
Comment by Phil Lampman on November 12, 2010 at 11:35am
Wonderful stuff. I didn't make the '67 event but was there for the early 70's races. I remember in addition to the crane for the hydros, we recruited the Jeep Club to launch the flatbottoms. What a muddy mess that beach became.

I seem to recall that Green Lake was at one time the venue where the greatest number of World Records were set. Not surprising, given the beautiful course and the lack of pleasure craft.

I remember a remark coming from a California flatbottom driver, probably accustomed to the tight turns on many of the Cal courses. I think Long Beach Marine Stadium even had one buoy turns. He came back after his first time on the Green Lake course looking a bit confused. He thought he was on the straights when he was in the turns.

I can also remember when the organizers would bring a couple of blown fuel Hydros (drag boats) out of California (Mr Ed, Lickety Split, Down and Out..and local shoe Dave Brumpton) for demonstration runs along the "south" side of the lake. Lots of spectators went into the water up to their knees to get a good view of the first run. When the second run was announced, everyone scrambled to get OUT of the water. These boats were scary. Almost made a K racing runabout seem like a decent ski boat by comparison.

Great times. Sadly missed. Thanks for sharing
Comment by Mark Douty on November 12, 2010 at 8:12pm
Yes Philip and I remember some boats ending up on the beach or catching rudders on cables and stuff in the water as well as.
Comment by Patrick McCarter on June 16, 2011 at 3:55pm
Very Cool,I was just a little guy.My dad raced his drag boat at Green lake....He made his own boats.Good times...


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