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Bob Calhoun commented on Hydroplane Museum's group 1973 Pay 'N Pak
"I'm about to start building the Craftmasters 1/25 Pay' N Pak. Beautiful model! Question: the instructions call for an orange engine block. In recent pics it appears to be black. Has anyone seen the restored boat close up? Also, I…"
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"That sure looks Good! Is that a 1/25 scale kit from Craftmasters? Great job on a GREAT Boat."
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"a new 18 inch model just completed."
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The hydroplane connection

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 10:18am 0 Comments

In the ‘50s, males 18 and older had three choices: Be drafted for two years, enlist three to four years or try to find work. In spite of the impending draft I landed a job that offered excitement like meeting well-known personalities and becoming part of hydroplane racing at Stan Sayres Inc. Stan Sayres Inc. was a Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth/Desoto…


Hydro fever blends nostalgia with competition for die-hards

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

David Williams left his real-world job to live his dream. He occasionally drives hydros and works as executive director of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent.

Seafair's hydroplane races don't hold the same place in Seattle's…


A Ron Jones Introduction - A Century of Gold Cup Racing

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

The recently published book, A CENTURY OF GOLD CUP RACING by Fred Farley and Ron Harsin, is dedicated to two extraordinary men: Ted Jones and his son Ron Jones, Sr., whose trend-setting designs defined state-of-the-art in Gold Cup racing in the second half of the 20th Century.

Ron was asked to write the introduction to A CENTURY OF GOLD CUP RACING. It contains a moving tribute to his late father. Due to space limitations, Ron's preface had to be shortened for…


The Master Speaks - An Interview with Ron Jones Sr.

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

By Anne McRayde. Reprinted from Skid Fin Magazine, 2003, Vol 1, No. 1

How did you first begin building boats?

You could say I was born with it. My father was Ted Jones, who invented the three-point hydroplane, as we know it today. As a little boy, I was able to go with Dad, and my three sisters, and Mom to the lake and watch Dad test. When he was out testing my three sisters, who are marvelous people, screamed and hollered. I stood there very stoically…


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At 1:04pm on December 9, 2016, Stephen Shepperd said…
Dale: Please feel free to reformat the Norberg article so that it works best for your needs. Thanks for the kind words about the piece as well.
At 11:54am on November 15, 2010, Mark Douty said…
And this one...

At 11:52am on November 15, 2010, Mark Douty said…
Hey..It worked! Here's another...

At 11:51am on November 15, 2010, Mark Douty said…
I'm trying to show you a photo from Thunderboat magazine...

At 7:40am on November 12, 2010, Mark Douty said…
Actually there was 3 videos about the Unlimiteds on that British site. Have you seen these before? http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=34783
At 11:30pm on November 11, 2010, Mark Douty said…
Hi Dale. Here's a link to one of the videos I wanted to show everyone although it might not be possible if that code didn't work. Maybe I can just show everyone this link in a post. Do you think it's OK? http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=64568
At 10:26am on November 9, 2010, Jim Wallace said…
Just renewed my museum membership and will post more photos taken over the years.

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