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What is your favorite hydroplane?
Miss Thriftway, of course. Or maybe the Atlas. Then again, I am kinda fond of the ‘69 Notre Dame too...
Who is our favorite hydroplane driver?
Muncey, Muncey, and Muncey!

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For some of us, THIS is Gold Cup week!

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

The Chief gave me a pass this week. It was a trade actually: “two days next week, for one day this week.” I took the deal- I had no choice. this is Gold Cup week and I have a long ways to go before my program is race ready and competitive.

A week and a half…


Stan Hanauer: True Gentleman.

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 11:48am 1 Comment

I knew that his days were growing short but still, it came as a personal blow to learn that Stan Hanauer had passed away last week. I flat loved the guy and I will miss him a great deal. Stan was a fine human being.


There are so many good people who will read this post that knew Stan far better than I, who can tell the great stories of his Navy days, or his hydroplane racing days.  I wasn’t a close personal friend, but Stan and I were simpatico on a special level as fellow…


Chris Denslow photos from our Holiday Stocking Stuffer catalog.

Posted on December 8, 2010 at 5:52pm 0 Comments

By a twist of fate, my family goes way back with the hydroplane photographers of yore. I met Vic Condiotti. And I believe that it was my father who gave Bob ‘Cuddles’ Carver his nickname after accompanying him to a ‘tie up’ to the entrance buoy entering turn one on Lake Washington one day. I remember him at cocktail parties hosted by my parents, thinking he had maybe the tenth coolest job on the planet, after the hydro drivers themselves, of course. That was over 50 years… Continue

The A Teams

Posted on November 19, 2010 at 10:30am 1 Comment

This morning, after working with the crew to reattach a chunk of the Blue Blaster, my shoulders are a bit sore in that special way that only comes from a good, honest, evenings worth of hydroplane crew work. It feels good, a familiar old feeling from a few years back, when I was an ‘A Team’ participant on the 1982 Atlas Van Lines Restoration.

I should offer a disclaimer right here and now: the ‘A-Team’ concept is wholly my concoction, my notion of how things are. It is not…

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At 5:03pm on January 20, 2011, Steve Muncey said…

Hey Marc...  My dad Ray was Bill's brother.  I have 2 sisters, Laurie and Adrienne, and a brother Daryl.  Yes, I have some awesome memories.  Dad owned a marina in Port Clinton Ohio, and whenever Uncle Bill raced in Detroit, he brought the boat to Sugar Rock and of course the people around here freaked.  Then we would take a family trip on dad's boat up to the Detroit River, catch the race, and hang with family. Many many great years.  I was probably 12 when I first met Aunt Fran and saw her in Detroit 2 years ago..  I still communicate with Wil and Edward from time to time, not much contact with Dorian or Ken, geographic reasons only....

     (laughing)... I see you built an '82 Atlas as I did.  Mine took me 400 hours, about 1200 bucks and was perfect down to the brush stroke.  I watched in horror as it lost reception, and crashed into the rocks.  Stupidly I tried to re-start my KB .87 only to watch it literally blow up.  I still have it in the shed with boxes marked Christmas laying on top of it.  Gotta love the sick humor...

     Anyway.. I'm glad Uncle Bill is not forgotten...  I do have more stories for another day....   The best,  Steve


At 9:22pm on December 27, 2010, Dennis J. Dyke said…
Hi Mark    I'am new at this web site and would like to know to find a R/C like yours I see your from Mi and class of 67  I live in Az now but grew up in Detroit and would go to the Hydroplane races every year and sit at the roostertail right at the pit  We still see them in San Deigo and love them Please let me know about the boat I have build R/C planes sailboats Cars and need a hydro  Thanks Dennis Dyke    dyker76@cox.net
At 7:55am on December 21, 2010, Chip Dean said…

Hi Mark,

Nice picture. I am looking forward to next season. I need to get some good pictures of my

"White Knife" running this year. I hope to have the nose fixed by the model show and have her there to display.  Merry Christmas!   

At 5:35pm on December 15, 2010, John Olson said…

Thanks Marc. It is a blast to drive.

At 1:30pm on November 22, 2010, Doug Kirk said…
Hi Marc,
We need to get you registerd in UNW!!!!!
At 8:47am on October 29, 2010, Chip Dean said…
Thank you Mark and thank you for letting me have the registeration with RCU.
I don't think we will be under rated for very long......
Glad to be here and like the new website look.

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