"Fantastic picture, Mark, thanks for sharing. What a great reference to the historic times too. 1968 was a tumultuous year, and I'm sure that hydroplane racing provided a much needed enjoyable diversion for the fans in those…"
Ron Musson was my favorite hydroplane driver of all time.He was a great driver and had a great personality.I have many boxes of hydroplane collectables.Programs,buttons as well as newspaper articles.The crown jewel is a Ron Musson autograghed Bardahl postcard.
It is I believe 1964 or 65.Its the real deal!I was about 9 or 10 during qualifiing at Seattle Seafair when I fought my way up to the fence inside the pits when Ron was walking through .I battled to the fence past people much bigger than me.Just as I made it to the fence Ron walking by and I asked him to sign my card.He walked up to the fence,asked me ny name,signed the postcard,smiled and contiued on.Back then I liked all sports.Football,Baseball,Boxing and car racing.But anyone who could climb in a boat that could travel 160MPH + with nothing but a couple of hip pads and slightly modified foot pedals was bigger than life.These guys were my heroes.
My name is Jim Sharkey and I am on Fred Farley's Historical Committee. Would you be interested in getting a copy of Rex Manchesters and Ron Munson's race records? I would be more than happy to send them to you.
Well it used to be. . . but I've never gotten a chance to drive the Green Dragon, and right now I"m having lots of fun in the Wahoo, so for the time being, Wahoo is my favorite. (If I ever get a chance to drive the Bardahl, that could change everything real quickly. . . )