We're racing through history!
I just got done reading Doug Ford's book
What were they thinking", and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Being from Detroit and having started following the Unlimiteds in 1969, I had some familiarity with many of the boats but this added a lot of information I didn't know. I appreciated how Doug did somewhat of a root cause analysis of each of the boats at the end of each chapter.
I also learned about some boats that were before my time.
I have been in Dave Bartush's…Continue
Added by James Piteo on December 30, 2020 at 9:16am — No Comments
Putting the “Unlimited” into Hydroplanes
Kirsten N. Johnson
Gar Wood's great niece…Continue
AS WE TAKE TIME THIS THANKSGIVING TO REMEMBER WHAT WE ARE THANKFUL FOR, ALL OF US AT THE HYDROPLANE & RACEBOAT MUSEUM WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT WE ARE THANKFUL FOR OUR WONDERFUL DONORS, MEMBERS AND VOLUNTEERS.…Continue
Added by David D. Williams on November 27, 2019 at 1:15pm — No Comments
HYDROPLANE & RACEBOAT MUSEUM
HOLIDAY HOURS AND CLOSURES…Continue
Added by David D. Williams on November 27, 2019 at 10:05am — No Comments
We will be running four boats at Tri Cities this weekend July 26, 27 and 28. The Museum will be closed until
we return on Tuesday July 30th. We apologize for any…Continue
Added by David D. Williams on July 25, 2019 at 8:14am — No Comments
THE HYDROPLANE & RACEBOAT MUSEUM
WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY, JULY 4TH
Added by David D. Williams on July 3, 2019 at 10:19am — No 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…Continue
Added by Hydroplane Museum on April 3, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments
By, Timothy Ramsey / HaRM
This past weekend, August 24th – 26th, many witnessed a lot of activity within the vintage unlimited scene as there were events stretching from Kent Washington all the way to Detroit Michigan that involved unlimited class race boats of all shapes and sizes. Below are just four events that we were aware of and there…Continue
Added by Timothy Ramsey on September 1, 2018 at 4:07pm — No Comments
Our 4th annual Hydro's and Hot Rods Car Show brings attendees from around the northwest - featuring a large variety of beautiful vehicles and vintage hydroplanes on display, this FREE and Family-Friendly event also offers Live Music, assorted Food Vendors, Games and much more!
Doors open at 10:00am and the event runs until 4:00pm this afternoon, see you there..
5917 South 196th Street
Kent, WA 98032
Added by Timothy Ramsey on June 3, 2018 at 9:30am — No 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…Continue
Added by Hydroplane Museum on April 23, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum worked with a Hollywood production company to film a commercial for T-Mobile using Ken Muscatel's beautifully restored 1973 Pay 'N Pak hydroplane.
The boat along with four museum volunteers traveled to Los Angeles on March 5th and 6th. The theme of the Commercial is that "Speed shouldn't be contained" so they put the Pak into…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Hydroplane Museum on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
By Bill Ames. Reprinted from Science & Mechanics, August, 1974.
The Unlimited Division of the American Power Boat Association is the smallest active racing class of that group. This elite coterie fields less than two dozen boats each year, to compete in about ten races. Yes these few regattas attract a total of more than two million…Continue
Added by Hydroplane Museum on January 19, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian
Unlimited hydroplane racing owes a lot to Ron Jones, the Seattle area boat builder, who has revolutionized the sport so dramatically over the years.
If anyone has any doubts about the contribution of Ron Jones, Sr., to big-time boat racing, the outward appearance of the hydroplanes themselves should suffice. The boats of yesteryear were, for the most part, rather narrow, quite box-shaped, and less streamlined. They had…Continue
Added by Hydroplane Museum on January 19, 2017 at 6:55pm — No Comments
By Don Mock
t was the 1979 Jack-in-the-Box Regatta on San Diego’s Mission Bay where an interesting, yet little known event took place. But it wasn’t until 35 years later that the story became even more interesting thanks to a photo that surfaced from photographer Bill Osborne. Besides a few lousy shots I took with a little cheap camera, this is the only other photo I’ve ever seen of Bill Muncey and the Atlas…Continue
The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum has learned of the passing in late November of Steve LaCava, the sport’s Rookie of the Year in 1980. An experienced 7-litre driver, LaCava purchased the former Valu-Mart from Bill Wurster early in the 1980 season and entered the boat in three races as the Oh Boy! Oberto. His best performance was a fifth-place finish in the Tri-Cities event. He sold the boat the following year, but drove it at two events as the Miss Kawaguichi Travel Service. The Museum…Continue
Added by Hydroplane Museum on December 5, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Today, there is only one piston-powered unlimited hydroplane — Ed Cooper's U-3. It uses a turbocharged Allison engine developed for World War II fighter planes. The U-3 team builds most of its own engines, but it is estimated an engine like the one in the U-3 would cost $70,000-$80,000 to buy new. Allison engines run on methanol fuel and burn much more than a turbine. The U-3 burns 18 gallons of methanol a minute while the turbine burns 4.3 gallons of kerosene…Continue
Its Thanksgiving at the Museum. Great Food, wonderful friends, fantastic volunteers. . .
and a few amazing boats too!Continue
Added by David D. Williams on November 22, 2016 at 6:38pm — No Comments
Reprinted from The Seattle Times, August 5, 2016
Sketched Aug. 3, 2016
The thunderous hydros are meant to be watched as they glide over Lake Washington during Seafair. But, for a quieter experience, you may want to see them up close at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent.
The exhibit grew from a private…Continue