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Vale John Skube aged 94

John Skube for many years was involved in unlimited Hydros.

He died at Yakima on 21 December just a few days short of his 95th birthday.

A couple of years ago he dictated his hydroplane memories  

 to his daughter, Jane, my wife.

I have posted them here for all to reflect of his involvement in those early days.. .


By John F. Skubé…


Added by Max Lamb on December 27, 2013 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Hallowed Hydros

The roars and risks, the heroes and heat of the race - a band of fans would revive the thrill of it all

By Richard Seven

Reprinted from Pacific Northwest magazine, July 22, 2001

Dust smothers the ankle-high black racing boots Bill Muncey used to wear.

In fact, the museum itself is off to the side in a South Park industrial complex of connecting warehouses full of airplane parts and electrical supplies. Even the sport, for…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on December 19, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

The History of Hydroplanes and Folsom Lake

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

Unlimited hydroplane racing returned to Folsom Lake this May 31 - June 2 2013 as part of “Big Wake Weekend” at Granite Bay in Sacramento, California. The world’s largest and fastest racing boats last appeared on Folsom Lake in 1966 and 1967. The event was known as the Sacramento Cup in those days.

The fleet of boats that showed up for those early Folsom Lake races had almost nothing in common with their modern…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on December 19, 2013 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

Remembering Danny Foster

Unlimited hydroplane racing has lost another of its all-time greats. ”The Old Pro” Danny Foster of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, passed away on November 2, 2013. He was 95.

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

A two-time Gold Cup winner, Foster was to the 1940s and ’50s what Bill Muncey was to the 1960s and…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on November 25, 2013 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Leonard Harry Ellis, Jr.

What is your favorite memory of Leonard Ellis?

Added by Jim Mesick on November 13, 2013 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Learn the secrets of Layout and Patternmaking

Learn the secrets of Layout and Patternmaking from professional patternmaker and veteran vintage racer Rob Wheeler!

Here is a unique opportunity to learn an important skill from a professional and give the Museum a hand at the same time! The Museum is…


Added by David D. Williams on September 24, 2013 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Australian legend & champion race boat driver, Joe Cooper was inducted into the Australian APBA hall of fame at a well attended reception held at the Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne Australia. …

Australian legend & champion race boat driver, Joe Cooper was inducted into the Australian APBA hall of fame at a well attended reception held at the Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne Australia. A great night for all, with a lot of old mates catching up over a few beers a great meal and sharing a few stories with us all. A well deserved inductee to the hall of fame as Joe has been involved with boat racing for decades. As a previous owner of one of the worlds most famous hydroplanes,…


Added by Glenn Wilson on August 27, 2013 at 4:02am — No Comments

Quaint articles

I came across the attached articles in a book entitled "Tales & Talks about Children" published by Blackie and Son, Ltd, London (1923).

You may find it amusing, or at least quaint.

Attributes the invention of the hydroplane to "Rev. C.M. Ramus, vicar of Playden, near Rye."



Added by Art Harding on August 19, 2013 at 1:25pm — No Comments

At Hydroplane Museum, Vintage Boats Tell Tales of Sport's Heyday

By Gary Crawford

Reprinted from http://www.kplu.org

In the years before the Mariners, the Sonics, the Seahawks and the Sounders came to the Pacific Northwest, there was just one big time spectator sport in the region. And it came every summer to the shores of Lake Washington.

For generations of us…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on August 7, 2013 at 8:43am — No Comments

Seafair - Damned if they do and damned if they do....

I just logged on to the museum website just to see how many members had something to say about last weekend's event. I have thus far seen no criticism or whining about anything. I suspect all of you have some opinion about what might reasonably be considered one of the least attended and most criticized events ever. Your restraint, at least on this forum is pretty classy. forgive my poor spelling and punctuation, but my broken fingrs from falling off the truck on Thursday have yet to heal or…


Added by Phil Lampman on August 5, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Seven Who Shaped Seafair

By Danny O'Neil

Reprinted from The Seattle Times, August 8, 1999

What Ted Jones lacked in formal education, he compensated for with an unwavering belief he could build the world's fastest boat.

He showed his son, Ron, the blueprints.

"If something happens to me," he told Ron, "this can take care of the family."

Instead, the boat took care of a whole city.

Anchor Jensen built the Slo-mo-shun IV, and Stan Sayres owned it. But Jones designed it…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on August 1, 2013 at 6:08pm — No Comments

The Champion Fog Cutter of the World

By Georg N. Meyers

Reprinted from The Seattle Times, August 6, 1973

It was the greatest unlimited-hydroplane race nobody ever saw.

If it had been a baseball game, you would have gone home with a raincheck.

It looked like a scene from a Hitchcock movie — eerie shapes snorting out of a drifting fog.

A visitor from another planet,…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on July 29, 2013 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Unlimited Hydroplane Racing - Tri-Cities Style

By Fred Farley - H1 Unlimited Historian

For 47 years, the Tri-Cities of Eastern Washington have played host to "Water Racing's Greatest Show," the Unlimited hydroplanes--the Thunderboats of the racing world.

Since 1966, the mighty Unlimiteds have occupied center stage as the headline event for the annual Tri-City Water Follies celebration. The race was called the Atomic Cup in the early days but was renamed the Columbia Cup in 1976. It is now the Atomic Cup again as a…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on July 24, 2013 at 3:58pm — No Comments

First Unlimited Hydroplane Race at Tri-Cities

On July 24, 1966, the first Unlimited Hydroplane Race occurs on the Columbia River at the Tri-Cities. Bill Brow in the Miss Budweiser wins the race. On this warm and windy day, Miss Budweiser wins both of her qualifying heats and qualifies for the final race. At four o'clock this afternoon, Miss Budweiser rips through the water and beats out her competition with an average speed of 92.402 miles per hour.

Crowds Line the Columbia



Added by Hydroplane Museum on July 15, 2013 at 8:37pm — No Comments

Show your hydro spirit!

The fourth of July is just a few weeks away, here is a great way to wave the flag and show some hydro spirit at the same time!
This year our Picture Tack celebrates Bill Muncey's bright red white and blue Miss US. Our photo tack is a…

Added by David D. Williams on June 13, 2013 at 12:46pm — No Comments

1/4 Scale Turbine Powered RC Hydro!

Was in St. Louis on Monday and Tuesday and found a 1/4 scale Turbine powered RC replica of the Winston Eagle.  All scratch built, it was perfection in every detail.  Check it out:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/marktwainhobby/sets/72157632235691425/

Working on trying to get it for the museum.  Cross your fingers!

Added by Jay Fiske on June 13, 2013 at 9:16am — No Comments

Latest Blue Blaster Pics

If you have not been to the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum lately, then you've missed out on all of the progress made on our 1977 Atlas Van Lines restoration project. Here are the latest shop photos of the Blue Blaster looking, well, white.…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on June 10, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Miss Athletic Round Table

I have seen a picture of the 1958 Miss Round Table on the Unlimiteds Detroit web site. They know nothing of a Byron Lang the photographer. It was just added in April. Does this boat have a history? What were the colors?

It is my understanding that the only appearance of the Miss Athletic Round Table was made at the 1958 Diamond Cup in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Miss Athletic Round…


Added by Hydroplane Museum on June 3, 2013 at 8:26am — No Comments

16th Annual Gala On Sale

Tickets to the Museum event of the year - the 16th Annual Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum Gala & Auction, are now on sale at the Museum Store.

Come and celebrate all things hydroplane, and help us raise money this year to…

Added by Hydroplane Museum on May 28, 2013 at 7:01pm — No Comments



June 15th, 2013 from Noon - 3:00pm

Hydroplane Racing In Seattle

Stop by and say "hi" to David.

Added by Jim Mesick on May 24, 2013 at 10:14am — No Comments

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