Miss America IX

First Boat in the World to Exceed 100 MPH
March 20, 1931
102.256 MPH
Indian River, Florida
Visit the website.

Miss DeSoto – 9 hour enduance race – 1959

Phil Kunz and I were discussing the Miss DeSoto boats (pic further down this page) and Phil mentioned he had a crazy photo that he got (from somewhere) showing when one of the iconic Miss Desoto hydros was put to the endurance test by racing in one of the 9 hour endurance races back-in-the-day. Thinking possibly the Miami to Bahamas and back, race?
Note the extra fuel tanks placed in front of the motor and behind the driver. Also looks like the Hemi is running, but with 6 carbs and not the Potvin supercharger it campaigned with for years
Can you imagine driving a hydro for 9 hours in the open water?
If you have any info on this, please chime in…would be great to read some background on this!

1962 Shepherd

found this great pic of the two-seater that got into “some trouble with the law one night” and hit a buoy and sunk. Article below. I remember folks talking about the hydro on our old message board.

Living next door to a gearhead

One of my co-workers told me he snowblowed his driveway before he came in to work today. He was out there at 5 am. I told me his neighbors probably hate him. He agreed.
That reminded me of this movie…and what the neighbors probably think of “that guy in the neighborhood”. You know the guy (probably quite well), he’s got race boats, cars, test firing the motors, etc.”

Directory of Former & Current Vintage Raceboat Members

Well, I don’t get to it and update it often enough (been quite awhile), but I finally updated the Directory of Former & Current Vintage Raceboat Members . We currently have 176 folks who have filled in our online form to be added into our Directory. Many folks have registered their fathers who have past away looking for info on their racing careers. If you can, make their day and send them an email with whatever memories that you can share.
Update 24-Feb-2018:  I am glad I posted something here about our directory. Since this posting – eight more folks have been added bringing the total now to 184. Getting yourself or a loved one into our Directory is easy to do and makes for enjoyable reading. Thanks!

Timossi 1969 Lancia

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A beaut from our Italian hydro brothers…

Racing returns to the Miami Marine Stadium

April will see the Miami Marine Stadium open its doors to powerboat racing action for the first time since its closure in 1992. Click here to read more.

Photo above shows the early construction progress on Miami’s Marine Stadium, site of many of the nation’s top racing events. Seating Capacity is 6,566. Photo from BOAT RACING YEARBOOK 1964

According to APBA Oct 1963 Propeller:  The new stadium will be used for the first time for the APBA sanctioned Orange Bowl Regatta, Dec. 28-30 and Jan. 4.

Largest Wood Structure in the World


Does the guy who built this thing know something we don’t?
Anyways he built the Ark (510′ length x 80′ high, sorry don’t know what that is in cubics) from lumber sourced and treated by Accoya (google it). We made samples for this company years ago and it is impressive how they treat the wood so it won’t rot. I am amazed that more wood boat builders haven’t started using this treated wood. Their claims are: Lasting 50 years above ground, 25 years in ground/freshwater Class 1 durability, surpassing even teak, Virtually rot proof, 70 year minimum service life stated by TRADA

DAYTON, OHIO: RACE TOWN!

Dayton, Ohio: Race Town – new book by our good friend, Phil Kunz.

The Race Boats & Hydroplanes Chapter has over 40 images and covers all the folks who were involved in boat racing in the Dayton area.
The book (134 pages) is produced in cooperation with the Dayton Area of Chamber and is already in its second edition.
The book is 100% made in the USA, is only $29 and the profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Dayton Auto Race Fans – Injured Driver’s Fund.
Click here for more info.

UNLIMITED NewsJournal

The FEBRUARY issue of the UNLIMITED NewsJournal is now online
It may be February, and cold and wet in most places but we have a jam-packed winter issue for fans of the unlimiteds everywhere.

The complicated business of funding a race and the boats by Andy Muntz.
Acting H1 Unlimited Chairman Charlie Grooms brings us up to speed with what’s going on.
The Unlimited Racing Group announces sponsors.
Remembering Keith Jackson.
From the UNJ vault:
Part 2 of “Bill Muncey talks about driving the Miss Thriftway
Owner’s loyalty or driver’s longevity? by Jim Sharkey.
HydroFile Report – Race Team News from Lon Erickson.
Our editor’s view in Andy Muntz’s My $0.02 Worth.

Regatta Race Program Covers – Photo Gallery

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Click on first left-hand image and when that opens, click full screen and sit back and watch over 125 regatta program covers in a slideshow. Also note that you can hover your mouse to the right side and click on the “>” and you can move on to the next program cover.
Note – these pics in the slideshow are only the Program covers taken from our “Official Race Programs” webpage. I didn’t include any pics from newspaper and magazine articles, etc.
I also added about 18 more program covers recently into our database,  with thanks to Tom & Dawn Alligood for scanning /emailing their program covers in.
Keep ’em coming folks. Some of these covers really were somebody’s work of art and I enjoy looking through them. Send in ’em and let’s add them to our database, so everyone can see them.

Miss DeSoto II – driver inquiry


Sally Shaffer writes in and wants to know if anybody knows anything on this boat and her father’s career driving it for Buddy Byers.
Click on Sally’s name to send her an email or reply here.

Note from the Editors:
Al Shaffer is driving Miss DeSoto II, H-34– a Rich Hallett built hull.
The hydro in the background is more than likely – Miss DeSoto III, H-33 – a Henry Lauterbach built hull (and a very early one at that).
Race site is Columbus, Ohio on the Scioto River.
If anyone has a photo of the very first, Miss DeSoto, we certainly would like to see it.

Sonny’s Toy 1978

Sonny’s Toy CE-50            1978 Beauharnais, Quebec Regatta.

Owner/Driver was Brent Nixon of Summerstown, Ontario.
Ron Jones 280 hydroplane
(also featured this pic in February’s monthly calendar)

Black Lake Regatta 2017


2017 Black Lake Regatta
It was David Kancianich’s last official run as the owner/ driver of Annies Dodge H-25. Annie’s Dodge is running with Buccaneer, The Gold Streak and The Agitator. These guys look to be running all out putting on a great show.
Video by: Digital Roostertails by Chris Denslow

WANTED POSTER

Over at Phil Kunz’s website a new WANTED poster is posted.

Monthly Calendars

Happy New Year! 
Monthly calendars
will once again be available for 2018. I only have January’s done for now. If the APBA V&H folks send me a schedule of their 2018 events this year, I will mark those dates on the calendars.

Ken Warby

Ken Warby receives from Dan and Debbie Joseph THE HENRY E. LAUTERBACH EXCELLENCE IN POWER BOAT RACING award last September at the Wheeling Vintage Race Boat Regatta.


Ken Warby has held the World Water Speed record since 1978 when he drove his Spirit of Australia boat to 317 mph. That’s 40 years (in 2018) that he has held that record!

Ken Warby brought the World Record Speed trophy. There is some impressive names etched into that trophy.
So great that everyone got to see this historical trophy.

The Spirit of American Boat Racing – The Jersey Speed Skiff

The Spirit of American Boat Racing – The Jersey Speed Skiff is a story of how the returning veterans of WWII, the every day guy, took the boat racing world by storm and away from the rich and famous that held it for many years. There are many old pictures included in the book from the 1920s thru the late 1980s.
The price is $20.
John D Brighton Sr.
720 D High Point Blvd.
Fort Pierce, Florida 34982

The book is also being distributed through
Jack Lowe (732) 576-5015
#1 Ralph St., Sea Chest Condominium
Highlands, New Jersey 07732

UNLIMITED NewsJournal

The December issue of the UNLIMITED NewsJournal is now online.
The latest issue features our exclusive Season Review – A recap of the H1 racing season, statistical summary, and photos from the events.

THE 2017 SEASON REVIEW: A year of few races, small fields, and close competition by Andy Muntz.

From the UNJ VAULT – An interview with Ole Bardahl – PART TWO
One of the sport’s most successful boat owners talks about the triumphs and tragedies of his Miss Bardahl race team in the 1960s.

HydroFile Report – Race Team News from Lon Erickson

Our editor’s view in Andy Muntz’s My $0.02 Worth

From our team at the UNLIMITED NewsJournal to all our readers, we wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year🎄❄🎉
There is always breaking news on the UNLIMITED NewsJournal website and our facebook page, so check back often.

Press Release: “Simply The Greatest”

For immediate press release:
William Oliver “Wild Bill” Buntin raced the Miss Peg in the 1960’s.  Bill did not own the Miss Peg (she was owned by Lawrence Farris), but all say Bill was the only one who could really drive her.  He raced out of the Region 9.  In Feb 1968 in St. Pete, he set the world record at 92.308 mph at the Southland Regatta.  The same year in June, he won the National Championship at Tonawanda, NY in the 266 Class.  Bill was and is a legend in Region 9. According to Bennie Matthews of Metairie, LA, Bill was “larger than life, the size of a lumberjack, had nerves of steel, and every time out with Bill, there would always be a surprise.

I have just published a book called “Simply The Greatest” which is a biography of his life, and it is chock full of all sorts of stories including a collage of pictures which go all the way back to his young years  through his racing days.

Miss Peg was restored by Jack and Nancy Hines of Dayton, OH, and is a beautiful boat. Cindy Minoletti of the APBA provided to me authentication for the World Record and National Title, which is now on file with the MS Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson, MS.  Bill is now in nomination and I hope one day he will be inducted.  He so richly deserves induction.

Bill died in 1970 at age 30 of a conductive heart defect.

This book had a limited run so get your copy before they are all gone.
Price is $40 delivered.

Contact the author directly:
Jim Farmer
cell 601-357-0020



WANTED POSTER

WINDJAMMER is featured in this month’s WANTED POSTER over at Phil Kunz Photography website.

Chiro and Chiro Too

My name is Jim Jabczenski. I am the son of Mitch (Doc J) Jabczenski. My father and my Grandfather (Mitch Sr.) were Chiropractors in the Detroit area and where very active with the program in the  late 1940s, up to 1963. They had 3 boats that they campaigned through those years.
I did see a picture of the first boat and I know they burned it in a field because it was so heavy and not competitive, so they purchased the next 2 boats:
F-89 Chiro and driven by Bud James (Bud was my Dad’s Mechanic). Bud James was been mentioned in your Phil Kunz’s book for breaking the 100mph in -F-89 and is the person in the photo being lifted from the crane (F-89).
F-93 Chiro Too was purchased from his friend Bill Muncey (F-222)

If anyone has any other photos or other info to share, please do not hesitate to contact me.   Jim Jabczenski


 



RC – Stingray

I’ve attached a picture of an RC boat that was sold years ago by Enforcer boats. According to them, it was “scaled after a 2.5 Pinto powered 18’ hydroplane.” I have 2 of these.
Does anyone recognize this hull? I’m trying to get some documentation on it to start a new racing class.
Thank you for your time, I really enjoy your site!
George McDonnell