Ron Jones, Sr. passing

From David Williams, The Hydroplane & Race Boat Museum on Facebook this morning:
It is with great sadness that I have to share the news that Hall of Fame boat builder and designer Ron Jones Sr. passed away this morning. Please keep Ron and his family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Plans for a memorial will be announced soon.

Ron made available to us some of his vintage hydro plans on this website and he sent us some neat photos to show the boats to go along with that endeavor. Here’s the link. If you want to look at the photos of some of the boats he designed / built, when you get to his webpage of boat plans, click on the boat names to see some of his photos he sent in.
A true gentleman and master designer and builder…the sport will miss him dearly.

1998 Antique Race Boat Regatta at Clayton, New York

1998 Antique Race Boat Regatta is held at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York. The event is held every 2 years.
Please excuse my poor use of a borrowed camcorder.
Also, I always like to watch YouTube videos on YouTube. After you click on the “play” button, click their icon on the right hand corner – which will take you to YouTube. Then when you get there, hover your mouse over the 3 icons on the bottom right-hand corner until you see “Theatre mode”, then click on that.
You can also watch them in “full screen” but these camcorder videos usually look really bad in full screen mode.
Have fun!

2017 Monthly Calendars

Welcome 2017.  The 2017 monthly calendars are, once again, posted. Well, I have only done January. If you have a neat vintage-related photo and would like to see it featured, please email it to me. If no pics come in, I will rely on ‘borrowing pics’ from Facebook as well as other sources. When the 2017 Vintage Events Schedule becomes available (hopefully someone at the APBA V&H will email that to me), I will add the event dates to the monthly calendars. I hope everyone has a great 2017!


Hey Folks – I r’cd the following below from Chris who just acquired this beautiful hydro. It is always great to read about another hydro that survived just enough to be restored. Interesting that it appears to have water-cooled headers running on-board. Perhaps a cool lake racer in it’s last version, but what was it before that?
If anybody can help Chris out with history, please post here or click on Chris’s name below and send him an email.

Hello, Vintage Hydroplanes
My name is Chris Sztuke and I have recently purchased the hydroplane called Black Magic. My plans are to restore the boat, however I know very little about the boat. The lady I purchased the boat from new very little about it as her husband passed away and the paper work and any information on the boat was lost in a fire. I would be very interested in any information I could get to help in the restoration and to understand the history of the boat.
I am located in Southern Ontario near Belleville.  I know the boat has been in this area for the last 25 years.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Chris Sztuke

Editor notation: History found – Ross McCracken and Bob Abbott both responded that this is the former Miss Maple Leaf II.
Bill Ireland was former owner / driver.