Bel Air III

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From New Zealand:
Ben Knight (PG Knight’s son and Peter’s grandson) sends us a few pics of their  restored A class hydro that they finished up on 2 years ago. They have been taking it to a vintage regattas in New Zealand.

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The boat raced at Valleyfield in 1967 then won at Red Bank the following week. PR Knight designed and built the boat. It has a 2.5 Liter Ford motor from a Mk4 Zephyr. We believe it set a UIM world record in 1967.
We are also in the process of restoring The Godfather GP boat also.
Ben Knight

BTW – Beautiful spot for a Vintage Race Boat Regatta…don’t you think?

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New Year, New Look

I saw this new website look and thought this would be a nice one to freshen up our website with.
If you have a REALLY neat photo and think it is “cover material” for The Vintage Hydroplanes (like the old “Photo From A Moment” we used to do a few years back), please email it to me and if I like it, I will place it on the opening page of the website!

Ron Jones, Sr. passing


The memorial service for Ron Jones Sr., will be held from 11am to 4pm on March 4th at the Life Center located at 1717 S Union Ave Tacoma, WA 98405

From David Williams, The Hydroplane & Race Boat Museum on Facebook this morning (1/19/17):
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.

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 old 8mm camcorder videos will look worse in full screen mode.
Have fun!

Gold Cup trivia

Started 100 years ago when Bernard Smith, driver of Miss Minneapolis, won the race and the right to have his named etched on the Gold Cup in 1916.
The rest of the other driver names etched in it (plus some other info) can be read at Wiki.

Gar Wood Quote

…..someone told Gar Wood that his boats were not gentleman runabouts to which he replied, “No gentleman would ever ride in one of those boats”.

Early Air Boats

Interesting boats and hull designs to say the least…
The Author of the article states, “Information on the airboats was hard to find, but everything I found indicated they were used solely for racing (at that time in Italy)”.
Some of these early Italian design hulls (due to the sponsons) could have been adapted for hydroplane water screw driven….no?

Idroscivolanti and the Raid Pavia-Venezia

2017 Monthly Calendars

Welcome 2017.  The 2017 monthly calendars are, once again, posted. Well, I have posted January & February. 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!