Photo of Ernie in TOMAHAWK with son and daughter, Dennis and Charlene.
Dennis Baxter is looking for his father’s old hydroplane from Canada.
This and other boats people are looking for — in TVH “Where are They Now? section.
A unique hull is this month’s WANTED POSTER over at Phil Kunz’s website.
Jim Retif’s Miss Nehi (1952 High Point champion) in the 135 cu. in. class. The driver is Bobby Bourcq. The news photographer Bobby is holding on to is unknown. Phil Kunz obtained the photo from Ennie Argence’s scrapbook. Ennie was the National Champion and kilo straight-a-way record holder in the 266 cu. in. class hydro Gun Shy in 1960.
A really neat story posted in the Hydro Racing story section on Les Brown and his Long Gone hydros from crew member, Ray Jackson.
Ray sends in these photos and he has been trying to estimate the age of this 9′ step hydroplane.
If any one has any ideas on this, please contact Ray Robbins @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Vintage Hydroplanes website,
I just came across your site as I was looking up information on older hydroplanes. My father (Réal Lavoie) had one for a couple of years and my sister in law just scanned this old pic of him with his boat, dating from 1968. We lived in Laval, QC, Canada and we would go the various regattas in the province (Valleyfield, St Felicien, Bauharnois, Pointe aux Trembles, etc).
The fashionable thing at the time was to name your boat “Miss (city name)” so ours was the Miss Laval, #41 with a Chevy 280 cu in engine, so he raced in the 280 class. I was 10 years old at the time but I have many memories of that boat and the races. There was a driver with the family name “Leboeuf” that would often win at that time… Just seeing your site brings back many more!
This is the only photo I have at this time.
We are the new owners of HEBE, purchased at the BJ Auction in Scottsdale, AZ.
We are ACBS members and plan on running the boat and showing it.
We live in Oakhurst, CA, near Bass Lake.
Dick and Sandy Wendt
The 2015 APBA Schedule of Events has been posted. Also minutes from the National Meeting are posted in the APBA V&H section.
Kevin Braun added 10 more photos to his father’s photo album on the website.
I am part of a small maritime museum down here in Paynesville , Victoria, Australia who are working to record the local maritime heritage before it is all lost. The story is long and interesting as the Gippsland Lakes were well serviced, pre-railways, with a fleet of small ships and steamers and had a flourishing fishing industry – almost all of the ships and boats being of wood construction. Most is gone now but has progressively been replaced by a thriving tourist industry centred on recreational boating.
The purpose of contacting you is that we have acquired the “frames” used a station moulds by a local boatbuilder in constructing a high performance racing runabout for a customer and in the process of finding more we have tracked down the now 96 year old owner who provided the attached photos. He said it was a USA design from the E-Class but could not remember anything further.
If anyone can you shed any light on the ‘E-Class Runabout” from around 1953 and/or point us in the best direction please?
The boatbuilder concerned is a focal point of our museum display as we have his workbench, some tools and his drawing board and equipment so it would be nice to wrap it all together with the E-Class story.
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Our good friend, Jay Marshall found this picture in his closet of an old boat race to be held on Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, LA. The date is in the early 1960s. The upper right picture is his uncle in his Colcock 48. Under him is Johnnie Landaiche in the 3-time National Champion 150 Wickens hull, “Belle.” Under him is the original 225 Siracusa “Country Boy.” It is a Wickens hull, and was replaced by the Lauterbach hull.
They are back for 2015. Please note – as soon as I get the 2015 APBA V&H Event Calendar from the APBA VH folks, I will add the dates to these monthly calendars.