SFI has issued a recall notice for Ruian Dragon racing safety harnesses. Stop using immediately. See recall letter in A.P.B.A. section.
All photos courtesy of our good friend, Phil Kunz.
Everybody ready to roll
Gordon Jayne brings out the Chesapeake Lady J-12
Last minute check list on the White Lightning
How does Kunz get an all female crew?
Nice to see the Hire Voltage back on the water
Looks like a beautiful day and good water conditions to prep the boats for summer fun.
Lauterbach & Wickens’ hulls shine bright.
S-12 & N-116
White Lightning CE-52
Very rare Cunningham hull beautifully restored by John Jenkins.
Fools Gold S-12 We need to see more pics like this of the next generation handling the old boats.
Helter Skelter & Barracuda
Sir Ron III, E-4
Something Special J-322
Heavy Duty & Barracuda
The new Safety Inspector Test is posted. Become a Safety Inspector today.
Same place as pic below – the Western high rise of the original Mercer Island floating bridge. I found a little “niche” just off the walkway/bike lane, and armed once again with my trusty Argus C-3, I shot this photo or the U-50 Miss Wayne. Powered by twin Allisons mounted side by side, it placed fifth in the 1956 Seafair Trophy race. Miss Wayne was built by Dan Arena , from a Saile/Arena design and driven by Frank Saile in its first couple of years. A large boat, it was 33′ 6” in length and had a 12′ 9” beam. The fuel tanks were mounted on the rear deck next to the tail and rear cowling. It was painted bright yellow, with black & white trim.
Hawaii Kai III pilot Jack Regas drove Miss Wayne in the 1957 Mile Trials achieving a 163 mph mark.. Lee Schoenith and Roy Duby both drove Miss Wayne in 1958.
After its racing career it slowly decayed on the the roof of Lumberman’s in Detroit.
Posted on Facebook’s Hydroplane History page by Kirk Pagel
Posted on Facebook’s Hydroplane History page by Mr. Pagel is the U-7 Miss Skyway which was launched with twin side by side 265 cu.in. Corvette motors. They were hooked up to a v-belt driven gear box and it just never worked. Following the 1957 season, owner Lyle Parks swapped out the Corvette motors for an Allison. Lyle Parks is sitting on the starboard side and driver Frank Taylor on the port side. Hull was a short 25′ 9′ in length, with a 11′ 6″ beam.
Mike Martin photo at Tavares Spring 2016
Dear Phil (Kunz),
I am trying to locate (or at least learn the history and fate of) a 225ci hydroplane N-79, “Jezebel” built and raced by my father, Douglass C. Harvey, in the early 1950’s out of Rochester N.Y. I’ve attached 2 pictures of him in the boat, taken around 1958. As I recall, most of his racing was in Irondequoit Bay, Lake Ontario, just East of Rochester. I believe this was his third home-built 225 hydro; I don’t know much about the first two, except that the second one was named Dan’l and (from an old picture of it being built) it looked like a rectangular box with sponsons just attached to the side (probably raced in the 1947-49 timeframe).
I always wanted to drive Jezebel, but as I was only 12 or 13 at the time, Dad wisely put me off. He told me that if I built and learned to drive a smaller hydro, he would reconsider after I turned 16. I built a class B hydro and spent several years running it around a small lake in the Adirondacks. Just before I reached 16, however, he sold Jezebel to someone in Ohio (around 1958). By the time I was interested in trying to locate it, Dad wasn’t able to recall the buyer’s name. All he could tell me was that he received a note from the new owner saying that he had won a race the first year he had the boat.
As I live just North of Detroit, I’ve been to the APBA headquarters and have started looking at the old records. I haven’t been able to determine the purchaser’s name yet. I am hoping that you might recall the boat or have some suggestions on how I can attempt to trace it after Dad sold it.
Thanks for any help you can provide, Bob Harvey, Bingham Farms, MI
Editor’s Note: Mr. Kunz didn’t recall knowing this particular boat from that time period, but he scanned a couple of entry lists from race programs of 1951 & 1952 programs from New Martinsville, WV that showed some boats entered under that boat name to send to Mr. Harvey. I thought the scans were pretty neat to see so I included them as well.
Mr. Kunz is that type of gentleman who will take the time to look for some history for this Mr. Harvey’s father’s hydro.
If you know anything about this boat, please contact Mr. Harvey (by sending him an email).
Neat old school hydro lines on her and also a pretty neat set of cowlings!