Miss Nehi

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.

Miss Laval

BateauHello 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.
Guy Lavoie

Gay Zephyr

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 Most is gone now but has progressively been replaced by a thriving tourist industry centred on recreational boating.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.

Rob Cook
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Pan American Regatta

2014_Pan_American_RegattaOur 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.