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William Oliver “Wild Bill” Buntin raced the Miss Peg in the 1960’s. Bill did not own the Miss Peg (she was owned by Lawrence Farris), but all say Bill was the only one who could really drive her. He raced out of the Region 9. In Feb 1968 in St. Pete, he set the world record at 92.308 mph at the Southland Regatta. The same year in June, he won the National Championship at Tonawanda, NY in the 266 Class. Bill was and is a legend in Region 9. According to Bennie Matthews of Metairie, LA, Bill was “larger than life, the size of a lumberjack, had nerves of steel, and every time out with Bill, there would always be a surprise.
I have just published a book called “Simply The Greatest” which is a biography of his life, and it is chock full of all sorts of stories including a collage of pictures which go all the way back to his young years through his racing days.
Miss Peg was restored by Jack and Nancy Hines of Dayton, OH, and is a beautiful boat. Cindy Minoletti of the APBA provided to me authentication for the World Record and National Title, which is now on file with the MS Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson, MS. Bill is now in nomination and I hope one day he will be inducted. He so richly deserves induction.
Bill died in 1970 at age 30 of a conductive heart defect.
This book had a limited run so get your copy before they are all gone.
Price is $60 delivered.
Contact the author directly: Jim Farmer
My name is Jim Jabczenski. I am the son of Mitch (Doc J) Jabczenski. My father and my Grandfather (Mitch Sr.) were Chiropractors in the Detroit area and where very active with the program in the late 1940s, up to 1963. They had 3 boats that they campaigned through those years.
I did see a picture of the first boat and I know they burned it in a field because it was so heavy and not competitive, so they purchased the next 2 boats: F-89 Chiro and driven by Bud James (Bud was my Dad’s Mechanic). Bud James was been mentioned in your Phil Kunz’s book for breaking the 100mph in -F-89 and is the person in the photo being lifted from the crane (F-89). F-93 Chiro Too was purchased from his friend Bill Muncey (F-222)
If anyone has any other photos or other info to share, please do not hesitate to contact me. Jim Jabczenski
I’ve attached a picture of an RC boat that was sold years ago by Enforcer boats. According to them, it was “scaled after a 2.5 Pinto powered 18’ hydroplane.” I have 2 of these.
Does anyone recognize this hull? I’m trying to get some documentation on it to start a new racing class.
Thank you for your time, I really enjoy your site! George McDonnell
In case anyone hasn’t heard or read, Bill Pearson was tragically killed running his Edelweiss GP-444 last weekend at Rideau Ferry vintage event. Bill was from Minnesota.
Bill had Larry Lauterbach build him the Edelweiss hull a few years back. Click on the Edelweiss name above to see pics as the hull was being built.
The opening pic on the website was taken in 1975 of Bill by Phil Kunz.
Bill also owned 2 different Walter Milosovich built hulls that he campaigned for many years under the name – Bull Of The Woods.
These 2 pics (above and the opening pic) are from photos of the vintage hydros and flatbottoms taken and posted by Ross McCracken on the Vintage Hydroplanes – Skiffs & Outboards – Canada’s Facebook page. The photos are from the 79th running of the Valleyfield Regatta this last weekend. Ross posted he will be posting more as the week progresses. Very cool and worth checking out!