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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.
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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!
Really good write up in WoodenBoat on marine-grade plywood.
Another Vintage Inspector added to the list of APPROVED inspectors on the APBA V&H list. Thank you Vintage Safety Inspectors for stepping up and helping out!
From Rich Evans:
Corbeau has issued a Notice of Recall on their 5 Point Rotary Belt Systems. The 2017_Corbeau_Rotary_Recall_20170524 explains the recall and provides instructions to owners.
Revised list of Approved vintage inspectors added to the APBA V&H Division
Simpson Voyager 2 Recall Notice
Buffalo, NY is home to a group of ladies who provide a unique service at local events. The name of the group is “Pin Ups for a Cause”. The ladies dress up in period costumes and attend a variety of events like boat races, boat shows, motoramas, car shows, etc. They circulate among fans, acting as greeters, handing out programs & thanking people for attending the events. Sometimes they sell fifty-fifty tickets for example. They are flexible in regards to what service they can provide for the events organizers.
These photos were taken at last years Thunder on the Niagara hydroplane race & car show where they were present to circulate among the 100 car vintage car show fans then transitioned to the boat race fans & vintage hydro displays.
The group got its origin from the founder whose grandmother sent letters and photos to her husband while he was overseas in WW II.
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
The last quarter for the year of Monthly calendars are posted.