Hydro PinUp gals

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.
Bill DeGlopper

Early Air Boats

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

Miss Demeanor E-24

Miss DemeanorYeah, I know it’s not vintage (wink, wink…send me some pics), but I am a HUGE fan of when folks dream up ideas and proceed to built a race hydroplane to see if those ideas will work. This E class hydro was spotted at some west coast races. No word was given to us on who’s design it is or how well it performed. My personal, non-engineer view of it is – not seeing a conventional tunnel (or air trap), but instead relies on “wings” between the sponsons and the boat to attain lift.
Interesting to say the least.

Julie Sparrowgrove send me an email and tells me the neat boat, E-24 Miss Demeanor was built by Jim Hill and is campaigned by Hill Family racing.
Below is nice photo she took at 2015 Manson Hydro Fest.
e-24 photo by Julie SparrowgroveJulie Sparrowgrove’s website.

E-24Neat photo of the boat on Jim Hill’s facebook page.


Footnote: Dan Ellison who designed and built the boat originally sent me some pics of how the boat looked when he finished building it. As you can see, the team that acquired her made quite a few modifications. Dan states he has other plans on the drawing table and states the designs will be fast. Dan can be reached by email.

Restless 32-H

I’m trying to make sense of this “boat for sale” description, no date (sometime after 1956) in documents associated with boats owned by Henry J. Kaiser.
Your site shows Restless II and III, but how does this boat fit in?

Thanks for any help.
Lincoln Cushing
Archivist, Kaiser Permanente Heritage Resources

email address

Just a note for anyone who has a webpage on TVH’s website. I r’cd an email from someone who spotted a person who was incorrectly identified in a photo caption & wanted to correct the names on a historical photo posted on a boat’s webpage. This person tried contacting the person who now owns & restored the boat, by clicking the name of the person on the bottom of his webpage, but the email address is no longer valid. That person then sent me an email and I made the correction on the photo caption. He also had some other tidbits of info he wanted to get to the owner.
Folks – check your email address for accuracy on this website. Not a big deal at all for me to change out an email address on a webpage. I hate to see anybody missing out on making a connection or gaining more insight on your boat’s history, simply because of an old email address that is no longer valid.
Phil Spruit – webmaster

Detroit’s Packard Plant cranked out 70,000 engines during wartime

PT boats! Kittyhawks! Hurricanes with 40mm guns to rip open Nazi tanks! Mosquito bombers! And, of course, the mighty P-51 Mustang! What do all these marvelous manifestations of the Allies’ mechanized might have in common?

Why, they’re all powered by might V12 motors assembled by America’s Master Motor Builder: Packard. The film reel is all about the automaker’s contributions outside the world of luxury automobiles, including motors for flying boats, tanks, zeppelins, speedboats and more. –

Go to Autoweek to read an article and watch a terrific movie