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.