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.
With thanks to David Guetzlaff, 16 more Regatta Program covers have been added to our place on the website that has all the “OFFICIAL RACE PROGRAMS, plus other publications, news reports & articles” in our database. Stop in, click on some covers and reminisce when you have time.
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!
Editor’s note: I received this email and pics from Roy Cooper. If someone has any knowledge, please respond here or let Roy know.
I was wondering if anyone might know anything about a British hydroplane class dating from the 1930s known as Whippet Class racing. Please see pic of magazine article from that period.
Also, an engine known as the Whippet from the same period (please see other two pics courtesy of Time and Tide Boats). We have been offered to purchase the Whippet engine but have little idea of its rarity or value.
Any assistance you can give on this would be much appreciated.
Kind regards, Roy Cooper
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