Helter Skelter in West Virginia

Margaret Myers driving Phil Kunz’s Helter Skelter 280 cu in class hydroplane in Wheeling, West Virginia over Labor Day Weekend.

Madison Vintage Thunder

PRESS RELEASE – Upcoming Sports Event

Announcing the second annual “Madison Vintage Thunder” – hydroplanes in Madison, Indiana.

A group of Vintage Hydroplane owners formed a club called “5ToThe5” that will put on the second annual “Madison Vintage Thunder”.  Come to see these refurbished hydroplanes that raced over the years and are now on the water again with the roar of the engines, and water “roostertails” flying high in the air.

With support of the Madison community, the group obtained the A.P.B.A. sanctioning necessary to sponsor vintage hydroplanes on the Ohio River. The event sponsors are expecting between 40 to 50 hydroplanes to provide spectators with hours of hydroplane action on the water.  There will be Unlimited hydroplanes, and several classes of vintage limited raceboats on display and providing action on the water.

Additionally, on the shore there will be a vintage car show, including a Corvette club.  On Saturday evening there will be live bands performing music on the riverfront.  Food vendors and activities for the kids will be on hand for a complete “Family Oriented Event”.

Honored at this event:
The late Graham Heath, former owner of the Miss Kentuckiana Paving hydroplane.  Graham Heath was also the lead mechanic on the very first Miss Madison hydroplane back in the 1960’s.

The late “Wild” Bill Cantrell will be honored as the former Gold Cup winning driver of the My Sweetie and driver of the Miss Kentuckiana Paving.  Bill Cantrell also was an Indianapolis 500 auto driver and his “Indy” car will be on display on the riverfront.

Ken Warby, the “Fastest Man on Water”. In 1978, Ken Warby set the World’s Speed Record on water with a speed of 317.58 MPH.  Madison Mayor Damon Welch will be giving the “Key to the City” to Ken Warby as this will be the last event Mr. Warby will be driving.  Ken plans on retiring from raceboat driving this event in Madison.  Ken’s future plans are to go to Australia to assist his son, David, who is building a hydroplane currently in an attempt to beat the worlds speed record on water currently held by his father.

Everyone is invited to Madison, Indiana on both Saturday and Sunday, September 23th and 24th.
Admission is FREE TO THE PUBLIC – (donations will be accepted).
For additional information: http://www.5tothe5.com or
https://www.facebook.com/5tothe5vintagehydros/ or by calling

Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta

Margaret Myers catching some serious air in Phil Kunz’s Helter Skelter  Sunday afternoon at Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta.
Photo by Keith Koether.

Bill Pearson

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.

Celina, Ohio 1966

New Martinsville, WV 1969
Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis, MN 1978        (2nd Milosovich hull)
BULL OF THE WOODS  Minneapolis, MN 2004 at the North West Power Boat Association’s reunion event at Bob Leckner’s shop                       photo by phil spruit


RIP Bill Pearson

Regatta Program Covers

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.

Wayne Thompson

2017 Vintage – Regates de Valleyfield

Vintage – Régates de Valleyfield

Le temps gris vous rend nostalgique ? Voici un autre souvenir des Régates, cette fois avec ces belles d'autrefois, les embarcations vintage.

Posted by Régates de Valleyfield on Monday, July 24, 2017

79th Valleyfield Regatta

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!


The July issue of the UNLIMITED NewsJournal is now online

https://www. unlimitednewsjournal.net/ current-issue.html

July Edition of the NewsJournal Is Jam Packed

  1. Start with our exclusive in-depth reports from the Guntersville Testing session and the Tri-Cities session
  2. Chairman’s Comments from H1’s Doug Bernstein
  3. Remembering Chuck Lyford and Jim Hendrick
  4. 2017 H1 Boat Roster – What & Who’s Running and Who’s Not
  5. Watching the Hydros On the Radio by Lon Erickson
  6. Branding Done Right by Chris Tracy
  7. HydroFile by Lon Erickson

The pre-season testing sessions are wrapped up and the Madison Regatta is in the books now. We have a quick recap and will feature an in-depth race report from Madison in the next issue.

Later this month brings the start of competition towards the National Points Title race. See you at the races in the Tri-Cities and the HAPO Columbia Cup!

Whippet Class (from the 1930s)

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
Fast On Water 2017
Circuit Powerboat History Website. Leading website for circuit power boat racing. Covering drivers, boat builders, top events, clubs. Fast On Water is a not for profit organization set up to preserve the history of powerboat racing.

Above two photos copyrighted by Time and Tide Boats Ltd.

APBA Safety Inspector

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!

Who Cares A-104

John Behrens checked in with us. He is the owner of Who Cares A-104.
He still has the Who Cares A-104 boat. It is in storage in my barn in the loft. I have a Ford Flathead V-8 60hp engine for it now. I hope to do some more restoration on the boat in the near future.

Folks is this a very early Rich Hallett built hydro?

Dayton Test & Tune 2017

Thanks to Phil Kunz for the cover photo (posted a couple of weeks ago) and this one above. Nice to see a west coast boat move east this time.
Congrat’s to the new owner of this vintage beauty!



We have a slew of new photographs added the SKIP A-61 boat page.

May and June Calendars

May and June Monthly 2017 Calendars are posted. Pics for both months from our good friend, Phil Kunz.

No Vintage Regatta events are listed on these monthly calendars (no vintage schedule given to me). Check the APBA website.

UNJ – Slo-mo-shun IV & V

The Unlimited News Journal has 2 great articles in their special Slo-Mo-Shun issue.

First is a very interesting first hand interview with Don Ibsen. In part one this month he talks about his role as a Slo-mo crew member from the glory years of Slo-mo IV & V.

Secondly, UNJ chronicles the Slo-mo boats from their inception to the end.
The latest issue of the UNLIMITED NewsJournal is online here.


Click photo below to read more details on the WANTED poster at Phil Kunz Photography website.