Gold Cup trivia

Started 100 years ago when Bernard Smith, driver of Miss Minneapolis, won the race and the right to have his named etched on the Gold Cup in 1916.
The rest of the other driver names etched in it (plus some other info) can be read at Wiki.

Gar Wood Quote

…..someone told Gar Wood that his boats were not gentleman runabouts to which he replied, “No gentleman would ever ride in one of those boats”.

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

2017 Monthly Calendars

Welcome 2017.  The 2017 monthly calendars are, once again, posted. Well, I have posted January & February. If you have a neat vintage-related photo and would like to see it featured, please email it to me. If no pics come in, I will rely on ‘borrowing pics’ from Facebook as well as other sources. When the 2017 Vintage Events Schedule becomes available (hopefully someone at the APBA V&H will email that to me), I will add the event dates to the monthly calendars. I hope everyone has a great 2017!


Hey Folks – I r’cd the following below from Chris who just acquired this beautiful hydro. It is always great to read about another hydro that survived just enough to be restored. Interesting that it appears to have water-cooled headers running on-board. Perhaps a cool lake racer in it’s last version, but what was it before that?
If anybody can help Chris out with history, please post here or click on Chris’s name below and send him an email.

Hello, Vintage Hydroplanes
My name is Chris Sztuke and I have recently purchased the hydroplane called Black Magic. My plans are to restore the boat, however I know very little about the boat. The lady I purchased the boat from new very little about it as her husband passed away and the paper work and any information on the boat was lost in a fire. I would be very interested in any information I could get to help in the restoration and to understand the history of the boat.
I am located in Southern Ontario near Belleville.  I know the boat has been in this area for the last 25 years.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Chris Sztuke

Editor notation: History found – Ross McCracken and Bob Abbott both responded that this is the former Miss Maple Leaf II.
Bill Ireland was former owner / driver.

Looking for 95-S

leroy, sandy, ted – talking-things-over-at Paulsbo-1960

Hello, I’m trying to find an S class boat or anything on it, that my dad raced and owned in Seattle from 1958-1960.
Ford Flathead V8. His name is Ted Van Decar. Here’s a few pics, not the greatest but all I have.
Thank you
Callaway Van Decar