The Jade Dragon F-888 and Barracuda F-77 setting up for a turn in the backstretch during The Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta over Labor Day weekend.
Spectators watching the boats run probably didn't realize they were viewing a combined 117 years worth of boat racing history ply the waters of the mighty Ohio River with just these 2 boats alone. The Jade Dragon F-888 is a 266 class hull, built in 1965 by Henry & Larry Lauterbach and is now owned by Dan & Debbie Joseph of Wheeling, WV. The original hull was built for Gene Bramlett and that original hull was used by Larry Lauterbach to rebuild this new hull. The Barracuda F-77 is a 225 cubic inch, Division 1 class hull. The boat is the only known survivor of a series of unique boats built by Fred Wickens. He built this one in 1946-1947. This beauty was restored by owner/driver Tim Settle of Brookville, Ohio. This hull raced from 1947-58 and raced in both F and H classes. The first owner was Lou Butler of Zanesville, Ohio (1947-1953) and they set a 10-mile competition speed record set Oct. 3, 1948 at New Martinsville, WV. The next owner was Ray Smith of Eaton, Ohio (Smith's Speed Shop) and he raced her from 1953-1958.
Next summer, try to make an vintage event and see boat racing history --- running on the water and motors roaring out at full song.

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