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The Saga of Ron Jones

posted Fri, 01/20/2017 - 2:07am in Thunderboats Museum Feed

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian

Unlimited hydroplane racing owes a lot to Ron Jones, the Seattle area boat builder, who has revolutionized the sport so dramatically over the years.

A Ron Jones Introduction - A Century of Gold Cup Racing

posted Fri, 01/20/2017 - 2:07am in Thunderboats Museum Feed

The recently published book, A CENTURY OF GOLD CUP RACING by Fred Farley and Ron Harsin, is dedicated to two extraordinary men: Ted Jones and his son Ron Jones, Sr., whose trend-setting designs defined state-of-the-art in Gold Cup racing in the second half of the 20th Century.

Ron was asked to write the introduction to A CENTURY OF GOLD CUP RACING. It contains a moving tribute to his late father. Due to space limitations, Ron's preface had to be shortened for publication. The full unedited introduction to A CENTURY OF GOLD CUP RACING is presented here.

SLIDESHOW: Miss Thriftway cruises through West Seattle

posted Mon, 10/08/2012 - 12:34pm



West Seattle Herald

People at the Fauntleroy ferry dock were treated to a close up view of a genuine hydroplane on Sunday Oct. 7 as the Miss Thriftway, a reproduction of the original 1955 thunderbolt headed back to its home on Vashon Island.

The boat had been at Lake Chelan for the weekend as part of a larger event, the Mahogany and Merlot boat event. Also part of the event were Miss Bardahl, Miss Thriftway, Miss Wahoo & Miss Burien.

Racing: What does the future hold

posted Wed, 08/15/2012 - 2:12pm

Speed, money, politics, powerful people and engines—from its beginning at the turn of the century, powerboat racing has careened on a rollercoaster ride of international prominence. Today, the sport continues under the direction of the Union Internationale Motonautique. From its seat in Monaco, the governing body intends to play a significant role in racing’s future.


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