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UIM Class 1 Superlicenses

posted Tue, 01/31/2012 - 9:55am in Official APBA Communications

The opening round of the 2012 Class 1 World Championship
series will take place in Doha-Qatar on 15/17 March 2012.

Please note that any application for superlicence must be
lodged within 4 weeks prior to the first event a driver wants to participate

For the opening round, the deadline date for submitting is
16th February 2012, after that date it is not guaranteed the issue
on time for the first race.

Slo-Mo-Shun V - magazine promotion for Mobiloil 1955

posted Mon, 01/23/2012 - 5:40am in Thunderboats Museum Feed

Hi. Just found this promotion for Mobiloil in a technical magazine in Sweden in 1955. This is nice showing that the unlimited hydroplanes were famous in Sweden even though we didn´t have unlimited in Sweden. Since I have been furtunate to meet Ron Jones Jr last year at the Hydroplane Museeum this is special to me.... Hope to be back soon...

So What About The Next Generation, and the one after and....

posted Mon, 01/23/2012 - 5:40am in Thunderboats Museum Feed

I had a bit of an awakening this morning. Two of them actually. the first was the early (0530) arrival of a young man, 17 years of age, that I've taken under my wing during some difficult times. Divorce, problems with relationships, court orders, etc... I've known him since he came home next door a few days after his birth. His dad rolled him over in a stroller and introduced us. He and I have been close ever since... Including the current period as I help him work through family issues and some other difficulties that i'm sure some of us have gone through. He is a great kid.

Let's Support Dave Villwock and our Sport -Vote! PLEASE

posted Mon, 01/23/2012 - 5:40am in Thunderboats Museum Feed

Although mentioned already on the home page under "Insider News" I think it might be worth reminding all of you to take the time to vote in the annual SSC awards, not only to recognize "our"  Dave Villwock - and by association his team -  for his achievements, but to further increase visibility and awareness of our favorite sport.

I realize we've become a "stick and ball" kinda' town, but let's do all we can to support Dave and our sport. Let's tell the committee that Unlimited Hydroplanes are still an important part of this community and Dave represents it well.

ANother Great Doha Party!

posted Mon, 01/23/2012 - 5:40am in Thunderboats Museum Feed

Over 80 hydro fans showed up at the Hydroplane Museum last night to watch H1 Unlimited’s live stream of the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship. The crowd enjoyed a festive party atmosphere and some great racing.

TV Coverage on Vs Channel.

posted Mon, 01/23/2012 - 5:40am in Thunderboats Museum Feed


I've caught the last two broadcasts (delayed and condensed) on Versus of the ANG H1 series. I have to say I think it's a pretty good start to bring the sport back into the public eye. I kind of like the up-close and personal approach, allowing the viewer to become acquainted with the drivers and the crews while condensing the heats into something that makes the sport more interesting to the casual viewer than it might otherwise be.


A Rewarding Race in Detroit

posted Mon, 01/23/2012 - 5:40am in Thunderboats Museum Feed

For unlimited hydro racing it was a remarkably uneventful event. Nobody got killed and the boats, most of them powered by aircraft engines, flew so low that Bill Sterett won with his Chryslers.

By Kim Chapin
Reprinted from Sports Illustrated, July 10, 1967


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