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Hydro Footage

posted Mon, 01/23/2012 - 5:40am in Thunderboats Museum Feed
Found some footage from 1964 on an episode of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" on HULU.com. The episode is titled "Time Bomb" and the racing scenes start around the 30 min. mark. Some of the hydros are Miss Exide, Mariner Too, The 4-seat Tempo, 1964 Miss Budweiser, Savair's Mist and the Miss Madison. The episode is stupid but the racing footage is pretty good. Take a look.

MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP EQUALS FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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

This newly-revised Museum web site kicked off on October 19h 2010. We are now up to 423 "members", from all over the U.S. and even International. It is an amazing "blog", with lots of photos, videos, and hydro racing history. It also provides  the ability to follow all of the Museum restoration progress. But it is important to point out that the 423 are members of the "blog" and not literally members of the Museum itself. Museum membership indicates financial support, which helps us pay the bills and keeps us afloat.

Vintage Hydroplane return to Seafair!

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

Vintage hydroplane racing returns this summer - experience the roar and thunder the way it used to be! Boats like the Miss Bardhal, Miss Wahoo, Oh Boy! Oberto, and Miss Thriftway will be making a come back this summer thanks in part to the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent, WA. The vintage boats will also be on display in Stan Sayres Pits and a meet and greet autograph session with past drivers will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

2011 Hydroplane Racing Schedule

Miss Chrysler Crew

posted Mon, 01/23/2012 - 5:40am in Thunderboats Museum Feed
As a professional film camera man for motorsports during the sixties and seventies I was privileged to be close to the action. In 1967 I was in San Diego filming the Chrysler Crew as it was firing up. The ringing scream of those two Keith Black Marine engines was ear splitting. As it pulled away the noise was positively shattering! I haven't seen any other comments on the sound of this machine but from dragsters to Indianapolis or Nascar, Nothing came close.

Mercury Racing Blog: Team Mercury - Part 2: Reggie Fountain

posted Sun, 01/22/2012 - 6:47pm
“That boat was a rocket sled!” said Reggie Fountain about his first boat with Team Mercury.

Reggie began racing in 1954. He was 14. He started in B class hydros and runabouts. When I asked about engines, “I’ve always used nothing but Mercury’s….My first race engine was a Super 10 Hurricane with Quincy straight pipes. They were very loud. The hydro ran 60-70 mph which was pretty fast back then,” said Reggie.

Mercury Racing Blog: Team Mercury – Part 1: Bill Seebold

posted Sun, 01/15/2012 - 7:25am
A recent discovery of classic photos of the Team Mercury outboard tunnel boat race team rekindled my curiosity of the outboard factory war era when Mercury and OMC (Outboard Marine Corporation – parent company of the Johnson and Evinrude brands at the time) battled for bragging rights (and sales) across the globe.

I thought it would be interesting to interview the team drivers to hear first hand what it was like racing for Team Mercury.

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