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Steve David checks in to give us a first-hand account of the time the Miss T-Plus ran aground at Firebird in 1995.


Steve - thanks for stopping by!

4 comments:

Bub said...

Attention hydro nuts. Can anyone give me information on a hydro that ran in San Diego in 1987? It was a conventional (rear cockpit) boat, shovel nose, painted white with yellow striping and a single vertical stabilizer. I've looked all over and haven't found any information on it. If my memory serves it seems it was built in the owners garage and he had to race it then because of the pending ban on open cockpits.

Scott Przybylski said...

I'm guessing you're thinking of the U-80 Miss Bahia (Local Sponsor) that won San Diego in 1987.I think they made it a rear engine and stuck a full wing on it, but it was still a shovel nose. I found a pic here.
http://www.unlimitedsdetroit.com/images/LarryWilson/LW_U80_Chrome1.jpg

Bub said...

Thanks for the input but thats not the boat I'm referring to.
The Miss Bahia won in '86 and competed in '87 but is not the boat. The one I'm interested in looked like it dropped right out of the late 1950's and could have been the only time it raced. It was not in the printed racing program Thanks, Bub

HydroInsider said...

I got an email from Skip that may shed some light on this:

I believe the boat in question was the U-15 Pepsi America's Choice.

The following is from Fred Farley's "The Unlimiteds - 1987 in Review":

'The PEPSI AMERICA'S CHOICE team of Ed Cooper, Sr. and Jr., fielded the most consistent entry on the 1987 tour. Drivers Mitch Evans and Jack Schafer, Jr., finished a total of 20 out of 21 heats entered. They took an overall third-place at Miami with Schafer and a fourth at San Diego with Evans. This was with the 1978 Chuck Hickling/TEMPUS hull, the last Unlimited hydroplane to seat its driver behind--not ahead of--the engine well.'