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Posted on youtube: "July 27, 1977, Lake Washington, Seattle, Washington. Sue Williams (Isaacson) sets world record, 163 mph, in Unlimited Hydroplane, KYYX U-96.5." Who knows the story behind this?

4 comments:

Atomic said...

brenda jones in pat o'day's kyyx which I think was the old u-95 turbine from 1973-74. I didn't know that she set a straightaway record.

Seymour said...

I vaguely remember Sue Williams' run. The KYYX boat she drove was the old U-95 turbine repowered with a Rolls-Merlin and owned by Pete LaRock. Brenda Jones drove a different Miss KYYX in 1981-82 owned by Pat O'Day (it was the former Miss Vernors). Brenda never went for the record.

kwillie28 said...

That is my mom. The video was posted by my step father. Both her and my father raced limited hydroplanes in the late 70's, when she was givin the opportunity to drive the record run. She never raced the boat. She held the world record for the faster woman on water until 1981 when Guiness Book removed the gender difference and made the record just the fastest "person" on water. Brenda Jones tried to break the record but was not successful in 1981.

Anonymous said...

From the Seattle Post Intelligencer archives: "Sue Williams, a 28-year-old Boeing worker and a limited boat racer, piloted the U-96 KYYX unlimited to a measured mile clocking of 163.043 miles per hour. Williams, who competes against her husband, Gary, in the 225 cubic inch limited hydro ranks, set the record on her second try early yesterday afternoon.

The mile course went from south to north, starting not far from Seward Park and finishing near the Stan Sayres, pit area unlimited layout’s start-finish line. On her first attempt, Williams was timed at a speed of 130 mph plus — far slower than the 175 m.p.h. time she had hoped to attain. 'This thing doesn’t smooth out until it hits 150,' husband Gary chided, urging Sue to put her foot into it.

She did just that and came in with the record. The previous measured mile record for a woman was 138 m.p.h., set at Lake Havasu, Ariz., in a tunnelboat.