Ed Cooper Jr. and Tom Sawyer have each played a major role in the 30 successful years of the Thunder on the Ohio hydroplane races.

"Ed Cooper Jr. is never shy about voicing his opinion, whether it bucks the tide of conventional wisdom or not. Although his U-3 Master Tire has been nicknamed "The Turbinator," Cooper insists he's not a traditionalist.As the lone owner of a piston-powered unlimited hydroplane in a turbine-dominated field, the retired North Posey Junior High School geography teacher puts the thunder in Thunder on the Ohio out of economic necessity."