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6 comments:

ykiki5 said...

Wasn't Bill Schumacher looking to restore the old ValueMart/Weisfields/Olympia Beer boat that he once drove?

danny2326 said...

I believe Billy Schumacher won the national high points drivers championship.I don't remember the year,though

Lon E said...

That is the hull that Billy S. drove for owner/Les Rosenberg as the '74 ValuMart, Weisfields, Olympia Beer. This is a picture of the hull as it is presently painted, with "Miller Machine & Welding/Aluminum Stainless Steel" sponsorship colors, sitting in front of the U-37 Beacon Plumbing shop in Seattle. Billy acquired this hull, as is, from Dave Bartush's collection several years ago, with hopes of restoring the boat to the colors of when he drove it as the '75 Weisfields, when he was the National Driving Champion. The boat was recently in storage inside the U-37 shop, protected from the weather. With the Beacon Plumbing sponsorship gone & U-37 team up for sale, who knows what the status is of the hull for the future.

Toonces said...

Might be an opportunity for David Williams and the museum to have another restored hull other than a Budweiser on display. I'd love to see the Weisfields restored. Speaking of the too many Buds in the museum, why wasn't the 73 Bud hull restored as the '71-'72 Pride of Pay-n-Pak? I am so tired of seeing Budweiser hulls in that museum.

Lon E said...

Having the museum restore the hull that Billy S. owns is definitely a possibility, as he and Jane are members and big supporters of the H.A.R.M. It would be a great asset to the museum but it would also be a fairly large project as the hull needs a lot of work. The sponsons are in pretty bad shape and probably inside the hull is unseen damage that would need to be cut away and replaced. With regards to the '73 Bud, that hull is owned by Eric Mann & Unlimited Excitement LLC and they would be the ones responsible for deciding on what "colors" that boat will wear when restored fully. It was acquired with the Australian VS222 Miss Bud colors that it most recently ran under (see the the link to Unlimited Excitement on the HARM links page for more info.) You have to remember that the HARM doesn't solely make the decisions on the boats restored and displayed there. The museum don't own all the boats. Some boats the museum owns and have responsibility for the restoration/display and some are "on loan" from the owners for restoration/display purposes. The museum has more boats, in various conditions, than what they can display at any given time. The museum is supported by hard working volunteers, various types of memberships, $$$ donations, and various benefactors. All these factors weigh into the decisions as to the boats in the museum. Right now, the current project under way is the replica of the 1957 Miss Wahoo. If you aren't already a member, I would encourage you all to join and support the museum in any way you can....

Toonces said...

Thank you for explaining the museum restorations and on loan exhibits. I was unaware. I was under the impression that all boats were property of the HARM. I am looking forward to the Wahoo restoration project. I wish they could get the Bob Gilliam Fascination/Pizza Pete/Valu Mart etc. hull back to Seattle. Last I heard, they have it in Detroit. It really should be here, in his home town.