U-22 Work Continues

Webster Racing continues work on the U-22 Unlimited hydroplane in preparation for racing on the ABRA tour in 2009. Mike Webster has been keeping this driving skills sharp this summer in addition to working on his hydroplane, racing in in the National Modified class as well as hopping in an Unlimited Light hydro on the west coast. Work continues at the Reading, PA team shop making the transition from a piston powered craft to one powered by a turbine driven unlimited.

Mike write this in an email as well as sending along these photos:

Since flipping the boat over late in July we have been finishing the belly pan area and making improvments to the running surfaces. This weekend we started to roll prime the pontoons and belly pan area. The bottom of the boat is going to be white for now.

Festival's uphill climb, new leadership may spur change


One of those nagging questions about what's going on in Evansville is how can they put on hydro races if they sell the docks? Well, there may be a solution according to an Evansville Courier-Press article.

The festival board is selling all of its assets — office furnishings, electrical gear and the docks used for the boat races. If they don't sell, the board plans to auction them. GAGE officials told the board that they cannot buy the festival's assets because of a possible conflict of interest, according to the Aug. 14 festival board minutes. If the assets are auctioned, though, "GAGE could legitimately bid on our assets and pay the festival for them," according to the minutes.

Read more from the Evansville Courier and Press article.