VIDEO: Seattle Times takes on Seafair

This video from Seattle Seafair was posted on Youtube today...

VIDEO: Seattle Times

Boeing Replica Hydroplane Giveaway

If you can get yourself to the Everett (WA) AquaSox minor league baseball game on Saturday, August 30th, you can score a Boeing replica hydroplane!

Saturday, August 30th 7:05 pm - AquaSox vs. Salem- Keizer Volcanoes

Boeing Replica Hydroplane Giveaway (first 1,000 kids), US Bank Appreciation Night

ABRA: San Diego can expect 11 unlimited entries

ABRA news release affirms what reported last week...

A fleet of 11 boats are expected to be in the pits for the San Diego Bayfair powered by the Union Tribune ABRA unlimited hydroplane race September 19, 20 and 21.

The 11 boats in San Diego will be the largest fleet to race on the national circuit outside the northwest region of the United States.

"We are excited that San Diego has been able to put together the sponsorship and planning to have our teams ready for this event," said ABRA Chairman Sam Cole. "San Diego is a very important site on our national circuit and the planning and work by Thunderboats Unlimited of San Diego has been outstanding.

"Race Marketing Partners (working with Thunderboats Unlimited) found a perfect match of sponsors with The San Diego Union Tribune and their other major corporate partner The Boeing Company."

San Diego has been host to Unlimited Hydroplane Racing since 1964 and the 2 ½ mile Mission Bay race course is the fastest course on the circuit. Both Bayfair's Thunderboats Unlimited Club and The San Diego Union Tribune have a long history of community support. This will be the 42nd running of the unlimited race in San Diego. This year's race will take place September 19 thru 21. For ticket and more information or call 206-321-3383.

U-1 Ellstrom's Elam Plus, Driver Dave Villwock, Owner Sven Ellstrom
U-3 Cooper Racing, Driver Jimmy King, Owner Ed Cooper
U-5, Driver Jeff Bernard, Owner The Porter Family
U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto, Driver Steve David, Owner The City of Madison, IN
U-7, Driver Mike Allen, Owner The Porter Family
U-10 Miss Ahern Rentals, Driver David Bryant, Owners Kim and Debbie Gregory
U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit, Driver J. Michael Kelly, Owner Dave Bartush
U-25 Superior Racing, Driver and Owner Dr. Ken Muscatel
U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Driver Jean Theoret, Owners Billy and Jane Schumacher
U-50 Spirit of the NAVY, Driver Brian Perkins, Owner Greg O'Farrell
U-100, Driver Greg Hopp, Owner Fred Leland

GP/UL Gas-carb blower motor project

Here are some updated pictures of what the engines will look like. from Jerry Hopp.

The Chelan Apple Cup

What an eventful week. The 2008 Summer Nationals being awarded to the Seattle Inboard Racing Association’s Chelan race on September 27-28. ULHRA and APBA joining forces for what should become a wild blower boat show.

The Hopp Racing team is now putting in an all out blitz to get Bob Schellhase’s UL/GP-12 returned to running condition for the GP Summer Nationals at Chelan in a month. Bob’s boat was damaged in a blow over accident at Port Angeles last year. We also have started work on the first twin carb gasoline blower motor to be run in an Unlimited Light.

Glen Davis donated a new 6/71 supercharger to the project and Ed’s Automotive the carbs and knowledge. We were trying for a test run at the TIRA race in Spanaway on September 6-7th, but Bob’s boat project is priority 1 right now. We might try for a test run right after the end of the season.

Marty Wolfe and Dennis Johnson have indicated that they will bring the GP-93 Trafficade-Wolfe Racing Special to the GP Summer Nationals at Chelan also. The Chelan event is shaping up to be a noisy fire breathing blower boat affair. The prize money package is in place as well as heat trophies.

Other Boats expected to attend: GP-17 Rick Bridgeman Red Apple, GP-8 Bob Baker Sterling’s Famous Steaks & Seafood, GP-15 Hopp Racing Graham Trucking GT/Happy Go Lucky/PumpTech and other teams are preparing as well.

Jerry Hopp
Hopp Racing Team