Cooper Motorsports going Turbine??

The Go3 Racing Team will compete on the 2009 American Boat Racing Association tour as a Turbine T55 powered Unlimited Hydroplane. Citing the current economic downturn as the major reason for the change, Owner Ed Cooper, Jr. said it was "toughest decision" of his professional racing career. >>
Real story... or April Fool's Joke? You decide...

Webster Racing Update

Work continues on the Webster Racing U-22 Unlimited hydroplane in preparation for the 2009 American Boat Racing Association tour.
Mike Webster writes in an email, "We are working hard here trying to get things done. Progress is good but slow. The final product should be awesome, we are excited."
Mike continues in his email, "The vertical and horizontal wings are painted, wet sanded, and buffed. Two sets were prepared for the season using Matrix single stage paint. Matrix System Automotive Finishes offers their high performance color match paint system that rivals the best in the business."

"Preparation to the boat will start soon with paint to follow. Also shown is the heat deflector for the turbine exhaust. "

Keep checking back to for more updates with the new U-22 Unlimited Hydro as the 2009 season draws closer. Check out the Webster Racing Website by clicking here.

Dorothy Oberto is a key link in Seattle's thriving sausage company

Dorothy's space is chock full of trophies and a big model of the company's pride and joy: the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison. Walls throughout the building are filled with art Dorothy thought would cheer the place up. The big atrium waterfall with hydroplanes splicing the falls? That was Dorothy.

Dorothy Oberto is a key link in Seattle's thriving sausage company >>

"Roar of the Hydros"

Unlimited Hydroplane author Stephen Garey has written another book about the big boats. "Roar of the Hydros" takes a look at the first 100 years of the sport and the personalties that have taken the sport to where it is today. Many pictures and wonderful stories of Bill Muncey, Wild Bill Cantrell, Danny Foster, Chip Hanauer and other hydro greats from the first century of racing. 2008 National Champion driver Steve David writes the foreward. A must for any hydro collector and followers of the sport's rich history.

To order send $24.95 + $3.00 for shipping to: Stephen Garey, P.O. Box 989, Mt. Clemens, MI 48046.

Seafair trims budget by 10%

This summer’s lineup will still include the Blue Angels, hydroplanes and Torchlight Parade, organizers of Seattle’s signature celebration say.
Seafair trims budget by 10% >>
Puget Sound Business Journal

VIDEO: J. Michael Kelly racing in New Zealand

Shockwave Racing Open House

2818-D Black Lake BlvdTumwater, WA 98512 ~ April 4th @ 10am
Big Brothers Big Sisters from 11am until 2pm
Engine Fire @ 12:30pm

Come by for a tour of the shop and an opportunity to talk boat racing with the G/GP-17 team. >>

HARM Museum Safety Seminar webcast

The Museum hosted Safety Seminar on 3-28 @ 10:00am to 4:00 PM PST will be webcast on the ULHRA website. Archives: >>

Unlimited Lights on TV March 28, 30

The ULHRA, Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association, returns to national television as part of the “Lucas Oil...On the Edge” series on SPEED. The inaugural Pepsi Racing Power Cup Challenge Presented by River City Racin’ from Chamberlain-Oacoma, South Dakota, will be featured within season five of the series. The episode is scheduled to air on the following dates:

- Saturday, March 28, 2009, 7:00 pm ET (Original)
- Monday, March 30, 2009, 4:30 pm ET (Repeat)

Note: Dates and times listed above are subject to change at any time by SPEED In conjunction with the ULHRA and River City Racin’, Pepsi Racing, the South Dakota Office of Tourism and Graham Trucking helped bring the first time event to television.

“Lucas Oil...On the Edge”, a twenty-six week television series that travels deep inside the true grassroots struggle for racing superiority, is hosted by Ken Stout. The voice of the ULHRA, John Lynch, will provide analysis.


VIDEO: Hydro broadcaster Bill O'Mara dies

Broadcast pioneer Bill O'Mara loved sports of every stripe, but nothing beat the thrill of hydroplane racing, an event that helped him make a name as a top sportscaster in the region.
Bill O'Mara, 92, noted hydro sportscaster >>


Will Bluebird be allowed to fly again?

Donald Campbell died trying to set a world record on Coniston in 1967. Now the man who salvaged his sunken hydroplane wants to put it through its paces once more.

Will Bluebird be allowed to fly again? >>

More San Diego rumblings...

Bay Fair will go on as scheduled next September, but possibly without the Unlimited Hydroplanes. The event and the Unlimited Hydroplane sanctioning body could be at an impasse when it comes to terms.

Bill Center in the San Diego Union-Tribune
Original Article >>

VIDEO: G-boats in Polson, Montana 2008

Found on youtube: Heat race between the G17, G329 and G13 in Polson, Montana, 2008.

Webster Racing Update--March

March 12 update from Mike Webster:

"The U-22 team is getting closer to painting the top side of the hull. Pictures below show the oiling systems for the gearbox being fitted and primer going on the rear fairings. Painting will start when the weather breaks with high quality Matrix System Automotive Finishes paint."

Bill Muncey's stepson making his mark in off-road racing

Bill Muncey's stepson, Roger Norman, is back in the news, going for his third straight desert win in off-road racing.

Winning combo to be making tracks >>

San Diego Race in trouble again?

Another reason why Muscatel's group is so determined to save Thunder (Evansville
race) is because San Diego Bayfair, which traditionally runs in September, may not return this season.

Thunder on the Ohio has believers >>

Sons of hydro racer have 32 NASCAR wims

The short track in South Boston, Va., has long been a breeding ground for NASCAR talent, none more so than the two sons of former hydroplane and sports-car racer John Burton.

Busches are good, but not yet best band of brothers >>

Who owns the Tempo VII?

The largest Guy Lombardo artifact, his championship-winning speedboat, may once again be on public display in London. Then again, maybe not. With even the most basic matter — who owns the Tempo VII? — cloudy, city staff have been asked to study the possibility of putting the hydroplane speedboat on permanent display at the London Convention Centre.

Who owns the Tempo VII? >>

"Twittering" on

We want to applaud ABRA for adding Twitter updates to the website. It's a fast, easy way to stay up-to-date with what's happening with Unlimited Hydroplanes. You can sign up here or just log on to Live Blog and look for the Twitter updates to the right.... >>>