Hydroplane Racing in Seattle

Hydroplane Racing in Seattle

eBook - 2006
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Hydroplane racing burst onto the Seattle scene in 1950, and local sports fans embraced it with a passion that is hard to imagine. Throughout the early 1950s, thousands of fans flocked to Lake Washington to watch classic races between Seattle's Slo-mo-shun boats and a fleet of East Coast challengers. For over 40 years, hydroplane racing was synonymous with summertime in Seattle. During its golden age, when "hydro fever" was at its height, drivers like Bill Muncey, Ron Musson, and Mira Slovak were sports heroes on par with today's Ken Griffey Jr. or Ichiro. Seattle became the "hydro" capital of the nation.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Arcadia Pub., 2006
ISBN: 9780738531182
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (128 pages) : chiefly illustrations

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Sep 07, 2016

VERY GOOD 2006 book celebrating hydroplane racing in Seattle (and the competition with those Detroit boats), particularly the 50's Gold Cup races on Lake Washington, although it covers through the 80's.
As a preteen/teen I used to go down to Lake Washington and stay overnight the day before races with some of my West Seattle buds to get a good seat at the wide open viewing areas.
And like a lot of kids, I built model hydros and towed them behind my bike - lots of fun memories. The book has MANY great photos and details about the boats/drivers and how the boat designs changed over time.


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