We are thrilled to announce our Spring Memorabilia auction! With Covid and everything thing that came with it, we have been through a rough couple of years. But we’re about to get back out there on the water! We are auctioning off some cool memorabilia to help raise money to cover our expenses. We are planning to run at least four and maybe even five times this summer and nothing about these boats is cheap! If you think that it costs a lot to fill up your car with regular gas, imagine filling up an 80 gallon hydro tank with 114 octane racing fuel!
The auction will open at 8am Monday May 23rd and will close at 8pm on Monday May 30th. Please review the items and bid generously. Every dollar helps.
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is also the nation's primary resource for historical and educational information on hydroplane racing. Our extensive collection of books, magazines, race programs, newspaper, photos, trophies, and other memorabilia dates back to the turn of the last century. We have over 200 hours of rare, vintage racing films transferred to videotape, covering hydroplane racing for the 1940s to the present.
The stories of famous drivers are here as well. Legendary Bill Muncey, Ron Musson, Mira Slovak, "Wild" Bill Cantrell and other past drivers are featured, plus information on many of the top modern drivers, including Chip Hanauer.
In addition to great archives on the the history of hydroplanes, our museum is also a fully equipped boat restoration shop. Over the years, we have restored seven of the most famous Gold Cup and Harmsworth winners to full running condition. They include the Miss America VIII (1929 and '31 Harmsworth winner); Slo-mo-shun IV (1950, '52, and '53 Gold Cup winner); Slo-mo-shun V (1951 and '54 Gold Cup winner); Hawaii Kai III replica (1958 Gold Cup winner); Miss Thriftway (1961 and '62 Gold Cup winner); the legendary "Green Dragon" Miss Bardahl and the 1967 Miss Budweiser. Most important, these great hulls have been restored by Museum members, people like you who loved the boats and simply could not see them fade away.
David D. Williams Executive Director