Vintage hydroplane returned to Seafair Weekend Festival once again in 2014. The exhibition featured the "Blue Blaster" Atlas Van Lines and the 1980 Griffon-Powered Miss Budweiser on display in Stan Sayres Pits. Attendees could also participate in a meet-and-greet autograph session with past drivers.
The Seafair Vintage Exhibition will be back in 2015 Friday, July 31 - Sunday, August 2.
1977 "Blue Blaster" Atlas Van Lines & 1980 Griffon-Powered Miss Budweiser
Hydroplane racing legend Chip Hanauer will drive the newly restored 1977 "Blue Blaster" Atlas Van Lines at Seafair Weekend! Alongside him, keep your eyes peeled for hydroplane driver David Williams in the 1980 Griffon-powered Miss Budweiser.
The Blue Blaster raced from 1977 to 1981 and was the winningest unlimited hydroplane of all time, up until just a few seasons ago when it was passed by the Ellstroms Spirit of Qatar. The Blaster was driven by Bill Muncey, who was the winningest driver of all time until he was passed by Dave Villwock.
Bill was driving the Blaster and leading the Griffon bud in the final heat of World Championship in Acapulco, Mexico in October of 1981 when the boat blew over backwards and Bill was killed. The boat has never run since. The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum has restored the boat from the damage suffered in the accident and will put it back on the water for the very first time since that dark day in 1981. Don't miss this chance to see a piece of history on the water at Seafair Weekend!
About the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is the nation's only public museum dedicated solely to powerboat racing. Formed in 1983, the museum's mission is to preserve and exhibit important artifacts from the sport of hydroplane racing. The museum features an incredible collection of vintage hydroplanes spanning seven decades, including boats that have won 17 Gold Cups.
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is also the nation's primary resource for historical and educational information on hydroplane racing. The museum's extensive collection of books, magazines, race programs, newspaper, photos, trophies, and other memorabilia dates back to the turn of the last century. They 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 there 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, the museum is also a fully equipped boat restoration shop. Over the years, they 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.
The museum is located at 5917 South 196th Street Kent, WA 98032.
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