is with great sadness that we share the news that Hall of Fame
boat builder and designer Ron Jones Sr. passed away Thursday January 19th.
A true innovator in the sport, the Jones family is synonymous with hydroplane racing. A gentleman through and through, Ron Jones Sr. will be missed but his legacy will live on.
Plans for a memorial will be announced at a later date.
The Annual H1 Unlimited Meetings and Champions Gala were held
at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront Hotel Jan 14th.
Jimmy Shane, U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank Take Top Honors at H1 Gala
SEATTLE–With Emcee Brad Luce hosting the show, a crowd of more than 170
drivers, owners, officials and fans celebrated the sport of unlimited
hydroplane Saturday night at the annual 2016 H1 Unlimited Champions Gala in the Marriott Waterfront Ballroom.
2016 H1 Unlimited Champions Gala Awards
Sponsor of the Year: HomeStreet Bank
Outstanding Contribution Award: Ted Grange
Montgomery Excellence in Media Award: Mark Brudenell, Detroit Free Press
Vic Nelawake Award: Niles Mayfield
Chairman’s Award: Ken Muscatel
Chairman’s Award: Bruce Madej
Chairman’s Award: Fred Farley
Unsung Hero Award: H1 Rescue Team
Rookie of the Year: Andrew Tate
Official of the Year: Justin Weymouth
Race Site of the Year: Tri-City Water Follies
Crew Chief of the Year: Dan Hoover
Owner of the Year: Scott & Shannon Raney
Crew of the Year: U-1 HomeStreet Bank
3rd Place – Season High Points Driver/Team: Andrew Tate/ U-9 Racing
2nd Place – Season High Points Driver/Team: J. Michael Kelly/ U-5 Graham Trucking
National Champion Driver/Team: Jimmy Shane/U-1 HomeStreet Bank
The UNLIMITED NewsJournal will have a in-depth report on the meetings and more news
from the weekend in an upcoming report here. ____________________________________________________________________________
The Latest Chairman's Corner reflecting on this past weekend H1 Unlimited Meetings and Champions Gala
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the H1 Unlimited
Annual Meeting and Gala, which was held January 13 and 14 at the
beautiful Seattle Marriott Waterfront, which proved to be a great venue.
Although I have attended several prior H1 Unlimited meetings and
banquets, this was the first while serving as Chairman. We had the
privilege of having most of our team owners attend and participate,
together with representatives from our current race sites in Madison,
Tri-Cities, Seattle and Detroit, and from our future sites in Phoenix
and Guntersville, Alabama. more...
In a statement released by the Miss Madison Racing Team, an appeal has been ruled on and the U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank
is the winner of the 2016 Tri-Cities Columbia Cup
Date: January 3, 2017
Subject: Miss Madison Racing Team Statement - Tri-Cities Appeal
Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Fans:
On December 7, 2016, Miss Madison Inc. received notification from APBA
(American Power Boat Association) National Commissioner, Charles D.
Strang, that our August
appeal and request for a review of the final
heat and race results of the 2016 HAPO Columbia Cup
was completed and
that the HomeStreet Bank Unlimited Hydroplane has been declared the
the race. Mr. Strang conducted an exhaustive evaluation of
the final heat, including discussions with
race officials, review of
data presented by Miss Madison Inc. and others, and examination of the
applicable rules. Mr Strang concluded that the final race results
should be corrected to reflect
Jimmy Shane and the HomeStreet Bank
Unlimited Hydroplane as the winner of the 2016 HAPO Columbia Cup.
We are very pleased with this result. Jimmy Shane and Miss HomeStreet
had already won the 2016
H-1 Unlimited National High Points Championship
and this victory adds to the team’s overall
2016 point total.
HomeStreet Bank has recently renewed its sponsorship for 2017 and the
Bank’s CEO and
President Mark K. Mason said, “We look forward to
continuing to take part in this rich racing
tradition for years to
Miss Madison Inc., our HomeStreet Bank partners, and our
driver Jimmy Shane all look forward to
2017 with much excitement and
anticipation. We want to thank all of our unlimited hydroplane
fans for your continued support.
Madison Regatta going back to 2-mile course in 2017
In a move that has brought a lot of feedback, so far of the negative nature, the
Regatta announced that it has opted to return to the smaller 2-mile
race course that was used several years ago. But, in a twist, the course
will no longer go under the Madison-Milton Bridge.
3 reasons cited for the change:
- A smaller footprint is less area to cover and improves ability to service fans.
- The shorter course benefits race teams, improves safety and helps save equipment.
- The smaller course should make for a better show and that is better for the fans.
Starting in 2016, H1 Unlimited connects with our fans and partners in a way we have never attempted: via a FREE
web app that will allow us to supply more information quicker than ever
before directly to your mobile device. We plan on publishing race
results, video links, photos, schedule changes and other timely info
that will impact your enjoyment of our events, involving you more
immediately in the excitement that is H1 Unlimited.
In addition, the app will be EXTREMELY simple to share with friends,
family, co-workers or anyone that you’d like to share your love of with
H1 Unlimited racing with! When you hit the “SHARE”
button, you’ll be able to send the app using any method your mobile
device allows, such as text message, email or even QR code! Make sure
you share the app as much as possible to get everyone involved!
The H1 Mobile app will work on Apple or Android phones and tablets and is
free to download and to use. It will be updated in real time from each
race site so you will have race results within minutes of the end of
each heat. When we get spectacular video from our onboard cameras, we’ll
post clips right away. If our schedule changes, you’ll know it as soon
as we do.
We have the complete story on the H1 Unlimited App in the UNLIMITED NewsJournalAugust 2016 issue >> click here for the issue
The Video Vault is a private Group, on the H.A.R.M. web site, that provides Museum members access to hundreds of hours of hydroplane video footage. Some of the footage is very rare, not seen in public for decades. Here is how you can join!
The 1973 “Winged Wonder” U-25 Pay ‘N Pak is privately owned by Ken Muscatel and beingrestored at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum by Mike Hanson, Jere Heiser and Museum volunteers. The Pak is nearing completion and will be back in 2017! Join the Pay ‘N Pak Booster Club to help the Museum bring the Legacy of Innovation of the Pay ‘N Pak to the fans. More...
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