Monthly Meeting of the UNLIMITED NewsJournal/Unlimiteds Unanimous

     Next Meeting: Sunday Sept 10th 2:00 pm

           Bellevue Public Library - Room 4 

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Miss HomeStreet Wins Albert Lee Appliance Cup

The 2017 season kicked off with the MainSource Bank Madison Regatta

Indiana Governor's Cup

2017 Presidents Cup and APBA Gold Cup Weekend - August 25-27


Seattle---Jimmy Shane in the U-1 Miss HomeStreet and Andrew Tate in the U-9 Les Schwab Tires battled side by side through the final lap of a wild Albert Lee Appliance Cup winner-take-all final heat on Lake Washington. Tate, the winner of last year’s Seattle race, managed to pass Shane on the last lap and again in the final stretch, but it turned out to be all for naught. Tate was assessed a one-minute penalty for dislodging a buoy before the start.

     J. Michael Kelly in the U-12 Graham Trucking took second-place honors, Brian Perkins in the U-21 Albert Lee Appliance was third, Tom Thompson in the Miss DiJulio presents J&D’s was fourth, J.W. Myers in OH BOY! Oberto was fifth, Greg Hopp in the U-99.9 KISW Miss Rock powered by CarStar was sixth, and Tate was seventh.

     The world’s fastest boats will next go to Detroit, Michigan, for the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest on August 25 to 27. The H1 Unlimited hydroplanes will compete in two races that weekend: the President’s Cup on Saturday and the APBA Gold Cup on Sunday.

     In addition to the racing, a week-long festival was held beginning June 24. Several events including the annual pageant, fireworks, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and the inaugural Madison Regatta Music and Food Truck Festival were featured.

                  The Unlimited NewsJournal has an in-depth Madison race report in the August issue.

Graham Trucking Wins The HAPO Columbia Cup

                            The Guntersville Lake Hydrofest Test session was held, Saturday June 17.

       Three boats participated in a day long event, the U-1 Miss HomeStreet, U-27 Wiggins Racing, and the vintage Gale V, all were on the water throughout the day. A good size crowd turned out for the event and the session received rave reviews for a crowd mostly new to unlimited hydroplanes.

      The testing session was an opportunity for the H1 Unlimiteds to prepare for the 2017 race season and a chance for further planning and preparations for next years Guntersville Lake H1 unlimited race scheduled for June 22-24, 2018. More information can be found at

                   The NewsJournal has a full report from the Guntersville testing session in the July issue.

A pretty good showing for new owner Rob Graham as his driver,  J. Michael Kelly,  started outside of most of the other competitors on the Columbia River, beat them to the first turn, and ran away to victory in the winner-take-all final heat of the 2017 HAPO Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities, Washington. The U-3 Grigg’s Ace Hardware finished second, the defending champion U-1 Miss HomeStreet was third, and the U-9 Les Schwab Tires was fourth. Finishing in fifth was the U-99.9 CARSTAR powered Miss Rock, with Greg Hopp driving and Tom Thompson in the the U-11 Miss DiJulio presents J&D’s was not able to finish the final heat.
     The Graham Trucking boat was completely rebuilt during the off-season and hadn’t had a chance to make test runs until it appeared in the Tri-Cities for the Columbia Cup. The team had spent much of the weekend sorting out various issues and going back and forth with engines. “It’s pretty cool to win from the outside, especially when we’ve been trying to find speed all week long,” Kelly said. “It’s amazing. I’m so grateful. I’m a lucky guy who gets to go 200 miles per hour on the water.”

 The H1 unlimited season got underway and brought fans to the shores of the Ohio river.

        MainSource Bank, which has branches in both Madison and Hanover, joined Midwest Tube Mills, as sponsors of this year’s event from June 30 - July 2.

      This years MainSource Bank Regatta Indiana Governor's Cup featured four H1 unlimited hydroplanes, the U-1, U-9, U-11, U-27 in a shootout format, non-points exhibition and ten Grand Prix West hydros competing in their first race of the summer.  

     Andrew Tate in the U-9 Auxier Marketing/Les Schwab/RealTrac edged out Jimmy Shane in the hometown Miss HomeStreet Bank for the win under sunny skies on Sunday. Tom Thompson finished third in the U-11 J & D's  Metal Fabrication and JW Myers was fourth in the U-27 Wiggins Racing.

    In Grand Prix Final, Greg Hopp took first in the GP-12, Jerry Hopp GP-15 was second, Jamie Nilsen GP-55 was third, and Rob Hall GP-74 finished fourth.