It wasn’t even time yet for lunch when the unlimited hydroplanes had finished the day’s racing in Seattle. With racing starting at 10:15, all three of Saturday’s heats were in the books at 11:45. The remainder of the day was set aside for smaller-class race boats and the air show.
Two additional boats made the race during Saturday morning testing. Mike Webster drove his Boitano Homes with a qualifying speed of 133.77 and Dave Warren got a “commissioner’s option” to run the Miss DiJulio.
In the first heat of the day, Jimmy Shane drove the Oberto to the win, followed by Cal Phipps in the Dalton Industries. Our local team, Miss Peters and May driven by Tom Thompson, and Mike Eacrett in the Miss Carstar finished fourth.
The second heat of the day was won by the only remaining WWII piston engine-powered hydroplane, Miss Home Street Bank, with Jimmy King at the wheel. He beat Scott Liddycoat in the Les Schwab/RedDot, who had a close battle with Jesse Robertson in the Graham Trucking II. Brian Perkins jumped the gun with the Albert Lee and ended up fourth.
The final heat of the day was a battle. J. Michael Kelly finally pulled ahead with his Graham Trucking I boat over Jean Theoret in the Elam Plus. Third was Mike Webster and fourth went to Dave Warren.
The unlimited hydroplanes have two more sets of preliminary heats Sunday to determine the line-up for the winner-take-all final at 4:45 p.m.
All the boats raced Saturday and all finished with little, if any, damage. Sunday promises a day of racing excitement. Follow the results here in My Edmonds News.
— By Harry Gatjens