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Marcus Howell with Captain of the Miss Thriftway Unlimited Hydroplane, Lake Coeur d'Alene, COOL RIDES CAR SHOW.com

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The pic above, and the one below, is Marcus Howell, teenage photographer, standing with the Captain of the Miss THRIFTWAY at Lake Coeur d'Alene. Marcus was privileged to meet with the drivers and photograph three Unlimited Hydroplanes that came to town to do some experimental runs on the huge lake just to the east of Spokane.

Marcus Howell with the Captain of the Miss Thriftway, Lake coeur d'Alene, COOL RIDES CAR SHOW.com

 

THE Miss Thriftway pictured here is an unlimited hydroplane, one of a species of high powered racing machines powered by huge engines, that once thundered across the surface of Lake Coeur d'Alene Idaho at incredible speeds with a hundred foot or longer 'rooster tail' of prop wash water flying high into the sky behind her!

Other more modern boats, no matter how 'fast' they are, can't even remotely keep up with these racing beauties from the 1960's!

With the involvement of many people in North Idaho, work is under way to restore such classic machines to racing in the lakes of the Northwest for a summer racing circuit! I can't wait to see it happen!

Miss WAHOO unlimited hydroplane, Lake Coeur d'Alene, COOL RIDES CAR SHOW.com

This is the Miss Wahoo, being lifted back to her trailer, after a high speed run across the lake. She's fast and she is beautiful, and you haven't lived till you've heard her thunder as she glides across the waves!

Jet Boat racing at Morton's Slough, COOL RIDES CAR SHOW.com

WE will also be featuring SPRINT RACING BOATS like the one above, fishing boats, sailboats, classic antique wooden boats, and tons more! And not just boats...if it has anything to do with water, you might find it here! Thanks for looking! Please put us on your FAVORITES list.

Please enjoy our pics, and check back often, as this site will be growing larger in the months ahead!!!!!

Thanks for visiting.

.......PLEASE BE PATIENT AS WE FINISH THESE SITES!

We have thousands of pictures to add in the coming months!

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TRIVIA: Did you know these hydroplanes were powered by the largest GM (You know, like Chevrolet!) engines ever made? AND that the engines were originally built to power airplanes! Of course the early boat guys figured if they could move a prop through air and push a propeller plane near to the speed of sound, then they ought to spin a prop in water just as quickly!

The ALLISON V12 engines from General Motors came out of the box at a whopping 1710 cubic inches! And a base power rating of roughly 1,000 Horsepower!

But even in those days, 'stock' engines, even mega monsters like these were just not powerful enough! The hydroplane boys wanted to go ever faster, so they stayed up late at night and brainstormed and tuned these big brutes to a mind boggling 4,000 HP!

If you have ever heard one in person, you know the 'feel' of 4,000 HP when it comes near you...and the sight of a plume of water, the "rooster tail", as it flies in a monster waterfall behind the boats is one of the most beautiful sights you are ever likely to see on a lake!

Absolutely incredible!