Monday, June 15, 2009

Memories - make your own wooden hydroplane!

This just in from the McLendon's store flier:
Saturday, June 20th from 10am to 12pm
Mini-Wooden Hydroplane Building Workshop
Do you remember the days of building a wooden hydroplane to pull behind your bike? In honor of every Seattleite who has this memory, Seafair is partnering with McLendon Hardware to re-energize this longstanding tradition.

Take part in McLendon Hardware Mini Hydroplane building workshop on June 20 at the McLendon Hardware Renton location (440 Rainier Ave. S, Renton, WA 98057), from 10 AM to 12 Noon, and get an extra discount on supplies and tips from our special guest instructor... Hydroplane Racing legend, Chip Hanauer!

Visit any McLendon Hardware store in the Puget Sound region with your Mini-Wooden Hydroplane building instructions and receive a discount on your supplies. The Renton McLendon Hardware (440 Rainier Ave. S, Renton, WA 98057) will also feature pre-cut wooden hydro kit materials.

That's not all...

Once you build your wooden hydro, take a picture with your boat and submit it on by July 10 to be one of 60 kids (ages 8-18) selected to ride their bicycles in the Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade on July 25. Ten of those lucky riders will also win a new bike from the Seafair Clowns!

Sweepstakes runs from June 17 - July 10.

Video of Miss Budweiser Unlimited '96 Driven by Chip Hanauer, second most successful Unlimited Hydroplane racer in history. Video by DanJab


SteveO said...

The video you included features the hair-pin turn on the Detroit River's Hydroplane course. I was there, but I was on the other side of the river.

Your Renton Business Advisor said...


When we did that in my old neighborhood the engine was in the front, there was a fin on the back, and we penciled "Miss Bardahl" on the sides :-)

She still lives on Google, btw.

Thanks to McLendons for the great memory reminder!

Feathered Nest said...

What a great memory. Back when I was growing up in South Renton we would build wooden hydro's and pull them behind our bikes and through the puddles. We looked forward to SeaFair every summer...and still do. My dad was the manager of the meat department at Associated Grocer's for years so my favorite hydro was Miss Thriftway with the late great driver Bill Muncey.

One of my good high school friends is married to Billy Shumaker...long time hydro driver. It's so much fun to go to their house and watch all the old videos and see all of his trophies! They currently run the Miss Beacon Plumbing boat.

Feathered Nest said...

Oops....I misspelled Billy's last's Schumacher. Driver for years of the classic Miss Bardahl.


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