Thumbnail of Dora My Sweetie (3711 bytes)Dora My Sweetie U-14 [1954-56]

"Dora My Sweetie was built in 1954 by Les Staudacher for Horace Dodge, auto magnate. She is a 32-foot-long step hydroplane powered by an Allison engine. She is now retired. Her sister ship, My Sweetie (U-3) won eleven straight races in 1949-a feat unequalled by any other hydroplane."

(Reprinted from This is Hydroplaning by Paul Lowney [1959])

[Note: the statement about My Sweetie winning eleven straight races is not supported by the historical record even if you include free-for-alls and exhibitions. -LF]

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