Shanty I, 1956


U-29 Shanty I (USA )

Owner - Bill Waggoner (Texas & Ariz.)
Designer - Ted Jones
Builder - Les Staudacher
Length - 28ft 6in
Beam - 11ft 6in
Hull - 3 point
Colours - red, white & gold
Weight - 4,800
Power - V12 Allison
Driver - Col. Russ Schleeh

Winner of Harmsworth Trophy - 93.26 mph at Detroit, Mile High Trophy, Seafair Trophy
Winner of the Nat'l Championship

Shanty I, Seattle 1956

Shanty I, 1957


Detail - tail fin trimmed early season, forward-slanting letters, High Point Badge at Gold Cup (Seattle), dash between U-29
Driver - Russ Schleeh

Boat wrecked at President's Cup race in September 1957

Shanty I U-29 [1956-57]

"Built in 1956 as a running mate for Maverick, the W. T. Waggoner-owned boat won her maiden race, the Mapes Trophy Race on Lake Tahoe. The same year she won the Seafair Trophy Race. She defended the United States title in the Harmsworth Trophy Race, defeating Canada's Miss Supertest. Designed by Ted Jones and built by Les Staudacher, the gold-and-red boat was powered by a G-6 Allison; measured 28 feet in length with an 11-foot beam and weighed 4,800 pounds. In a test run at Washington, D.C., in 1957, she hit a wake and disintegrated."

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

Shanty I & Maverick (1), Lake Tahoe 1957
Shanty I, 1957 after wrecking at Washington DC

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