Tempest (1), 1956

1956

U-4 Tempest (1) (USA)

Owner - Norm Christiansen (Seattle)
Designer / Builder - Norm Christiansen
Length - 27ft 4in
Beam - 11ft 10in
Hull - 3 point
Colours - mahogany, light green cowl & tail
Power - V12 Allison 
Weight - 4,500
Driver - Bill Tonkin

B/F - 9th

 
See also Fred Farley's essay Tempest Remembered

Tempest (1), 1956 [Photo  Kirk Pagel]
Tempest (1), 1956 [Photo  Kirk Pagel]
Miss Bardahl (1), 1957

57

U-4 Miss Bardahl (1)

Owner - Peter Woeck (Seattle)
Sponsor - Bardahl Oil Co.
Colours - mahogany, green cowl, black & green tail
Driver - Norm Evans 

B/F - 4th

 

U-4 Miss Bardahl (1) [1957]

"The first Miss Bardahl -- now Miss Burien -- ran in her beginning season, 1956, as Tempest. Built in the basement of designer-owner Norm Christiansen of Seattle, the boat measures 27 feet 4 inches, has a 11-foot-10-inch beam and weighs 4,600 pounds. She is powered by an Allison 113 engine. Her colors were mahogany and green with black and white trim. She was sponsored during 1957 by Bardahl Oil Manufacturing Co., and in 1958 was turned over to her crew and renamed Miss Burien.

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

Miss Bardahl (1), 1957
Miss Bardahl (1), 1957 [Photo: Bill Osborne]
Miss Bardahl (1), 1957 [Photo  Kirk Pagel]
Miss Burien (1), 1958

58

U-4 Miss Burien (1)

Detail - small burgee on tip of tail
Colours - white with red cowl
Drivers - Mira Slovak, Dick Short, & Bill Brow

B/F - 7th

Miss Burien (1), 1958
Miss Burien (1)

59

Detail - after Apple Cup, no burgee
Driver - Bill Brow

B/F - 9th

Boat wrecked at Diamond Cup race in Idaho

 

U-4 Miss Burien (1) [1958-1959]

"A smaller boat than most at 27 feet 4 inches, this white-and-red hustler was built in 1956 in the basement of the owner, Norm Christiansen, Seattle. She first ran as Tempest in the 1956 Seafair Trophy Race, then as Miss Bardahl. In 1957 she was turned over to her crew to operate under the sponsorship of Greater Burien, Inc. She weighed 4,600 pounds, had a beam of 11 feet 10 inches and was powered by an Allison engine. During the running of the 1959 Diamond Cup Race on Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, she sank in 110 feet of water."

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

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