Miss Wahoo, 1956


U-77 Miss Wahoo (USA)

Owner - William (Bill) Boeing (Seattle)
Designer - Ted Jones
Builder - Les Staudacher
Length - 28ft 6in
Beam - 11ft 6in
Hull - 3 point
Detail - Texaco Star, nose cowl
Weight - 5,200
Colours - mahogany hull & tail
Power - V12 Allison
Driver - Mira Slovak

B/F - 5th

Miss Wahoo, 1956 Seafair Trophy Race
Spectators on Floating Bridge see Mira Slovak in Miss Wahoo head for starting line in 1956 Seafair Trophy Race on Lake Washington.

 Miss Wahoo at Lake Chelan, 1957. Photo by Bob Carver.
Miss Wahoo at Lake Chelan, 1957. Photo by Bob Carver.


Detail - Chevrons on tail fin
Colours - mahogany & red
Driver - Mira Slovak

Winner of Mile High Trophy race

Miss Wahoo, Lake Chelan, 1957
Apple Cup 1957
Miss Wahoo, 1957 [Photo: Kirk Pagel]
Seattle (?), 1957
 Miss Wahoo, U-101, Lake Chelan 1959
Lake Chelan, 1959


U-101 Miss Wahoo

Power - V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Driver -Mira Slovak

B/F - 7th

Wahoo, U-101.5, Seattle 1959
Seattle, 1959

U-101.5 Wahoo

Driver - Mira Slovak

Winner of President's Cup, Lake Mead Cup

Wahoo, Lake Mead 1959
Lake Mead, 1959
 Wahoo, Lake Chelan 1960
Lake Chelan, 1960


Colours - same with big no's & name
Driver - Mira Slovak

B/F - 5th [Lake Chelan]

Boat wrecked at Seattle Seafair Trophy race.

Wahoo after accident at Seattle, 1960
Seattle, 1960 (after wrecking)
Wahoo accident, Seattle 1960 [newspaper]
Seattle, 1960


U-101.5 Miss Exide (2)

Owners - Milo & Glen Stoen (Seattle)
Colours - mahogany hull, red & white at Seattle
Driver - Russ Schleeh

B/F - 3rd

Miss Exide (2), Seattle 1963
Seattle, 1963
U-75 Miss Exide (2)

Driver - Bill Brow

Winner of President's Cup & Madison Cup

 Miss Exide (2), 1964


Colours - mandarin red & aqua blue
Detail - boat with nose cowl
Crew Chief - George McKernan
Driver - Bill Brow

Winner of Diamond Cup race in Idaho

Miss Exide, 1964
 Miss Exide (2), 1965


Colours - mandarin red & white
Detail - slanted '75' no lightning bolt at Diamond Cup, later with lightning bolts on deck at Lake Tahoe, U & no's both slanted
Driver - Bill Brow

Winner of Diamond Cup in Idaho

Placed third at Lake Tahoe.

Miss Exide (2), Lake Tahoe 1965
 Miss Budweiser (03), Tampa 1966
Tampa, 1966


U-12 Miss Budweiser (3)

Owner - Bernie Little (Florida)
Colours - gold, red & white
Crew Chief - George McKernan
Drivers - Bill Brow & Don Wilson

B/F - 2nd

Boat destroyed at Washington D.C. Wilson killed.

Miss Wahoo
Skipping across Lake Washington
"Built in 1956 by Les Staudacher from a Ted Jones design, she flies the burgee of the Seattle Yacht Club. Miss Wahoo ran her first two years with an Allison engine, and then switched to a Rolls Merlin. The mahogany boat with red and white trim is 28 feet long, has an 11-foot beam and weighs 5,200 pounds. In 1957 she won the Mapes Trophy Race at Lake Tahoe. Owner William Boeing, Jr. retired her for the 1958 season. In 1959 her U number was changed from U-77 to U-101."

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

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