Miss Spokane, 1958 preseason
1958 pre-season

1958

U-25 Miss Spokane ( USA )

Owners - Citizens of Spokane (Spokane, Wa.)
Designer - Ted Jones
Builder - Les Staudacher
Length - 28ft 6in
Beam - 11ft 6in
Hull - 3 point
Detail - nose cowl, YC emblem on boat at Chelan, Wa., striped tail at Diamond Cup (Idaho), free-form tail fin after Gold Cup at Seattle [striped tail destroyed in Heat 1-C in collision with Gale V]
Colours - mahogany deck & tail
Weight - 6,200
Power - V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Driver - Dallas Sartz
B/F - 3rd

Miss Spokane, 1958 Apple Cup
1958 Apple Cup
Miss Spokane, 1958 Diamond Cup
1958 Diamond Cup
Miss Spokane, late 1958
late 1958
Miss Spokane, 1958 Lake Mead [Photo  Kirk Pagel]
1958 Lake Mead

Miss Spokane, 1959 Diamond cup, Norm Evans about to be pitched out
1959 Diamond Cup
(Norm Evans being tossed)

59

Detail - hull sides painted after Diamond Cup race
Drivers - Dalla Sartz, Norm Evans & Chuck Hickling
B/F - 4th

Miss Spokane, 1959 Seattle
1959 Seattle

Miss Spokane, 1960
1960

60

Detail - Mobil horse on tail, mid-season
Colours - lilac & lavender
Driver - Rex Manchester
B/F - 2nd

61

Detail - no Mobil horse on tail
Driver - Rex Manchester
B/F - 2nd
Boat sank at Pyramid Lake

63

U-25 Miss Eagle Electric (1)

Owner - Bob Gilliam - leased to Dave Heerensperger
Colours - lavender & lilac lull was rebuilt
Driver - Rex Manchester
B/F - 3rd

Miss Eagle Electric (1), Seattle 1964
1964 Seattle

64

Colours - white hull with lavender trim
Driver - Norm Evans
B/F - 4th

Miss Eagle Electric, 1964
1964
Miss Eagle Electric (1), Seattle 1964 [Photo: Greg Calkins]
1964 Seattle

Miss Lapeer (1), 1965
1965 Seattle

65

U-9 Miss Lapeer (1)

Owner - Jim Herrington (Lapeer, MI)
Detail - blue free-form tail fin with white trim
'Gentlemen Jim' on the tail
Colours - dark blue & white with red trim
Drivers - Norm Evans & Warner Gardner
Best finish - 11th

Miss Lapeer (1), 1965
1965

Miss Lapeer (1), 1966
1966

66

Detail - straight tail fin painted blue
Driver - Warner Gardner

Winner of the Sacramento Cup race

67

Detail - 'Trade Mark' on tail fin
Driver - Warner Gardner 
B/F - 2nd

 

1970's

Owner - Jim Herrington

 

1980's

Owner - ? (Spokane, Wa.)

   

Boat was started to be rebuilt

"Miss Spokane was built as a spare hull for Shanty I and Miss Wahoo. She was purchased in 1958 by Miss Spokane Hydroplane, Inc., of Spokane, Wash., and was sponsored through civic contributions. The mahogany-and-lilac boat is 29 feet long, has an 11-foot-9-inch beam, weighs 5,300 pounds and is powered by a Rolls Merlin engine. She was designed by Ted Jones and built by Les Staudacher."

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

External links:
The Legend of the Lilac Lady on the H.A.R.M. website [link to article not active --ed]

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