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U-60 Miss Thriftway (2) ( USA )

Owner Assoc. Grocers Inc. Willard Rhodes (Seattle) .
Designer Builder Ted Jones
Length 31 ft [or 31 ft 6 in]
Beam 12 ft 6 in
Hull 3 Pointer
Colours White Tail Stripes, Script 'Miss'
Power V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Weight 6,000 [or 6500]
Crew Chief Jack Ramsay
Driver Bill Muncey

Won the 1958 Detroit Memorial

Boat destroyed with Coast Guard cutter at Seattle

"The second Miss Thriftway was designed and built by Ted Jones and was 31 feet in length, had a 12-1/2 foot beam and weighed 6,500 pounds. Built as a replacement for the first Miss Thriftway, she won the 1958 Detroit Memorial Race. In the 1958 Gold Cup Race she rammed a Coast Guard utility boat and was demolished. She was owned by the Thriftway Stores of Washington State, represented by Willard Rhodes, president. Her colors were white with orange stripes, and she was powered by a Rolls Merlin engine."

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


Thumbnail of Miss Thriftway (II) [2] (8031 bytes) Miss Thriftway speeds through a turn in an exhibition run on the Willamette River near Portland, Oregon.
Thumbnail of Miss Thriftway (II) [1] (12703 bytes) Miss Thriftway, charging for the first turn in a 1958 Gold Cup heat on Lake Washington, lost her rudder, veered off course and torpedoed a Coast Guard utility boat. Driver Bill Muncey (circle) and two Coast Guardsmen were injured. Both boats sank in seconds after this picture was taken.

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