Auld Acquaintance by Guy Lombardo.
(Garden City, N.Y.:
Doubleday & Co., 1975.)
Out of print. Used copies available through
: Alexander Graham Bell and the Conquest of Solitude
Robert V. Bruce.
(Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1974; Gollancz 1973)
An excellent biography of the complex person who was Alexander Graham
Bell. Features one chapter about his work on hydrofoils. This is reprinted
on this website as Alexander
Graham Bell and the Hydrofoils.
Muncey : Boat Racing Legend
by Stephen A. Garey
©1982 by Steve Garey Unlimited.
Second Printing May, 1991.
Library of Congress No.91-672.
Published by Unlimiteds Detroit
For reprint rights to material from this book please contact the author
"This engrossing book on unlimited racing is entitled "Bill Muncey: Boat
Racing Legend" and is yours for just $10 postpaid. Lots of rare photos and race
statistics. Send check or money order to: Legend Book, PO Box 24764, Detroit MI
48224" Thunder Letter August 16, 1996 (Vol. II no.128)
Bluebird Years: Donald Campbell and the Pursuit of Speed by Arthur
Knowles with Graham Beach
"This all-time bestseller includes
the classic account by Arthur Knowles of the preparations and final,
tragic attempt in 1967 to push the world water-speed record past 300
mph. New material by Graham Beech: the recovery of Bluebird, the funeral
in 2001, and the debate on how best to restore and exhibit Bluebird."
1 85058 766 3
Unlimited by Harold Wilson
The Book of The Racing Campbells by Richard Hough,
Century of Gold Cup Racing by Fred Farley and Ron Harsin
Fashion Publications, Harrisburg PA ©2004)
228 pages; ISBN 1892216523.
"2004 Celebrates 100 years of
racing for the Gold Cup - The Crown Jewel of Hydroplane
Fred Farley, the Official
APBA Hydro-Prop Unlimited Historian, and Ron Harsin, have
written this excellent account of the history of the Gold
Cup which had its start in 1904. In those early days, the
boats ran at the Blistering Speed of 24 mph. Today's
Unlimited Hydroplanes - The Thunderboats - set the Water on
Fire at over 200 mph!
These pages contain over one
hundred black & white photographs, many of which have never
been published. It is also the first known record of the
races to have all the drivers' and owners' name correctly
listed for each race.
After 100 years of racing you
can finally own the definitive book of this truly thrilling,
SIT BACK AND FEEL THE SPRAY!"
Amazon (USA) [24.95 USD],
Amazon (Canada) [$25.49 CDN] ($24.95 list)
Speedboats 1916-1939 by Gerald Guétat with Eric Ledru.
pp. First published in French in 1995. Published 1997 by Bay View Books
Speedboats: The Summitt 1945-1962 by Gerald Guétat.
MBI Publishing Company. First published 2000
ISBN 0-7603-0916-7, 191 pp., Retail price $39.95 USD
[Classic Motorbooks (www.motorbooks.com)]
Clinton Crane's Yachting Memories by Clinton H.
(Van Nostrand 1952)
David Greene's Statistical History of Major League Boat Racing, Vol. 1
by David Greene
(1993, with supplements). Complete statistical coverage of unlimited
events from 1900 through the present. An
incredible resource, this is my primary source for statistics during
this period. Out of print and very difficult to find.
Boats: A Muskoka Legacy by Harold Shield, photography by Bev McMullen
(The Boston Mills Press, 2002)
©2003 ISBN 1-55046-412-4, 155 pp.
Colour and black & white photos.
Famous Speedboats of the World by
|The Guide to High Performance Powerboating :
From Racecourse to High-Speed Pleasure Boating / Joanne A. Fishman with
photographs by Forest Johnson
© 1989 by Joanne A. Fishman
Hearst Marine Books, New York
Harmsworth Trophy: The World's Greatest Motorboat Race, 1903-1961 by
Donald W. Peterson.
High Speed Small Craft by Peter Du Cane.
John De Graff, Inc., 1950).
Features an interesting chapter on Slo-mo-shun IV.
|"Hydro Classics" Coloring Book : featuring unlimited hydroplanes from 1950-1959
"for hydroplane fans of all
by Roger J. Newton
©1989 by Roger J. Newton
Published by Newton Marine, 14518-167th Pl. S.E., Renton WA 98056
I purchased my copy from the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum.
"Hydro Legends is published annually by the Hydroplane and Raceboat
Museum for the benefit of our members, supporters, and for the enjoyment of race fans
everywhere. Hydro Legends also helps fulfill one of our primary missions, which
is to educate the public about the colorful history of boat racing.
"The programs and services of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum are open to all
individuals regardless of race, gender, age or physical abilities."
The Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum is located at:
5917 South 196th Street
[Note: Hydro Legends ceased publication with the 2000 issue. Back issues are still available through the Museum. --LF]
Racing: A Look Back
Who's Who by Lloyd Collins
by Lloyd E. Collins; approximately 42 pp.; text with black & white drawings.
The publication upon which Jim Sharkey's similarly titled book is based;
the latter is updated and considerably expanded.
|Hydro's Who's Who
1946-2000 (with updates for 2001) by Jim Sharkey
This labour of love by Jim
Sharkey is one of the better statistical collections I've yet seen, covering
nearly all the races since 1946, tracking the two hundred or so hulls through their
various names, numbers and drivers. If a boat appeared at a race it likely will be listed
here. I got my copy through the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Seattle. To
those of us with a statistical bent it's worth many times that. Watch for a future edition
with even broader coverage.
Available from the Hydroplane
and Raceboat Museum for $30.
Also available directly from Jim:
6522 E. Camino Vista #3
Anaheim, Calif. 92807
Racing in Seattle by David D. Williams
Arcadia Publishing ©, ISBN 0-7385-3118-9; orders: 1-888-313-2665, 127 pp.
Available from the
Hydroplane and RaceBoat Museum.
Into the Water Barrier
by Donald Campbell
Champions: In Pursuit of Tahoe's Racing Title, 1914-1958 by Carol Van
126 pp., black & white and colour photographs. Published by
Sierra Maritime Publications, ©2002, (916) 583-5091
Into Legend: Donald Campbell and the Complete Story of the World Speed
Records by Steve Holter.
© Steven A. Holter, 2002; ISBN 1-85058-804-X,
£10.95; $25 USD at the
Father Like Son
Hydroplane Heritage by Fred Farley and Ron Harsin
List $34.95 (pbk.); 330 pp.; b&w and colour photos.
"Fred Farley, the Official APBA Hydro-Prop
Unlimited Historian, and Ron Harsin, life long resident of Madison, Indiana,
have written this excellent description of the history of Hydroplane Racing
and the Gold Cup which had its start in 1904. . . . These pages are laced
with over three hundred black & white photographs, more than eighty of which
have never been published. There are also twelve pages of color photographs
. . . A section on the making of the movie Madison is included as it is a
large part of the Gold Cup history."
Facts & Feats & Origins & Development of Motorcraft
Superlatives Book) by Kevin Desmond
& Yachting, V.I The Waterfront Heritage of the Automobile Industry
by Michael M. Dixon
©2005, $49.95, Mervue Publications (www.mervuepublications.com,
234 pages, over 190 illustrations,
Yachting traces the role of steam, other vapor, electric and internal
combustion marine engines in pioneering owner operated, mechanically
powered transportation vehicles. Biographies of six important
motormen from the marine engine era and two chapters about the technological
contributions of early powerboat racing help recall the importance of the
marine engine industry in creating the public acceptance of the
“exploding” engines and the emergence of an automobile industry. An
illustrated appendix documents over 150 early Michigan marine engine
manufacturers with brief company biographies."
Speed King: Life With Donald Campbell by Tonia Bern-Campbell
(published quarterly by
Nautical Quarterly Co.
373 Park Avenue South
New York, New York
Colour and black&white photos; app. 120 pp.
Ceased publication May 1990
Oregon Wolf by Donald W. Peterson
Packards at Speed
by Robert J. Neal
The book covers the complete history of
Packard-engined speed vehicles, on land, at sea and in the air. From the 1906 Gold Cup, to
the Harmsworths from 1920 to 1933, water speed record attempts 1920 to '33, and right on
up through Gale VII and Fred Leland's recent effort, an absolute must for the boat-racing
historian. There are 500 Limited Editions available at $95 plus $5 packing and shipping.
Standard Edition is $65, plus $5 handling. Wash. State residents must add 8.6% sales tax.
Orders to: Aero-Marine History Publishing Co., PO Box 5582, Kent WA 98064.
boat: The Quest for Speed Over Water [a.k.a. Power Boat Speed]
by Kevin Desmond
(New York : Orion Books, 1988)
"tells the story of the quest for speed over the water from Parson's Turbinia
to Richard Branson's Atlantic Challenger. It covers every aspect of the sport
from the tiny hydroplanes and circuit boats to the big offshore racers and the unlimited
Parts of this book are considerably expanded from The World Water Speed
Record, also by Kevin Desmond (1976).
Original list price $35, now out of print but often available through such
online resources as http://www.bookfinder.com for
$40 to $75 US.
256 pp., many black & white photos, ISBN
Racing on the Chesapeake by William W. Mowbray
(Centreville, MD :
Tidewater Publishers, 1995)
"Professional powerboat racing been a sport on the Chesapeake
since 1911, but this is the first book to record the development and
history of racing activity in the region. The focus is on the limited,
inboard racing classes of the American Power Boat Association (APBA)
because those craft have been the racing segment most avidly followed in
the Chesapeake area." Some coverage is given to Gold Cup Class boats
that raced there in the 1940's and 1950's.
from Amazon.com paperback, $16.95
Wood: Speedboats on Lake Tahoe 1910-1941 by Carol Van Etten.
Carol Van Etten
Tahoe city, California 95730
of Whale Cay: The Eccentric Story of "Joe" Carstairs, The Fastest Woman
on Water by Kate Summerscale
Against the Odds: The Tragic Success Story of Miss England II by
©Kevin Desmond, 116 pp., ISBN 1-85058-806-6,
£9.95; $25 at the
Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum.
Sigma Leisure - an imprint of Sigma Press
5 Alton Road
"A remarkable addition to power-boating history – the first time that
an entire book has been devoted to a single power boat, rather than its
driver. Miss England II crashed, involved the death of her driver, was
salvaged, rebuilt, crashed again … and finally destroyed by the
Racers Apart by David Tremayne
ISBN 0-947981-58-6- David Tremayne "Has some good sections on Donald Campbell, Ron Musson, Bill Muncey, Dean
Chenoweth, Lee Taylor."
Outboards, 1907-1989: A History of the Great Horsepower Race by Donald
©2006, 130 pp.
Unlimited by Bob Burd, 1994
compendium of racing history and statistics covers from the early part of this century and
spans several hundred pages. Self published by Bob Burd (Burd Publishing House, Maple
Valley, WA), it is available for $75US (postpaid) from:
22053 S.E. 269th St.
Maple Valley, WA 98038
App. 500 pp.; material from a wide variety of
sources. Images are usually 2nd or 3rd generation photocopies or hand-drawn
The Record Breakers : Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell : Land and
Water Speed Kings of the 20th Century / Leo Villa and Tony Gray
by The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited (London/New York/Sydney/Toronto, 1969).
©Leo Villa, 1969
Four Decades of Hydro Racing [also called "The Big
Hydro Book", "Forty Years of Thunder" and "Forty Years of
Legends" at various times during its production]
©1999; published by David D. Williams, Williams Publishing, Seattle; ISBN
0-9671592-0-2 (hardcover), 0-9671592-1-0 (paperback).
"A high quality, coffee table style
book, it documents the history of Unlimited Hydroplane racing from its birth in 1958 to
the present day. Color and black and white photography. 106 pages, 64 in full colour, 40
years of history.
Available for $19.95 (softbound).
Washington state residents add 8.6% tax. Please add $ 4.00 shipping and handling per book.
Books can be ordered from the Hydroplane
and Raceboat Museum."
[Note: Not listed in their current online catalog. Contact the
Museum for status.]
Unlimited by Andy Muntz, 1973
Special thanks to Andy for allowing me to use this
He has some copies of this book left. Contact him at AJMuntz@aol.com
to Glory: Chasing the World's Water Speed Record 1967-1989 by Donald W. Peterson
The Sayres Legacy by Donald W. Peterson
|Speed and Spray:
the Art of Bob Carver
Featuring many photos of one of the best hydro racing photographers
ever, Bob Carver. Text by Rusty Rae.
Available for $20 from the
Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
5917 South 196th Street
Published by David D. Williams, Williams Publishing, Seattle; ISBN
by D.W. Fostle
© 1988 D.W. Fostle. Published jointly by United States
Society and Mystic Seaport Museum Stores. (Mystic, CT : Mystic Seaport Museum Stores,
ISBN 0-939510-07-3; 218 pp.
This wonderful book is full of high quality pictures and text tracing the history of
boats that go fast. The photos are beautiful; the text is fascinating. If you can find a
copy, buy it.
Speed Boat Kings. by J. Lee Barrett
Arnold-Powers Inc. 1939)
King: The Donald Campbell Story
|This is Hydroplaning by Paul Lowney
Edited and published by Paul B. Lowney, 1959.
Photo Credits: Bob Carver, Forde Photographers, Josef Scalea, Ross Hall, Seattle
Post-Intelligencer, John Vallentyne, Seattle Times, Vic Candiotty, Larry Dion, Wide World
Photos, A.P. Wirephoto, International News Photos, United Press International Photo,
Detroit News, Buffalo Courier-Express, Courier-Journal and Louisville Times, KING-TV, Las
Vegas News Bureau, Joann Bower, Bill Espe for Associated Grocers Inc., Chris Minerich, Jim
Vincent, Roger Dudley, Socony Mobil Co., Tommy Hill, Stratton Photo, Madison Regatta Inc.,
[NOTE: Long out of print this book occasionally turns up at hydro swap
meets or on eBay. It often sells for $100 or more. A word of caution, however. Impressive though the images are (many were taken by the master himself, Bob Carver), the text leaves a lot to be desired. It is rife with factual errors and you should take any history or statistics with a grain of salt. Be that as it may, I wouldn't part with my copy for any amount of money.
|Thunderboating with Bill Muncey by
© 1978 by Tony Hogg Publications
Tony Hogg Publications
177-F Riverside Avenue
Newport Beach, California 92663
I purchased my copy through the Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum in Seattle.
I am not sure they are still available.
Racing in Seattle by David D. Williams
Hydroplane Heritage by Fred Farley and Ron Harsin
Campbell at Coniston by Arthur Knowles
The World Water Speed Record by Leo Villa and
© Leo Villa and Kevin Desmond.
London : B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1976
Written by Leo Villa who was with Malcolm and Donald Campbell through their quests for
the speed record and Kevin Desmond, one of best technical journalists around, this book
follows the paths many took to be the fastest on water. Very interesting reading with
photos not seen elsewhere.
|Some books I have not yet seen but would like to have:
Anderfaas, Eric Nels. Hydroplane performance, stability and
control . Degree granted in Mechanical Engineering. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University
of California, Davis, 1995.
Crampton, Emeline J. History of the St. Clair River. (St.
Clair, Mich.: St. Clair Publishing Company, 1921.)
Davis, S.C.H. The John Cobb Story. (Foulis 1952)
Dawson, Christopher. A Quest for Speed at Sea.
Day, James Wenthworth. Kaye Donthe Man. (Hutchinson
Dockey, Philip S. The Liberty Engine, 1918-1942.
(Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1968.)
Dyke, A.L. Dyke's Aircraft Engine Instructor. (Chicago:
Goodheart-Willcox Publishing Company, 1928.)
Edge, S.F. My Motoring Reminiscences. (E. P. Publishing
Farmer, Weston. From My Old Boat Shop. (Camden, Maine:
International Marine Publishing Co., 1979.)
Fox, Uffa. Sail and Power. (Peter Davies 1936)
Gardner, William. The Development of the Sail Yacht, Steam Yacht
and Motor Yacht in American Waters. International Engineering Congress: San
Grahame-White, M. At the Wheel - Ashore and Afloat.
Harrison, M. Lord of London. (W. H. Allen 1966)
History of American Yachts and Yachtsmen, (New York:
Spirit of the Times Publishing Company, 1901.)
Homan, James E. Self-Propelled Vehicles. (New York: Theo.
Audel & Co., 1908.)
Jenks, William L. St. Clair County Michigan, Its History and its
People. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1912.)
Kimes, Beverly Rae, ed. Packard, A History of the Motor Car and
the Company. (Princeton: Automobile Quarterly Publications. 1978.)
Knightley and Simpson. The Secret Lives of Lawrence of Arabia.
(Thomas Nelson & Sons 1969)
Lord, Lindsay. Naval Architecture of Planing Hulls.
(Cambridge, MD.: Cornell Maritime Press, Inc. 1963.)
The Motorboat and Yachting Manual (Temple Press, 1954
& 1960) "the 1954 edition has a good section on Crusader with other info on
Slo-mo-shun IV, Bluebird K3 and 4 and a X Class hydroplane "Massimo" 1948 has
Bluebird K4 in its jet configuration. The 1960 edition has Bluebird
Page, Victor W. Modern Aviation Engines. (New York:
Henley Publishing Company, 1929.)
Pitrone, Jean M. & Elwart, Joan P. The Dodges. (South
Bend, Ind.: Icarus Press, 1981.)
Posthumus, Cyril. Sir Henry Seagrave. (Batsford 1961)
Skene, Norman L. Elements of Yacht Design. (New York:
Yachting Publications, 1927.)
Stephens, W.P. American Yachting. (New York: MacMillan
& Company, 1904.)
Stephens, W.P. Traditions and Memories of American Yachting.
(New York: Hearst Magazines, 1942.)
Streeter, Robert S. Internal Combustion Engines. (New
York: McGraw-Hill, 1915.)
Taylor, C. Fayette. Aircraft Propulsion, A Review of the Evolution
of Aircraft Piston Engines. 90
Vincent, Jesse G. Chronological Development of the Packard Marine
Engine. MS., (Detroit: Packard Motor Car Company, .)
Vincent, Jesse G. History of the Liberty Engine. MS.,
(Detroit: Packard Motor Car Company, .)
Young, Douglas. Donald Campbell (James, 1968)