Although who knows how many people will be able to listen, watch or S-E-E the mighty Unlimiteds' in action?
Per Tipicali here upon thou Shores 'O No Fendersville, whilst your humble No Fenders scribe should still be basking in the afterglow of this year's 24 Heurs du Mans race...
Instead as usual, I'm scramblin' playin' Ketsup', as Der Vurld de Motorsporten Never Sleeps; Ja-Ja!
As I didn't even bother scriblin' anythingy' about the final three rounds of last year's H1 Unlimited championship, having simply had my turbine washed down instead.
As the final three rounds of last year's season saw my Numero Uno Boat, the U-9 with Andrew Tate at the controls doing multiple Hat Dances, although the Hull he pilots will always b known to Mwah as the Les Schwab boat. As Andrew won the non-points President's Cup race in Detroit before going into the Offseason by being victorious in San Diego at Bayfair, where he won the coveted Bill Muncey Cup, along with finishing as the 2017 National High Points Championship runner-up.
New for this year is the long awaited Southern Cup Hydrofest at Guntersville, Alabama, which will be the 2018 season's Kickoff race this weekend, June 22-24 on Lake Guntersville.
With the season commencing one race ahead of the usual season opening Madison Regatta, which keeps its traditional calendar date. As there will be an increase of one round this year to seven with the addition of the new Alabama race., albeit I believe Madison's still an "Exhibition" event. Whilst NO Clue if the President's Cup is part of Detroit's Gold Cup weekend once again?
Sandwiched in the middle of Tate's two W's' was the perennial winner Jimmy Shane capturing another Gold Cup victory in Detroit, along with his fifth National High Points Championship crown aboard Madison City's U-1 Miss Home Street Hydroplane. Having also won my Home Race, Seattle Seafair's Albert Lee Appliance Cup.
As Jimmy was good enough to take us round a lap of the Guntersville Unlimited course when the Boats tested Thar' last year, which Y'all can check out in the video below...
While the only other Hydroplane on the circuit to win a race was the U-12 Graham Trucking driven by fierce competitor, and 3X Bridesmaid' (Three Times Championship runner-up) J. Michael Kelly, who won the HAPO Columbia Cup race at Tri Cities.
But although the economy's Boomin' right now, last year saw lean times, or pardon the pun, rough waters for the Unlimiteds' fleet, with a paltry eight Hulls making the West Coast's Double Header swing, i.e.; Tri Cities & Seattle.
Obviously, I'd ARSE-Sume my past favourite driver, now P2, nee Cal Phipps in the former Dalton Industries, now apparently the U-27 Greater Gadsden presents Chase Building Group will be back better 'N stronger, especially since the season starts with Thar' Home-race.
As those are my Top-4 Boats for the season, which shouldn't be much of a Shock, other than the U-27 fits that 'Ol Sesame Street rhyme, "which One of These Doesn't look Like the Others?"
And speaking of Others, I'd have to say that the U-11 Reliable Diamond Tools presents J&D's with Thom Thompson at the tiller is another good Hull that seems to steadily be improving each season.
Whilst lastly, for my sixth pick, since that's what I grew up for number of Hydros' competing against each other in every Heat Race upon thou shores of Lake Washington. I'll select the U-3 Griggs presents Ace Hardware, since it's the only piston powered boat in the fleet! Propelled by a twin turbocharged Allison V-12 lump'.
Although I don't think it's as powerful as my All-time Numero Uno piston powerplant, the Rolls Royce Griffon that powered the Almighty Miss Bud, but I'm just guessing here...
Whilst my trailer boat would be a tossup between the U-440 Bucket List Racing and the U-99.9 which will forever be just the plain 'Ol Miss Rock of local Radio Station KISW fame to Mwah, with the U-440 getting the nod, since I like Dustin Echols charisma, who seems like a promising driver who just needs a faster ride.
With NO Disrespect to any of the other Unlimited Hydroplane teams or Drivers competing this year, either full or part time. Since I've got ZERO Clue if the Elstrom's U-16 Oh Boy Oberto Snausages' Boat will return for the Columbia Cup and Seafair?
As Y'all can take a gander at the Official H1 Unlimited website's Teams lineup "Tab" link below, albeit it always seems to be running a lap behind...