Wednesday, December 12, 2018

HYDROS: Sport's Innovator Dave Heerensperger Spools down'

Two of Unlimited Hydroplane's Greatest Rivals during the early 1970's, the Pay 'N Pak and Miss Budweiser at Speed. (Image source:
Ironically, Karmically or as I prefer here upon thou Isle 'O Nofendersville, Whare' thoust Spray of Synchronicity is always in the Air... Just days after putting to bed thou Seafair News Blackout post, I ran across the news of David "Dynamite Dave" Heerensperger's Death at Age 82 via my once local Seattle Times Newspaper, that I still peruse Daily from Oregon.

For Mwah, as a Wee' lad, Messer Heerensperger's Unlimited Hydroplanes were thou Scourge, which will always be known as The Pride of Pay 'N Pak, instead of Thar later nomenclature.

Yuhs see, I was a full blown Miss Budweiser Fan, and those pesky Pay 'N Pak's were always stealing the Beer Wagon's victories, especially with "Dynamite Dave's" revered "Winged Wonder," the All conquering 1973 Pay 'N Pak with its then revolutionary rear stabilizer.

As I've still never been able to confirm which race between the Pak and the Bud's still Seared into thou memory some 40+ years later. Of when the two competitors went Deck-to-Deck for five electrifying laps on Lake Washington with the Miss Budweiser coming up just some 100 feet (or yards) short of victory.

And although to this day I still feverishly believe it has to have been the 1975 Seafair Regatta final's, since I still believe firmly that Mickey Remund was the Bud pilot that long ago day.

But where things get murky for Mwah is the fact that Remund drove the Pay 'N Pak before becoming a Budweiser chauffer in the '72 ex-Pay 'N Pak Hull that "Dynamite Dave" sold to his good friend and fiercest rival Bernie Little, the legendous' Miss Budweiser owner.

Whilst the last we saw of Mr. Heerensperger in Unlimited Hydroplane racing circles was the early 1980's, when once again the latest Pak Hull was once again revolutionizing the sport, when becoming the first ever Unlimited to win a race with turbine power.

Although Jon Walters was at the controls for that historic victory, he'd subsequently be seriously injured no less than upon Lake Washington in a violent crash during the '82 Emerald Cup event, which saw Heerensperger leave the sport permanently.

Yet to Heerensperger's credit, after leaving the sport, he kept Walther on his Payroll for four years during his lengthy recovery...