1955 U-60 Miss Thriftway ,

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"1955 U-60 Miss Thriftway!"

Last update: July 2, 2014
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Dedicated to Ted Jones

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July 25-27, 2014 Kennewick, WA
HAPO Credit Union
Columbia Cup
August 29-31, 2014 Coeur d'Alene, ID
Diamond Cup (Tenative)
October 4, 2014 Chelan, WA
Mahogany & Merlot

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Steve at Mahogany & Merlot 2013
Photo by Christine Gleason
At Chelan last year, we finally ran Engine #2. It worked pretty well and if it hadn't been for a few oil leaks and a misbehaving switch, it would have been a perfect weekend. As it turned out, we ran five times and learned something each time.

2014 is going to be a light year for us. Only three events are scheduled but it could be we only attend two. The Diamond Cup in Coeur d'Alene has a few issues to resolve in order for the event to take place. We know Doug Miller is not giving up and we are tenatively planning on attending.

The HAPO Columbia Cup will take place on the Columbia River in Kennewick, WA on July 25-27. The Miss Thriftway, Dixon Smith's Miss Bardahl and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum's Miss Wahoo are scheduled to perform exhibitions on all three days.

In early October, the Museum's annual "Fun Day" has turned into quite an event. The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) has been bringing some phenominal works of art the past years, the Northwest Vintage Hydroplanes (APBA's limited vintage hydros) have been putting on a great show with as many as six boats running exhibitions, and HARM Board member Monty Holmes has arranged a number of old cars to come over for display. This year October 4-5 are the dates.


Vashon Unlimiteds, LLC and Photographer Chris Denslow have combined to bring a selected set of photos together for the hydro enthusiast. The full collection includes five pictures representing milestones in the short history of our re-creation of Bill Muncey's first winning hull. The first time MISS THRIFTWAY was put in the water, her first runs at speed, her first appearance at a sanctioned unlimited event (Tri Cities), the first solo run with MISS BARDAHL and finally Mr. Denslow's tribute to both MISS THRIFTWAY and MISS BARDAHL in a composite he calls "Return of the Champions".

The set of 4 photos are 8"x10" and sells for $30 plus $5 S&H. (or $10 for individual photos)
The "Return of the Champions" is a 12"x18" and sells for $20






September 23,2006 - First engine start       Video 1 (4.60mb)     Video 2 (4.57MB)

Calling all Collectors!
The Miss Thriftway crew would like to obtain a program from every race the 1955 hull raced in. We have eight of the thirteen programs. If you have a program from any of the races listed in the chart below, and would be willing to part with it (for fair market value), please contact Steve Compton.

Still need:
1955 Silver Cup    | 1955 Presidents Cup
1956 Gold Cup
1957 Silver Cup

Prints by Alan Ameel Check out these awesome prints!
If you're a connoisseur of hydro photos and prints, you owe it to yourself to check out Alan Ameels website! Alan has taken the classics, put his talent to work and made a collection to die for. Printed in 6" x 18" size, These unique prints show details that you can only get with an artists touch.

Hydro Art Prints Website

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Year Built: 1954-55
Designer: Ted Jones
Builder: Les Staudacher
Owner: Thriftway of Washington State Store Owners
Willard Rhodes, President
Fate: Destroyed at the Governors Cup September 29, 1957
on the Ohio River - Madison, Indiana


Aug 7, 1955 A.P.B.A Gold Cup Seattle, WA. 2nd
Aug 27, 1955 Silver Cup Detroit, MI. 5th
Sep 18, 1955 President's Cup Washington D.C. 2nd

Aug 5, 1956 Seafair Seattle, WA. 8th
Sep 1, 1956 A.P.B.A Gold Cup Detroit, MI. 1st
Sep 16, 1956 President's Cup Washington D.C. 1st
Oct 14, 1956 Sahara Cup Lake Mead, NV 7th

May 5, 1957 Apple Cup Lake Chelan, WA. DNF
July 21, 1957 Mapes Mile HIgh Gold Cup Tahoe City, CA. 2nd
Aug 11, 1957 A.P.B.A Gold Cup Seattle, WA. 1st
Aug 31, 1957 Silver Cup Detroit, MI. 2nd
Sep 22, 1957 President's Cup Washingon D.C. 3rd
Sep 29, 1957 Governors Cup Madison, IN. 6th Destroyed


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