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2008 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair – Unlimiteds

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Walt Otttenad's gallery of the 2008 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: A very LONG weekend...Walt Otttenad’s gallery of the 2008 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair: A very LONG weekend…

As a member of the U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit crew, we had high hopes coming into Seattle after a disastrous Tri-Cities outing where we broke another prop and hurt the back of the boat again (though not as bad as Evansville). (continue reading…)

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2008 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2008 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup in Seattle, WA.

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2008 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup Unlimited Lights

by Chris Denslow on Aug.03, 2008, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow’s gallery of the Unlimited Lights at the Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair.

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2008 Seafair Airshow

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under Airshows, Lake Washington

Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the airshow at Seafair.

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VIDEO: 2008 Seafair – Final Heat – U-13

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video

U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit – Final Heat at Seafair.  J. Michael Kelly had to retire the U-13 due to a faulty lid latch…

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2008 ABRA Chevrolet Cup Unlimiteds

by Chris Denslow on Aug.03, 2008, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow’s gallery of the Unlimiteds at the Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

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2008 Seafair Airshow

by Chris Denslow on Aug.03, 2008, under Airshows, Lake Washington

Chris Denslow’s gallery of the airshow at Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

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VIDEO: 2008 Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair: UL-11 Final Heat

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


Michael Flaherty narrowly avoids disaster in the final at Seafair when (at 5:48) another boat turned directly in front of him, forcing Mike into the air as he runs over that roostertail, straight into another one to his right – scary stuff…

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VIDEO: 2008 Seafair – Heat 2B – U-13 Multiple View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.03, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video

U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit in Heat 2B at Seafair from multiple angles.

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VIDEO: 2008 Seafair – U13 Saturday Test – Driver View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.02, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


Saturday morning test session of the U-13 Graham Trucking showing the stresses on J. Michael Kelly.

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VIDEO: 2008 Seafair – U13 Friday Test – Cockpit View

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.01, 2008, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video

Friday morning test session from the cockpit of the U-13 Graham Trucking showing prop shaft breaking near end of video.

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U-50 “Spirit of the Navy”

by Chris Denslow on Jun.21, 2008, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Chris Denslow’s gallery of the christening of the U-50.

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2008 Vintage Hydroplane Test – Stan Sayres Pits, Seattle, WA

by Chris Denslow on Apr.27, 2008, under Boat Racing, HARM, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes, Vintage Unlimited Hydros

Chris Denslow’s images from the Vintage Unlimited test on Lake Washington, April 17th, 2008

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2008 Unlimited Light Hydroplane Test – Stan Sayres Pits, Seattle, WA

by Lisa Courneya on Apr.19, 2008, under Boat Racing, HARM, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes, Vintage Unlimited Hydros

Lisa Courneya’s images from the Unlimited Lights test on Lake Washington, April 17th, 2008

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2008 Vintage Hydroplane Test – Stan Sayres Pits, Seattle, WA

by Lisa Courneya on Apr.19, 2008, under Boat Racing, HARM, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes, Vintage Unlimited Hydros

Lisa Courneya’s images from the Vintage Unlimited test on Lake Washington, April 17th, 2008

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2008 Vintage Hydroplane and Unlimited Light Hydroplane Test – Stan Sayres Pits, Seattle, WA

by Walt Ottenad on Apr.19, 2008, under APBA Outboard, Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes, Vintage Unlimited Hydros

Walt Ottenad’s images from the Vintage Unlimited and Unlimited Lights test on Lake Washington, April 17th, 2008

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VIDEO: 2007 Seafair: U-13 Final Heat – Driver view

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.07, 2007, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplane Onboard, Video


This view of J. Michael Kelly in the U-13 at Seafair shows how violent a modern Unlimited Hydroplane ride really is! JMK took the U-13 to a third place finish in the five lap final heat…

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2007 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair – Unlimiteds

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.05, 2007, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2007 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair. Walt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2007 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair.

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VIDEO: Seafair 2007: UL-8 Baker Equipment – Final Heat

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.05, 2007, under ChaseCam, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Onboard, Video


The right side tail brackets broke during the Final Heat at Seafair, making this video very jerky. Michael Flaherty finished a disappointing 7th place after a 1 min. penalty for improper scoreup.

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2007 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.05, 2007, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2007 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair held on Aug. 3-5, 2007 in Seattle, WAWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2007 ULHRA Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair held on Aug. 3-5, 2007 in Seattle, WA

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2007 ULHRA Spring Test

by Walt Ottenad on Apr.26, 2007, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Lights Hydroplanes

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U-21 burns at the 2006 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.06, 2006, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of an amazing series of the U-21 burning to the waterline at the 2006 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at SeafairWalt Ottenad’s gallery of an amazing series of the U-21 burning to the waterline at the 2006 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair

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2006 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair – Unlimiteds

by Walt Ottenad on Aug.06, 2006, under Boat Racing, Lake Washington, Unlimited Hydroplanes

Walt Ottenad's gallery of the 2006 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at SeafairWalt Ottenad’s gallery of the 2006 ABRA Chevrolet Cup at Seafair

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