Sunday, August 31, 2008

Vintage Hydroplane Racing: Thunder on the Ohio

Third Annual
Wheeling Vintage Hydroplane Regatta

Wheeling WV
August 30-31, 2008

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Part of the DBKP Roadtrip #2

Entering Heritage Port on the Ohio River at Wheeling, WV, visitors are greeted by a life-size statue of native son, Walter Reuther, founder of the United Auto Workers and President of the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations).

A beautiful day, thunderous boats and a Labor Day weekend: what more could spectators want? How about free admission!

From the south entrance to the port, the Tijuana Taxi was the first hydroplane one sees.

The end of summertime--and the living is easy.

A number of cranes lifted the hydroplanes up, up and away into the awaiting Ohio River.

Thrills, chills and--hopefully--no spills.

In July 2008, Extreme Boats magazine had a feature article in their latest issue about the 2007 Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta.

The Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta was awarded the Vintage Event of the Year from the American Power Boat Association. From Friendly City Regatta Wins Award

Wheeling has lived up to its reputation as the "Friendly City" for a second consecutive year in the eyes of the American Power Boat Association.

The association has declared Wheeling's Annual Vintage Raceboat Regatta the "Vintage Event of the Year" for 2007, an honor that also was awarded for 2006 after the first regatta was held in Wheeling. This is the first time the organization has bestowed the honor upon the same city two years in a row.

"The city's just been wonderful," said Debbie Joseph, the regatta's founder and main organizer.

The rest of the pictures hopefully will give the reader a bit of the "feel" of the Regatta on a Labor Day 2008 weekend in Wheeling, WV.


by Mondoreb
images: DBKP

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