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Jimmy Shane Named To Drive Oberto

Jimmy HeaderFrom The Miss Madison Racing Team -

The Miss Madison Racing Team is pleased to announce Jimmy Shane, the 2013 H1 Unlimited Driver Champion, will be piloting the Oberto Unlimited hydroplane in 2014. Shane raced his first full season in the Unlimited series in 2012. He has quickly become the sport’s rising star with 6 race wins, including back-to-back U.I.M. World Championships.

Shane states, “Being named the new “Miss Madison” driver is quite an honor and having the backing of such a great sponsor as “Oberto” makes the opportunity that much better. The history of the Madison race team speaks for itself. There is also a uniqueness to the team being owned by the 13,000 plus citizens of the city of Madison. This brings on an extra role to being the driver as I not only have to represent the sponsor and team members, but also an entire town.

“My goals as the new Miss Madison driver include defending my Drivers title from 2013 and to bring the National Championship back to the city of Madison for the 2014 season. I know that Steve David left very big shoes to fill in all aspects of hydroplane racing and I will continue to do my best and leave my own mark in this wonderful sport. I would like to thank all the owners, sponsors and crew members for this great opportunity!! Looking forward to a great future with a great team!”

Crew Chief Mike Hanson adds, “We would like to welcome Jimmy Shane’s young family to the legendary Miss Madison team. We are very excited to have Jimmy joining the team and are looking forward to having a young talented driver who has the potential to stick around for a long time, such as Steve and I have done. We’re looking forward to the upcoming season, and we’re very happy to have Jimmy, Bianca and Colton as our new additions to the team!”

Jimmy Shane is employed as an Integration Engineer at Blue Origin, LLC in Kent Washington. Jimmy and wife Bianca both come from boatracing families and reside in Renton, Washington with their son Colton.

Miss Madison, Inc. is the oldest active team in Unlimited hydroplane racing. Miss Madison has competed every year since 1961 on the hydroplane circuit amassing 20 wins. Racing in partnership with American Speedy Printing, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Valvoline, DeWalt Power Tools, Kellogg’s and Oberto, some of the biggest names in the sport of boat racing have raced with the Miss Madison Team.

Oberto Brands, a leader in the meat snacks category, was established in Seattle in 1918 by an Italian immigrant family in pursuit of the American Dream. The Oberto family still remains an integral part of the business, and their hard work and dedication to great tasting products has grown the company from humble beginning into what is today a national leader in meat snacks. Its popular products are found primarily in convenience stores, as well as on grocery aisles and club stores throughout the United States.

2014 Oryx Cup Dates Announced

2013_OryxCup_D0_0014-LHis Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, president of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation and H1 Unlimited Chairman Sam Cole have announced the 2014 running of the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship will take place November 20 – 22 on Doha Bay.

The 2014 Oryx Cup will mark the sixth time the event has been held in Qatar, where the Unlimited Hydroplane series from the USA has become one of the featured events in the QMSF’s ambitions schedule of racing on Doha Bay, which has grown to include many types and classes of boat racing.

 Sheikh Hassan commented, “All of us here at the QMSF are excited to see the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series coming back to Doha.  The Unlimited race will be a big part of a very exciting 2014 season for us and the timing couldn’t be any better.  I am sure everyone will feel at home when they are here.”

Cole agreed, saying, “I speak for everyone involved with the H1 Series; owners, drivers, crew members and officials, when I say our annual trip to Qatar has become the highlight of our season and we all look forward to enjoying the tremendous welcome and hospitality we receive from Sheikh Hassan and the staff of the QMSF when we return to the beautiful city of Doha in November.”

Cole added that the top ten H1 teams, after the conclusion of the domestic season in San Diego in September, will again be invited to make the trip to the Middle East, meaning the 2014 Season High Point Championship will likely be settled at the Oryx Cup along with the UIM World Championship.

Cole also explained that the H1 Series has renewed the agreement with the CBS Sports Network for 2014 and the Oryx Cup will be part of the televised series, with an air date sometime in December reaching over 60 million households in the US.

H1 Unlimited race teams are currently preparing for the 2014 racing season which will begin with the Madison Regatta on the Ohio River July 5 – 7.

2013 Photo Contest
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2013 Fan Photo by Kevin Sprowls


Attention  Photogs!  Time to pick your favorite shots for the 2013 photo contest.

Entries will be received in three categories – Professional Boat/Action Shot, Professional People Shot, and Fan Photograph. Entries are limited to one photo per category per entrant, so choose your best shot.

The Pro category includes anyone who was issued H1 photo credentials and/or a photo vest during the season and team photographers.

Email digital files to (Enable Javascript to see the email address).  Entries will be printed out and displayed at the Awards Banquet on March 15 where attendees will vote for their favorite. Winners will be announced at the banquet. Be sure your photo is big enough to look good when printed 5 X 7.  Entries must be submitted by March 12.

New 96 Getting Closer

Rt SideMarch 1st finds progress being made on the new 96 Spirit of Qatar, which will be the most state-of-the-art hydroplane ever designed and built.

Owner Erick Ellstrom says, “Work is progressing nicely.  The frames are all in now and the tubes for the electrical are going in.  The steering system is under construction. Most of the advances we are making from our old boat are not things that will show up in photos and the hull won’t really take shape until the decks go on, and that is one of the final steps after all of the systems in the hull, including fuel and electrical, are done.”


Plans are to move the hull from it’s top secret construction site in Seattle to the team’s race shop in Ballard some time in mid-April, where it will be prepared for the 2014 season, one of the final steps after all of the systems in the hull, including fuel and electrical, are done.”

Voting Is Open For Nelawake Award

nELAWAKEVoting is now open for the 2013 Vic Nelawake Spirit Award.  Winner will be announced at the H1 Unlimited Awards Banquet on March 15.


Diamond Cup Update

diamondcupWith stories circulating about the status of the Coeur d’Alene race – The H1 Executive Committee issued the following statement on Saturday;

“Since the conclusion of the 2013 event in Coeur d’Alene, we have been working with the race organizers to complete fulfillment of the terms and conditions for the 2013 event, which would allow us to proceed with the planning of the 2014 Diamond Cup.  While progress has been made, there are issues which have not been completely resolved as of this date. We are reviewing the situation and hope to reach a positive solution soon.”

57 Race Team For Sale

57Mark Evans has announced plans to sell his Unlimited race team and move on to new projects that could include automotive power and a whole new way to build Unlimited Hydroplanes.

Evans says he can offer a buyer a  “A great driving well maintained Mack Truck full of spare parts and supplies to tow the boat.  An Eagle brand custom tilt trailer that pulls down the road great, and the famous 57 hull with a Whispering Turbine engine, maintained by Screamin Turbine’s and the 57 team.”

557768_244653685653320_1030601095_nEvans says, “Contact me if you would like to get in to an Unlimited Hydro for a great price. We have lots of resources and an enthusiastic crew that would still like to race.”

Interested parties can email Mark at (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Speaking of the U-4, Evans says his plans include having his “4 seater” at every race on the H1 circuit in 2014, with new outboard power that will give fans and media a chance to experience an Unlimited ride at more than 100 mph.

Evans 2As for the future, Evans says, “I would like to tell fans that I am now involved with Murdo Cameron and Team Miss Spokane to help build a set of Unlimited Hydroplane Molds that  will be available to anyone to use, for a fee, to build an Unlimited Hydroplane. It should cost a lot less to assemble than in the past and will be much stronger and lighter weight. Although Murdo and students at the North Idaho College are building these molds primarily for turbine powered Unlimited’s, I’m going to build one with auto power! This auto program should be on the water in 2015!”