Kelly & Zimmerman Win Columbia Cup Prelims

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Jimmy Shane and J. Michael Kelly battle in Heat 1A. Photo by Craig Barney

Racing got underway Saturday in the 59th running of the HAPO Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities area of South Central Washington with the running of the first two preliminary heats of the weekend.

Heat 1A matched up the two top qualifiers who were also the winners of the first two races of 2014 – Gold Cup Champion Jimmy Shane in the 6 Oberto was the top qualifier and Madison Regatta Champion J. Michael Kelly  in the 1 Graham Trucking who qualified second.

They were joined by Jamie Nilsen in the 21 Lakeridge Paving, Tom Thompson in the 11 Peters & May, Kelly Stocklin in the 18 Bucket List Racing and Dave Villwock, in his return to competition,  driving the 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing.

Kelly and Stocklin

Kelly lapping Stocklin for the victory.
Photo by Chris Denslow – H1

Kelly and Shane staged a terrific duel out front while officials reviewed the start. Stocklin was ruled the only legal starter which meant Kelly and Shane had to lap him for the win.  And they did. Kelly took the win in the 1 Graham Trucking and gave notice he will be a force to be reckoned with.  Shane was second in the Oberto after challenging Kelly all three laps and Villwock finished third.

Jon Zimmerman in the 9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOT was the fastest qualifier drawn into Heat 1B.  Zimmerman qualified third and was joined in the heat by Cal Phipps in the 7 Graham Trucking II who qualified fourth.

Mike Webster in the 22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West Insurance, Greg Hopp driving 12 Miss  DiJulio, Jeff Bernard in the Our Gang Racing and Kip Brown in the first competition for Ellstrom Racing’s new 96 Spirit of Qatar.

Disappointment came early for Brown when his new boat failed to start.  Zimmerman wired the start in lane two and led all three laps with Phipps challenging early from lane one.  As Zimmerman pulled away, Webster moved around Phipps to finish second.  Phipps was third and Bernard fourth.

Racing will resume at 10:15 am Sunday (PDT) with Heat 2A.  The winner take all Final Heat to decide the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup Champion is set to go at 4:40 pm on Sunday.

 

Results for Columbia Cup 1A

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-1 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 149.946 400
2 U-6 Oberto Jimmy Shane 149.577 300
3 U-37 Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon Plumbing Dave Villwock 141.056 225
4 U-11 Peters & May Tom Thompson 131.08 169
5 U-21 Lakeridge Paving Jamie Nilsen 124.188 127
6 U-18 Bucket List Racing Kelly Stocklin 111.51 95

Results for Columbia Cup 1B

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOT Jon Zimmerman 144.712 400
2 U-22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West Insurance Mike Webster 139.565 300
3 U-7 Graham Trucking II Cal Phipps 138.938 225
4 U-17 Our Gang Racing Jeff Bernard 137.854 169
5 U-12 Miss DiJulio Greg Hopp 118.737 127
DNS U-96 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 0 0

Boat draw for Columbia Cup 2A

Number – Boat Driver
U-1 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly
U-12 Miss DiJulio Greg Hopp
U-6 Oberto Jimmy Shane
U-96 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown
U-21 Lakeridge Paving Jamie Nilsen
U-11 Peters & May Tom Thompson

Boat draw for Columbia Cup 2B

Number – Boat Driver
U-7 Graham Trucking II Cal Phipps
U-18 Bucket List Racing Kelly Stocklin
U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOT Jon Zimmerman
U-17 Our Gang Racing Jeff Bernard
U-22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West Insurance Mike Webster
U-37 Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon Plumbing Dave Villwock

 

Accumulated Points

Number – Boat Driver Points
U-1 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 400
U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOT Jon Zimmerman 400
U-6 Oberto Jimmy Shane 300
U-22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West Insurance Mike Webster 300
U-7 Graham Trucking II Cal Phipps 225
U-37 Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon Plumbing Dave Villwock 225
U-17 Our Gang Racing Jeff Bernard 169
U-11 Peters & May Tom Thompson 169
U-12 Miss DiJulio Greg Hopp 127
U-21 Lakeridge Paving Jamie Nilsen 127
U-18 Bucket List Racing Kelly Stocklin 95
U-96 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 0

 

Accumulated Points with Qualifying

Number – Boat Driver Points
U-1 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly 480
U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOT Jon Zimmerman 470
U-6 Oberto Jimmy Shane 400
U-22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West Insurance Mike Webster 330
U-7 Graham Trucking II Cal Phipps 285
U-37 Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon Plumbing Dave Villwock 275
U-17 Our Gang Racing Jeff Bernard 209
U-11 Peters & May Tom Thompson 199
U-12 Miss DiJulio Greg Hopp 157
U-21 Lakeridge Paving Jamie Nilsen 157
U-18 Bucket List Racing Kelly Stocklin 95
U-96 Spirit of Qatar Kip Brown 30

HAPO Columbia Cup Starting Procedure Revised

FB H1The H1 Unlimited Competition Committee – in a meeting Friday in Kennewick-made some revisions to the starting procedure which will be employed in the running of the HAPO Columbia Cup this weekend.

Mike Noonan, H1′s Competition Director explained, “When we modified the starting procedure before the season and put in the 80 mph minimum,we left the rest of the rules in that section pretty much in place.  After running the first two races of the season and watching the starts, we like what the 80 mph minimum is doing and we wanted to revise some of the other elements of the rules for starting to go along with the 80 mph minimum speed, including removing the one minute or score up buoy and allowing drivers to use the infield more during the milling before the start.

The rules regarding N2 violations were also revised.

Here is complete text of the two Competition Directives issued Friday -

COMPETITION DIRECTIVE

July 25, 2014

CD-2014-3 

Effective Immediately:

As a result of a unanimous vote by the H1 Competition committee, the following changes to the start procedure described in Rule 4/D shall be implemented for the Tri-Cities 2014 race and will be evaluated after this event for use at subsequent races:

Eliminate Rule 4D/10.  This will remove the requirement to not pass the exit pin of Turn 1 after the one minute period.  In other words, there is no more one minute Score-up Buoy).

 Revise Rule 4J/1:

Boats that are on the race course and running in established lanes shall have right of way over those not running in established lanes. This right of way shall exist until two straight away buoys have been passed. After that, the standard right of way rules shall apply.(New sentence)

            (a)       A boat leaving the racing lanes shall relinquish all right of way.

 

COMPETITION DIRECTIVE

July 25, 2014

CD-2014-4

Effective Immediately:

By a vote by the H1 Competition committee, the following changes to Rule 13/I N2 Speed Violation:

  1. An occurrence of non-compliance shall be defined as any time the maximum N2 RPM is exceeded for more than 3 seconds.
  2. 2.     A flagrant occurrence of non-compliance shall be defined as:

(a).  any time the maximum N2 RPM is exceeded for more than 5 seconds;

(b).  Or an occurrence during which N2 RPM exceeds 115% for more than 1 second.

  1. 3.     Any boat found to have an occurrence during any single time trial attempt or any single heat shall be fined $100 per occurrence for the first two (2) occurrences during any one Time trial attempt or heat.

(a).  Any boat accumulating three (3) or more occurrences during a single qualification attempt or single heat at an event shall have the third and subsequent occurrences in that same heat elevated to a Flagrant Violation.

(b).  Any boat having an Flagrant during a time trial attempt shall have the time trials speed for that attempt noted as Time Not Recorded and no points are awarded.

(c).  If the speed is above 130 MPH, the time will be recorded as 130 MPH.

(d).  In case of a tie, the actual speed above 130 MPH shall be used to break the tie.

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Shane Tops HAPO Columbia Cup Qualifying

Oberto Qual

Photo By Stephanie Becker – H1

For Team Oberto, it was different driver – same result.  Jimmy Shane replaced Steve David, the retired Columbia Cup champion, in the community owned Oberto/Miss Madison and put the boat at the top of the qualifying ladder for the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup with a speed of 163.247 on Friday

Jon Zimmerman’s first round speed of 161.873 in the Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOT appeared to put him in second place, but an N2 violation on that run meant the speed was disallowed and Zimmerman had to requalify.  His second effort speed of 158.537 put him in third place behind J. Michael Kelly who took second place on the ladder at  161.197 in the 1 Graham Trucking.

Shane was pleased with his boat ride, saying, “We ran a 166 in testing this morning and we definitely have the boat and the team to win this thing.”

The Oberto team is camped under the famous “Bernie Tree,” the traditional home of the defending champion, and Shane added, “That definitely is job one – winning the Columbia Cup again and making sure we have the best spot in the pits again next year.”

A couple of debuts created a lot of interest during testing and qualifying.  Kip Brown drove  Ellstrom  Racing’s brand new 96 Spirit of Qatar in its maiden voyage and qualified the boat at 142.517,tenth on the ladder.

Brown commented, “I love the boat. It’s really easy to drive.  It needs to go faster, and it will.  We need to do some tweaking on the setup and the speed will come, but it handles beautifully.”

Dave Villwock, who retired following the 2012 season with the highest number of victories of any driver in the history of the sport, returned to competition driving Schumacher Racing’s Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon Plumbing. Villwock’s speed  of 153.927 placed him fourth on the qualifying ladder.

Villwock was happy with changes made to the 37 during the off season, saying,  “The boat’s really good. We just need to adjust the controls.  The first time out it wasn’t drivable. The second run it was pretty good and then we just slowed down and put it in the show.”

Asked about the boat’s potential, Villwock added, “I really think we could run a 160.”

Shane then joined Zimmerman and Kelly in the Legends Casino Dash For Cash along with Cal Phipps in the 7 Graham Trucking II and Jamie Nilsen in the 21 Lakeridge Paving.  Shane took the win in the four lap event with Kelly second and Zimmerman third.

Racing will begin at 3:05 pm Saturday with the running of Heat 1A and the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup Champion will be decided in the Final Heat set for 4:40 pm  on Sunday.

Final Qualifying Results –

Number – Sponsor

Driver

Speed

 

U-6 Oberto

Jimmy Shane

163.247

 

U-1 Graham Trucking

J. Michael Kelly

161.197

 

U-9 Les Schwab Tires-Team RedDOT

Jon Zimmerman

158.537

 

U-37 Cost Less Carpet presents Miss Beacon Plumbing

Dave Villwock

153.927

 

U-17 Our Gang Racing

Jeff Bernard

153.191

 

U-7 Graham Trucking II

Cal Phipps

152.142

 

U-21 Lakeridge Paving

Jamie Nilsen

148.652

 

U-11 Peters & May

Tom Thompson

148.157

 

U-22 Ranch & Home presents Payne West Insurance

Mike Webster

147.022

 

U-96 Spirit of Qatar

Kip Brown

142.517

 

U-12 Miss DiJulio

Greg Hopp

136.105

 

H1 Boats & Drivers Meet & Greet Thursday

Mall2Thursday afternoon from 4-6 pm, at the Columbia Center Mall in Kennewick, Tri-Cities fans and media will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with three of the world’s fastest race boats and a number of the drivers who will compete in the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup this weekend.

Boats expected to be on display include:

1 Graham Trucking with driver J. Michael Kelly – winner of the season opener in Madison, Indiana and currently in 2nd place in season high points.

17 Our Gang Racing with driver Jeff Bernard. This team making their 2014 debut at the Columbia Cup. Fans will have the opportunity to put their signature on the boat and become part of Our Gang Racing.

12 Jay Leckrone and Denise Garl’s Miss DiJulio. The boat is blue and green and the number is 12. Sound familiar?

Other drivers expected to participate include:

11 Peters & May driver Tom Thompson
18 Bucket List Racing driver Kelly Stocklin
21 Lakeridge Paving driver Brian Perkins
96 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown
100 Leland Unlimited driver David Warren

Also – a couple of sponsor and name changes:
21 will run as Lakeridge Paving
22 will run as Ranch & Home presents Payne West Insurance

UPDATED ROSTER

#        Boat Name     Driver     Hometown 
1 Graham Trucking J. Michael Kelly Bonney Lake, WA
6 Oberto Jimmy Shane Covington, WA
7 Graham Trucking II Cal Phipps Sterling Heights, MI
9 Les Schwab Tires - Jon Zimmerman Maple Valley, WA
  Team Red dot    
11 Peters & May Tom Thompson Cambridge, MD
12 Miss DiJulio Greg Hopp Lake Stevens, WA
17 Our Gang Racing Jeff Bernard Maple Valley, WA
18 Bucket List Racing Kelly Stocklin Edmonds, WA
21 Lakeridge Paving Jamie Nilsen Federal Way, WA
    Brian Perkins North Bend, WA
22 Ranch & Home presents Mike Webster Reading, PA
  Payne West Insurance    
37 Beacon Plumbing Dave Villwock Monroe, WA
96 Spirit of Qatar  Kip Brown Black Diamond, WA
100 Leland Unlimited Dave Warren Lake Stevens, WA

9 Jones Racing Under Repair

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Mike and Jeff Campbell rebuilding the left rear corner.

At the Jones Racing shop in Enumclaw, Southeast of Seattle, crew chief Jeff Campbell heads up the team making repairs to the team’s race boat after it got high in the air above the Detroit River during the APBA Gold Cup and did a 360 with driver Jon Zimmerman aboard.

Zimmerman was not injured but the boat was banged up pretty good. The boat is getting a new left rear corner and other areas need attention as well.

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Driver Jon Zimmerman – You break it, you fix it.

Asked about the schedule, owner Mike Jones replied, “We have no schedule.” Asked if the boat would make it to the Tri-Cities okay, Jones nodded.

The team will be putting in some long hours, but the hard work should pay off with a repaired 9 Les Schwab Tires – Team Red Dot at the HAPO Columbia Cup.

Big Fast Field Set For HAPO Columbia Cup

2013_ColCup_D3_2029-LThe return of Dave Villwock to competition in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Series and the much anticipated debut of Erick Ellstrom’s new 96 Spirit of Qatar are just two of many reasons why the field for the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities area of South Central Washington July 25-27 will be big and fast with tremendous interest being generated among fans and media.

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Dave Villwock

Villwock retired following the 2012 season with 67 career victories – the most by any driver in the history of the sport.  He joined Schumacher racing as a consultant and became team manager during the 2013 season. On July 16, team owner Billy Schumacher announced that Villwock would be the team’s driver for the Tri-Cities and Seattle races, adding, “People asked me, “You have the best driver in the history of the sport on your team and he doesn’t drive the boat?  What’s wrong with this picture?”

Following the 2013 season, Villwock oversaw an extensive rebuild of Schumacher’s 37 Beacon Plumbing and says, “We are pretty confident in the changes we made but it will need some adjusting.  We learned about propellers last season.  It should be a safer, more stable ride and that should equate to more speed.”

The team’s game plan for the Columbia Cup is to get the boat setup dialed in before the sponsor’s home town race in Seattle – The Albert Lee Cup at Seafair. They will be testing four new propellers and two new turbine engines from associate sponsor Whispering Turbines.

Kip Brown

Kip Brown

At Ellstrom Racing, former Oberto crew chief Mike Hanson heads up the team putting the finishing touches on the new Spirit of Qatar that will make its maiden voyage Friday morning with Kip Brown at the wheel.

Brown says, “This thing is awesome.  Mike Hanson’s craftsmanship is just spectacular.  It really is the state of the art race boat Erick said it would be.”

Ellstrom has said the new technology in the boat will not be obvious and many little things have been done that should combine to make a big difference.

Brown concurs, saying, “Most of the changes are pretty subtle.  There are some things you can see in the running surfaces and a few other places that are new technology but the boat won’t look much different on the water.”

Brown won the 2013 Gold Cup in the 95 Spirit of Qatar owned by Our Gang Racing of Preston, Washington.  That team represented the Qatar sponsorship while the new 96 was being constructed.  OGR is back to their 17 number and will make their 2014 debut at the Columbia Cup with Jeff Bernard driving.

Two other teams will join the series in the third race of the season after skipping the Eastern swing.  They are Leland Unlimited’s 100 driven by Dave Warren and Kelly Stocklin’s 18 Bucket List Racing.

Jimmy Shane Oberto

Jjimmy Shane

Stocklin’s boat is a former G boat, slightly smaller than the other unlimiteds and designed to run with automotive power.  In 2012, Stocklin secured a waiver from H1 to run the smaller boat with a smaller turbine engine and qualified it as an unlimited at the Tri-Cities race on the Columbia River.

The five teams seeing competition for the first time in 2014 will be joining a fleet that showed tremendous speed and reliability in the first two events of the season.  New Oberto driver Jimmy Shane posted some of the fastest speeds in the history of the APBA Gold Cup in putting his name on one of the most prestigious trophies in all of motorsports.

In the season opener at Madison, Indiana, J. Michael Kelly, Shane’s replacement in the 1 Graham Trucking, looked very quick and stood at the top of the podium after apparent winner Shane was penalized for getting to the start line too soon.

JMK Kelly

J. Michael kelly

Asked how he feels after two races with his new team, Shane said, “We feel pretty good!  We’ve won every heat we’ve been in except the Final Heat in Madison and our name is on the Gold Cup.  I’m getting comfortable in the boat and it’s really fast and loose.  I especially like the fast part!”

Jones Racing’s 9 Les Schwab Tires/Team Red Dot is being repaired in the team’s shop in Enumclaw, Washington after a spectacular blow over accident at the Gold Cup.  Driver Jon Zimmerman suffered only a chipped tooth but damage to the boat was more extensive.  Crew chief Jeff Campbell and the team have been putting in long hours hoping to have the boat ready for the Columbia Cup.

Cal Phipps

Cal Phipps

Other teams off to a fast start include Kelly’s team mate Cal Phipps in the 7 Graham Trucking II with two podium finishes and Greg and Brian O’Farrell’s 21 GoFastTurnLeft Racing with Jamie Nilsen and Brian Perkins sharing the driver’s seat.  Perkins scored a second place finish at the Gold Cup. Nilsen will do the driving in the Tri-Cities with Perkins taking over in Seattle.

 H1 Unlimited race teams will be arriving in the Neil F. Lampson pit area on Thursday, with three scheduled to make a stop at the Columbia Center Mall from 4-6 pm to meet with fans and media.

Testing, qualifying and the Legends Casino Dash for Cash are scheduled for Friday with racing getting underway on Saturday. The winner of the 2014 HAPO Columbia Cup will be determined during the running of the winner take all championship final heat beginning at 4:40 pm PDT on Sunday.

Mike Webster

Mike Webster

Jamie Nilsen

Jamie Nilsen

Jeff Bernard

Jeff Bernard

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Jon Zimmerman

Greg Hopp

Greg Hopp

Tom Thompson

Tom Thompson

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Kelly Stocklin

David Warren

David Warren

 

2014 HAPO Columbia Cup Boat Roster   

#

       Boat Name

    Driver

    Hometown

1

Graham Trucking

J. Michael Kelly

Bonney Lake, WA

6

Oberto

Jimmy Shane

Covington, WA

7

Graham Trucking II

Cal Phipps

Sterling Heights, MI

9

Les Schwab Tires -

Jon Zimmerman

Maple Valley, WA

 

Team RedDOT

 

 

11

Peters & May

Tom Thompson

Cambridge, MD

12

Miss DiJulio

Greg Hopp

Lake Stevens, WA

17

Our Gang Racing

Jeff Bernard

Maple Valley, WA

18

Bucket List Racing

Kelly Stocklin

Edmonds, WA

21

Lakeridge Paving

Jamie Nilsen

Federal Way, WA

 

 

Brian Perkins

North Bend, WA

22

Ranch & Home presents

Mike Webster

Reading, PA

 

Payne West Insurance

 

 

37

Beacon Plumbing

Dave Villwock

Monroe, WA

96

Spirit of Qatar

Kip Brown

Black Diamond, WA

100

Leland Unlimited

WITHDRAWN

 

 

 

EVENT SCHEDULE

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:00 – 6:00
Hydros at the Mall, Columbia Center Mall, Kennewick

Friday, July 25, 2014
8:00am Park opens
8:15am 1 Liter Hydroplane Testing
9:10am Grand Prix Hydroplane Testing
10:10am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
11:30am HAPO Over the River Air Show
1:40pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Testing
2:15pm Grand Prix Hydroplane Testing
3:00pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Qualifying
4:00pm Vintage Hydroplane Dash
4:20pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Dash
4:40pm Grand Prix Dash
5:05pm Legends CasinoDash for Cash
6:00pm Castle Catering Speed & Feed (by invitation only)

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00am Park opens
8:15am 1 Liter Hydroplane Testing
9:00am Grand Prix Hydroplane Testing
9:45am H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Testing
11:30am HAPO Over the River Air Show
Noon Drivers Autograph Session at the Stage
1:40pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Heat #1
2:05pm Vintage Hydroplane Heat #1
2:15pm Pilots Autograph Session at the Stage
2:35pm Grand Prix Hydroplane Heat #1
3:05pm Atomic Screenprinting H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1A
3:35pm Atomic Screenprinting H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 1B
4:05pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Heat #2
4:35pm Vintage Hydroplane Heat #2
5:05pm Grand Prix Unlimited Heat #2

Sunday, July 27, 2014
7:00am Park opens
7:30am Church Service at the Stage
8:00am Joint Hydroplane Testing
9:20am Vintage Hydroplane Testing
10:00am Opening Ceremonies
10:15am Connell Oil H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2A
10:40am Connell Oil H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 2B
11:05am Grand Prix Hydroplane Heat #3
11:30am HAPO Over the River Air Show
1:40pm 1 Liter Hydroplane Final Heat
2:10pm Frontier Communications H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3A
2:35pm RebathTri-Cities H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Heat 3B
3:10pm Plumbers & Steamfitters UA Local 598 Grand Prix Hydroplanes Thunder Cup
3:35pm H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Provisional
4:00pm Vintage Hydroplane Heat #3
4:40pm HAPO Columbia Cup for H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes
5:30pm Event Awards Ceremony

HAPO Over the River Air Show Daily Schedule

Air National Guard MX-S John Klatt Air shows
Douglas DC-3 Historic Flight Foundation
Alpha Jet Mark Peterson
T-33 Shooting Star Gregory Colyer
TF-51 Mustang Mark Peterson
Sukhoi-29 Renny Price
All Women Skydivers/Wing Suits Misty Blues

2014 Diamond Cup Cancelled

  diamondcup       Diamond Cup Unlimited, LLC is reluctantly announcing the cancellation of the 2014 Diamond Cup Hydroplane Race.  The Kootenai County Sheriff’s obdurate refusal to accept an application for a Marine Event permit in conformity with his statutory obligations under Idaho law has caused the cancellation of the race.

     Idaho law obligates the Sheriff’s Office to accept a completed  application for a Marine Event permit up to 30 days before the event.  As late as yesterday afternoon, when asked again by Diamond Cup representatives to honor the letter of Idaho law, the Sheriff refused, citing his staffing needs and demands.

       Diamond Cup Unlimited, LLC has worked tirelessly to host the 2014 event in an effort to repay debts arising from the 2013 race.  We appreciate the efforts of all of those who have worked with us in a cooperative and community minded manner.  Ironically,   with tighter crowd control procedures and a minimum of 30,000 tickets sold, the Diamond Cup would have achieved its goal of retiring its 2013 debt, funding the 2014 race, and being financially sound going into 2015.  However, the Sheriff’s announcement of July 1, wherein he refused to consider the issuance of a permit any further, coupled with his subsequent refusal to accept any other application materials, terminated ticket sales and causing financing commitments to be withdrawn.

     Ticket holders who wish to obtain a refund should contact Tickets West or Diamond Cup for reimbursement.  We will continue to pursue all avenues for a 2015 race.  Thank you to those who have supported us.

 

Dave Villwock Returning To Competition

Dave 1Schumacher Racing announced today that the team’s return to competition at the HAPO Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities July 25 – 27 will also mark the return of Dave Villwock to the driver’s seat of an Unlimited Hydroplane.

Villwock joined Schumacher Racing during the 2013 season as a consultant and became the team manager.  This followed a driving career that produced 67 wins, the most by any driver in the history of the sport, including 10 National Championships and 10 Gold Cup victories.

Team owner Billy Schumacher explained, “In the past year, a lot of people have asked me how it made sense to have the best driver in the history of the sport as a backup driver.  Why not put him in the boat?’

Dave Villwock

Dave Villwock

“One of those people was our sponsor, Bill Cahill of Beacon Plumbing,” added Schumacher. “So we approached Dave with the idea of returning to driving and we are very happy that he is willing. We have made dramatic changes to the boat and having Dave experience the boat ride will speed up the tuning process.”

Villwock agreed saying, “We will really be developing a new boat with all the changes we made and this should allow us to get it up to speed as quickly as possible.”

Asked how he expects the rebuilt 37 Beacon Plumbing to compare to the boats he drove during his record setting career, Villwock responded, “We think we have it pretty close.  There are some differences and some things that will need tweaking once we have seen it on the water, but we think we are going the right direction with the boat.”

Plans are for Scott Liddycoat to get some time in the boat at the Columbia Cup as well and get the necessary laps in competition to renew his unlimited license.  The team’s plans do not go beyond the Seattle race a week later at this point.

Regarding rumors of an ownership change, Schumacher explained, “It’s no secret that Bill (Cahill) has wanted to become an owner in the sport and it’s something we have talked about for a long time.  He has loved Unlimited Hydroplane racing all his life and it makes a lot of sense for him to become an owner. I think he’ll make a great one.  We are moving things in that direction and the time for the change is getting closer.”

Schumacher, himself a former Gold Cup and National Champion, said his  plans for the future include  “a lot of fishing out on Puget Sound.”