Cal Phipps
Cal PhippsDriver
Cal Phipps began driving a 1-liter hydro in late 1993, won his first Regional title in ’94 and the National High Points title in ’95. In 1996, he moved to 6-liter hydros and was undefeated 26 heats in a row, and gained 1st place in his region and 2nd in National High Points. He has been active in 6 & 7 liter, GNH, Unlimited Lights and “G” classes ever since as both a crew member and driver.

In 2008, Phipps was introduced to the Unlimited class as a crewman on Dave Bartush’s U-13. “I wanted to learn as much as I could about turbine engines and ended up helping replacing the bottom of the boat and other major repairs. The team lost a propeller at the Evansville race sustaining major damage, “so I got lots of work in on that boat,” Phipps said. His first test in an Unlimited happened at the Tri-Cities race in the U-13, where he clocked laps within 4MPH of the team’s regular driver, J. Michael Kelly, after only four laps of testing.

In 2010 Cal was rewarded for his leadership as a crew man on the U-13 and was announced as the team’s rookie driver. Right out of the box at the first race at the Indiana Governor’s Cup he was fourth fastest in qualifying. After losing the propeller, the team had to withdraw. At the Detroit Gold Cup, Phipps finished with a second and two third place results in preliminary races. His fastest times in the aging race boat came in Kennewick, Wash. where he had the boat in the 155 mph range.

In 2011, Nate Brown and John O’Brien called on Phipps to drive their U-17 ‘Miss Red Dot’ for the APBA Gold Cup when their regular driver had a scheduling conflict. Phipps qualified at 149.893 mph, won two preliminary heats, placed second and third in the other two and finished the winner-take-all final race in fourth place.

In 2012 he was back with the U-13 for two races with meager results, and in 2013 Ted Porter brought Phipps to Sacramento where he took the U-5 out for several test laps. Porter was impressed enough to offer Phipps the U-7 Graham Trucking II for the 2014 campaign, which he drove to a fantastic third place finish in the Championship, landing on the podium three times.

Cal’s introduction to Wiggins Racing occurred in 2000, driving the family’s G-10 hydroplane and he has driven for Wiggins Racing in various classes for 13 years to date. The Wiggins’ family purchased the U-17 ‘Miss Red Dot’ from Our Gang Racing to run the 2015 H1 Unlimited tour – a boat that Phipps is very familiar with – it’s the same hull he did so well with at the 2011 Gold Cup. He was happy to be back in the “new” U-27 driving for Wiggins, and in a typical Phipps confidence he said, “If you don’t believe me, I will show you.”

His maiden season in the U-27 went better than either Cal or the team had expected – two third place finishes, along with a fourth and fifth place gave Cal the third place overall spot in the 2015 season.

A nasty flip in the opening race of 2016 in Madison shortened the boat’s participation in 2016, but it was rebuilt to race again in the season-ender in San Diego.

Phipps participated in the 2017 test session in Guntersville, but missed the 2017 Madison race.

YearDateCityFinishBoat #Boat NameOwnerQual.Race
201509-20-15San Diego3rdU-27Dalton IndustriesWiggins Racing158.931127.909
 08-23-15Detroit4thU-27Dalton IndustriesWiggins Racing156.179130.961
 08-02-15Seattle5thU-27Dalton IndustriesWiggins Racing146.890118.823
 07-26-15Tri-Cities3rdU-27Dalton IndustriesWiggins Racing155.368
 07-05-15MadisonU-27Dalton IndustriesWiggins Racing
201411-20-14Doha4thU-7Graham Trucking IITed Porter134.363116.035
 09-14-14San Diego2ndU-7Graham Trucking IITed Porter150.567127.804
 08-03-14Seattle5thU-7Graham Trucking IITed Porter140.960124.403
 07-27-14Tri-Cities4thU-7Graham Trucking IITed Porter154.421128.887
 07-13-14Detroit3rdU-7Graham Trucking IITed Porter150.707136.113(1)
 07-06-14Madison3rdU-7Graham Trucking IITed Porter138.805111.724
201207-15-12DetroitDNSU-13Tubby’SDavid Bartush0.000
 07-08-12MadisonDNSU-13Spirit Of DetroitDavid Bartush130.000(0)
201107-10-11Detroit5thU-17Miss Red Dot (1)Nate Brown149.898134.241
 07-03-11MadisonU-17Miss Red Dot (1)Nate BrownTESTING
201009-19-10San Diego12thU-13Spirit Of DetroitDavid Bartush145.656
 08-08-10Seattle10thU-13Miss JilliansDavid Bartush141.723
 07-25-10Tri-Cities8thU-13Spirit Of DetroitDavid Bartush156.296
 07-11-10Detroit7thU-13Miss D.Y.C. (1)David Bartush152.001
 07-04-10Madison8thU-13Spirit Of DetroitDavid Bartush147.352
Milt Wiggins
Milt WigginsOwner
Wiggins Hydroplane Racing Team is based in Rainbow City, Alabama and is owned and managed by 60-plus year racing veteran Milton Wiggins, who started his racing career when he was 18 years-old in the Pro Outboard division. Wiggins drove boats with great success for many years, later introducing his son Charley to racing at the age of 14 and his nephew John as well a few years later.

Over the years, the team has owned and raced in many different inboard classes from 1-Liters to Grand Prix Hydroplanes, at times campaigning as many as three boats. The team has most recently been competing in the Grand Prix class with a race hull built by renowned builder Ron Jones Jr., who is a third generation hydroplane builder.

In February of 2015, Wiggins struck a deal with Nate Brown and the Our Gang Racing Team to purchase their U-17 H1 Unlimited Hydroplane. The newly numbered U-27 Wiggins Team made their Unlimited debut in 2015 with Cal Phipps in the cockpit.

The team’s website is www.u27hydro.com

Charley Wiggins
Charley WigginsCrew Chief
Having grown up around boat racing and playing in his father’s outboard boats in the garage, Charley Wiggins roots and future in hydroplane racing may have been as embedded in him as much as the unmistakable and for him -the unforgettable smell of burnt methanol and Castor Oil from his father’s outboard hydroplane motors.

Wiggins watched his father Milt move to the inboard category and race 2.5 stock, 2.5mod and 7 liter.  During those years he grew up watching great inboard drivers like Jim Kropfeld, Steve David, and Mark Tate, just to name a few.  At 14 years-old Wiggins started driving a 1 liter stock hydro which marked the start of a 17 year driving career.  Wiggins enjoyed success in 1 liter stock & mods, 2.5 stock & mod, Grand National Hydro, and Unlimited Lights.

In 2000, Wiggins got his dream chance to drive the U-6 ‘Miss Madison‘ but after being hurt in the Madison boat the first race and a blow-over two weeks later in Detroit in his Unlimited Light hull, Wiggins made the difficult decision to step away from driving.

After a two year break from boat racing Wiggins and his father decided to go racing again, but with a different driver in the seat.  Their first choice to replace Wiggins as driver was none other than Cal Phipps. Over the last 13 years,  Phipps as the primary driver, the Wiggins’ have competed in the Unlimited Lights, the newly formed “G” class and the Grand Prix Hydroplanes.

With Wiggins shifting his focus from driving, he has endeavored to learn more about hull setup, engines, gearboxes, propeller and composite fabrication.  He has spent significant time studying engineering material available on all of these subjects and leaned on hydroplane experts like Ron Jones, Sr. and Jr., Dixon Smith, Nate Brown, Tim Ries, Dale Van Wieringen and Doug Ford to gain as much knowledge as possible.  Over the last eight years Wiggins has focused on expanding their in-shop composite fabrication capabilities to support their Unlimited hydroplane racing ambitions.

So in 2015 Wiggins Racing purchased the former U-21 Unlimited Hydroplane from long-time driver and owner, Nate Brown and moved the operations from the Seattle area to Alabama.

Wiggins, being a perfectionist by nature, believes strongly that in racing “successful performance is directly related to proper preparation and that it’s important to ‘sweat the small stuff’.”  As the 2016 Unlimited season starts, Wiggins will lean on 18 years of driving experience and 21 years of race hull preparation to try his hand at crew chief of the Wiggins U-27 Unlimited Hydroplane.

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Spouse: Amie Wiggins
Occupation: Owner – Chase Building Group, Inc.
Education: B.S. in Building Construction, Auburn Univ.
Date of Birth: 4/29/69
Website: www.u27hydro.com
Phone: 205.368.2076

U-27 Wiggins RacingCrew
  • Jason Lowery – Chief Mechanic – Southside, AL
  • Mike “Spider” Jackson – Propellers and Turn Fin – Tinley Park, IL
  • Ed Cleveland – Engines & Gearboxes – Truck Driver – Walkerton, IN
  • Kent Block – Engines & Gearboxes
  • Rob Schommer – Computers & Electronics – Seattle, WA
  • Walter Hicks – composites and bodywork – Birmingham, AL
  • Alan Gladden– composites & mold carpentry – Center, AL
  • Mitch Moore – Race Site Media and Public Relations – Birmingham, AL
  • Owen Blauman – Sponsor Development, Branding & Photography – Seattle, WA
  • Scott Allen – Social Media and Sponsor Development – Detroit, MI
  • Scott Myers – Branding & Media Relations – Executive Director of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame – Birmingham, AL
  • Team Contact: Charley Wiggins – 205.368.2076 / Email
  • Team Website: www.u27hydro.com
  • Home Port: Rainbow City, AL
  • Boat Colors: Orange/Blue/White
  • Primary Sponsor:
  • Associate Sponsors:
  • Public Relations: Owen Blauman
  • Engine: Lycoming T-55/L-7 Turbine
  • 2016 Boat Points: 3143
  • 2016 Driver Points: 1160
  • 2016 Season Finish: 7th