U-40 Beacon Plumbing

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Dustin Echols
Dustin EcholsDriver

Dustin Echols had extensive experience in smaller limited class hydroplanes before his debut in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series in 2017, driving the U-440 Bucket List Racing entry. That boat was the smallest in the field and had a engine that was rated with less horsepower than the competition, but Echols and his team appeared at every points race last year. They ended their season in fourth-place in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series national points standings.

Echols took the 2022 season off to focus on supporting his daughter in her racing program, but got the call to rejoin the team in the U-40 in San Diego after the departure of Dave Villwock. Dustin has always admired the H1 Unlimited hydroplane class as the pinnacle of power boat racing and made driving a H1 Unlimited hydroplane an item on his bucket list – an item that is now a dream come true, driving one of the “big boats” in competition for the first time in San Diego.

Kelly & Sharon Stocklin
Kelly & Sharon StocklinOwners

Kelly and Sharon Stocklin teamed together to promote a more economical alternative to current forms of unlimited racing that is more suited to entry level and start-up teams. Together with Snuskitush Enterprises, they are helping promote the idea that new owners in unlimited racing can be successful competitors. In 2012, the Stocklins acquired one of the boats built for the G Class automotive series and is approved by H1 to run the boat as an unlimited using a Lycoming T-53 turbine power plant.
Kelly Stocklin is a local legend when it comes to boat racing. Stocklin’s racing resume dates back to 1974 and includes decades of competition in the major flat bottom classes, super stock, pro stock and pro comp. He was a long-time record holder in the pro stock category, part of the team that has set multiple runabout records in all classes. Kelly has been instrumental in the evolution and implementation of driver safety capsules in these classes.
In 1980, Kelly joined Squire Shop’s U2 unlimited team as crew member for four years. Shortly thereafter, he joined Ron Brown as an outside vendor on Budweiser’s first turbine attempt (T-1) while working in the nuclear energy field.
In 1997, Dave Villwock took over the Budweiser team and asked Kelly to join in starting a long-term, in-house propeller manufacturing project which ultimately produced the world’s fastest and most durable propellers. Today, Kelly and Dave continue to make the world’s fastest propellers.
In the early 1990’s, Stocklin’s first experience in the cockpit of a hydroplane came in the 7 liter class. He was an early participant in the Unlimited Light Class and long-time driver of Thunder Valley Racing’s supercharged UL.
At age 61, when most have retired, Kelly Stocklin started his driving career in the Unlimited class and was named the 2012 H1 Unlimited Rookie of the Year. Having accomplished that bucket list item, he was happy to hand over driving responsibilities to Dustin Echols. Kelly manufactures the team’s gear boxes and drive shafts, and continues to supply propellers for Bucket List Racing and other H1 race teams.

In addition, the Stocklins purchased a Lycoming T55 powered hydroplane from Go Fast Turn Left Racing in 2020 and are looking forward to racing the U 40 again this summer.

Beacon Plumbing
Beacon PlumbingPrimary Sponsor
Kelly & Sharon Stocklin with Bill Cahill

Kelly & Sharon Stocklin with Bill Cahill

“I have been a huge fan of the sport since I first saw Billy Schumacher win the 1967 APBA Gold Cup Seattle driving Miss Bardahl. From that day forward, I wanted to be involved in the sport. I never had the opportunity to drive outboards like so many of the great drivers did. Hard to say if I could have become a good driver, but we’ll never know.”

From 1967 to 1999, Bill Cahill worked at more than 65 jobs. “My first career was as an award-winning chef in Seattle, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Although I really loved preparing gourmet meals at some world-class restaurants, I knew that the life of a chef was not a stable means for me to provide for my family.”

For a few years, Bill worked as a meat cutter. While this career path was more stable than cooking, Bill moved into the plumbing world. “I worked for my brother Harry who was a master plumber. I thought that relationship would last forever, but I was wrong. After Harry fired me for a second time, I decided to launch my own plumbing company.”

With six dollars in his pocket and half a tank of gas in his plumbing truck, Bill started Beacon Plumbing. “I worked seven days a week, building Beacon Plumbing from nowhere in 1999 to the largest service plumber in the State of Washington in 2022.”

In 2004, Bill entered the sport as a sponsor. “Fred Leland made me a good deal, so I signed the contract to have a Miss Beacon Plumbing in Seattle.” Steve Hook piloted Miss Beacon Plumbing to a place in the winner-take-all final. “Having Miss Beacon Plumbing race in my home town was a dream-come-true.”

Bill Cahill’s next major racing came in 2006. “I sponsored Billy and Jane Schumacher’s U-37.” Miss Beacon Plumbing had a great year, winning the APBA Gold Cup, the Seattle Seafair race on Lake Washington, and the World Championship on San Diego’s Mission Bay.

After the relationship with the Schumachers came to an end, it appeared that Miss Beacon Plumbing would not appear on an unlimited hydroplane.

Bill is not your typical sponsor. At the races, he avoids the spotlight, deferring to his driver and the team. “I have my favorite place in Tri Cities at the west end of the race course. I like to watch our boat race without a huge crowd. There, I can make my own evaluations as to performance.”

After nearly ten years of looking for the best possible deal , Bill signed with Bucket List Racing. “I have always admired Dave Villwock. Not only is he a great driver, but he is a really hard worker. When I met Kelly, I liked him. He is a working man like me, so we have a lot in common. I am looking forward to seeing Miss Beacon Plumbing race this season!”

Snuskitush Enterprises
Snuskitush EnterprisesAssociate Sponsor

Snuskitush Enterprises is an investment group dedicated to benevolent endeavors with the goal of making lifetime dreams and wishes come true.

Martin Nelson & Company
Martin Nelson & CompanyAssociate Sponsor

Martin Nelson & Company is dedicated to helping our customers achieve their financial goals. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, we have the advantage of understanding the dynamic business environment of the Pacific Northwest as well as the new technologies that affect our region.

At Martin Nelson & Company, our knowledge and expertise will provide you with the best possible service.

1500 Westlake Ave N., #200
Seattle, WA 98109
Contact:
Fred Roebke
VP of Investment Services
206-695-7128

Taylor Evans
Taylor EvansCrew Chief

Taylor Evans of Beaver Lake, Washington, is Crew Chief of the U 40 program for the 2021 H1 Unlimited season.  Taylor joined the Bucket List Racing team at its inception in 2012.  His abilities, knowledge and responsibilities have increased each year.  The 440, then using the number U 18, was not available to Bucket List Racing for the 2013 race season.  Taylor joined the U 37 team midseason that year, and continued over winter and through the 2014 season, gaining valuable experience in the areas of hull repair and setup of a T-55 powered Unlimited Hydroplane.

Taylor rejoined Bucket List Racing during the winter of 2014 and crewed during the 2015 season. He began working for the team on a full-time basis in fall 2015 as Crew Chief of The 440. He is now responsible for all maintenance of and modifications to the U 40.

U-40 BUCKET LIST RACING PRESENTS MISS BEACON PLUMBING
U-40 BUCKET LIST RACING PRESENTS MISS BEACON PLUMBINGCrew

Kelly Stocklin
Sharon Stocklin
Taylor Evans
Mike Lemler
Dan Walters
Paul Notch
Rachel Alcala
Dustin Echols
Adam Bratvold
Bob Catipovic
Rachel Catipovic
Alex Bogert
Bob Burks
Clay Stocklin
Mike Stocklin

  • Founded: 2012
  • Home Port: Snohomish, Washington
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Driver Rookie Year: 1992
  • Boat Colors: Orange/Black
  • Builder: Dale Van Wieringen
  • Designer: Dale Van Wieringen
  • Crew Chief: Taylor Evans
  • Public Relations: Sharon Stocklin
  • Primary Sponsor: Beacon Plumbing
  • Associate Sponsor: Snuskitush Enterprises
  • Associate Sponsor: Martin Nelson & Co.
  • Length: 30 Feet
  • Width: 14 Feet
  • Weight: 6,500 Pounds
  • Engine: Lycoming T55/L-7 Turbine
  • 2021 Driver Points: 3199
  • 2021 Boat Points: 3199
  • 2021 Finish: 5th