Bert Henderson
Bert HendersonDriver
Bert Henderson got his introduction to h1 Unlimited racing during the 2017 Detroit President’s Cup/Gold Cup weekend in the U-7 Spirit of Detroit of Detroit owner Dave Bartush.

A native of Brockville, Ontario, Canada, Henderson brings decades of boat racing experience to the wheel, having been racing and winning in the Grand Prix ranks for years. He built and drives the GP-777 Steeler in the Canadian GP series.

Dave Bartush
Dave BartushOwner

Prior to moving up to the Unlimiteds in 2005,  Dave Bartush  raced since 1997 in the very competitive 5 liter class.  Along with a partner, raced the only 3 boat team on the APBA inboard circuit, and was co-owner of the 5 liter 1999 APBA National high points champion.

Became the first and only team in APBA history to win all 3 top spots in a National event, pulling off this feat at the 1999 North American Championship in front of a hometown crowd on the Detroit River.

Bartush Served 4 years in the US Air Force and Graduated from Loyola University, New Orleans with a BA with a Major in Accounting.

He is an avid history buff and long time collector of vintage race cars. He also maintains a large collection of unlimited hydroplanes for future Detroit development.

More information on the team can be found at

YearDateCityDriverFinishBoat #Boat NameQual.Race
20127/8/2012MadisonCal PhippsDNSU-13Spirit Of Detroit130.000(0)
7/15/2012DetroitCal PhippsDNSU-13Tubby’S000.000
20107/4/2010MadisonCal Phipps8thU-13Spirit Of Detroit147.352
7/11/2010DetroitCal Phipps7thU-13Miss D.Y.C. (1)152.001
7/25/2010Tri-CitiesCal Phipps8thU-13Spirit Of Detroit156.296
8/8/2010SeattleCal Phipps10thU-13Miss Jillians141.723
9/19/2010San DiegoCal Phipps12thU-13Spirit Of Detroit145.656
20086/29/2008EvansvilleJ. Michael Kelly7thU-13Graham Trucking (4)144.837
7/13/2008DetroitJ. Michael KellyNo ContestU-13Miss D.Y.C. (1)142.052
7/27/2008Tri-CitiesJ. Michael Kelly10thU-13Graham Trucking (4)158.699
8/1/2008SeattleJ. Michael Kelly7thU-13Graham Trucking (4)148.545
9/20/2008San DiegoJ. Michael Kelly5thU-13Graham Trucking (4)155.755127.189
20077/1/2007EvansvilleJ. Michael Kelly6thU-13Spirit Of Detroit148.270
7/8/2007MadisonJ. Michael Kelly3rdU-13Spirit Of Detroit148.473135.816
7/15/2007DetroitJ. Michael Kelly3rdU-13Spirit Of Detroit155.379
7/29/2007Tri-CitiesJ. Michael Kelly4thU-13Spirit Of Detroit151.911
8/5/2007SeattleJ. Michael Kelly3rdU-13Miss Car Pros (2)138.448134.793
9/16/2007San DiegoJ. Michael Kelly5thU-13Spirit Of Detroit151.757115.753
20067/16/2006DetroitJ. Michael KellyDNQU-13Acura Of BellevueDNQ
7/30/2006Tri-CitiesJ. Michael Kelly12thU-13Acura Of Bellevue151.374
8/6/2006SeattleJ. Michael Kelly12thU-13Acura Of Bellevue132.897
20057/17/2005DetroitTerry Troxell1stU-13Miss Al Deeby Dodge (3)131.044132.315
7/31/2005Tri-CitiesTerry Troxell7thU-13Spirit Of Detroit130.000( 1)
8/7/2005SeattleTerry Troxell8thU-13Sportboat Northwest.Com140.723
9/11/2005NashvilleTerry Troxell3rdU-13Spirit Of Detroit152.033135.036
9/18/2005San DiegoTerry Troxell3rdU-13Spirit Of Detroit149.732119.966
Crew Chief: Bill Guckian
Interim Crew Chief: Jeff Bernard

Derek Aben
Jamie Auld
Dave Bartush
Len Bartush
Dean Boike
Tom Kelly
Doug Peterson
Sam Stechishen
Chip VanAntwerp
Andrew “Goober” Werling

Home Port: Detroit, Michigan
Boat Colors: Red
Engine: Lycoming T55 L7C
2015 Boat Points: N/A
2015 Driver Points: N/A
2015 Season Finish: N/A