With the loss of Fred Farley, there is a huge void in the hydroplane world in terms of compiled hydroplane statistics. I learn a little bit each day about The Squire Shop heritage and history, but some things I just can't get concrete information on.
Here are a couple things I'm hoping someone out there can help me out with, the little details.
1) Who was the crew chief in 1977 when Jerry Bangs was the driver of the U-64 "Squire"?
2) The Squire Shop team used display boats throughout most of its racing career, which were various versions of the U-64 (hull id: 1976-64) and the U-65 (hull id: 1976-55) hulls.
Can someone confirm which of these two boats were used as display's only for what years?
3) Here's the hardest one.........
Can you name ALL the crew members who were ever on a Squire team, AND for what years they were on them?
Here's a list of names I have so far, but I still need to confirm what seasons they were on.
Bob Espland, Cris Ginn, Jerry Zuvich, Larry Stenbakken, Dan Walters, Kelly Stocklin, Kraig Duncan, Bob Steil Jr., Jon Courtright, Mark Weiner, Leo Vandenberg, Jim Harvey, Don Beyer, Kevin Stich, Bill Penland, Mike Campbell, Steve Olsen, Chip Hanauer, Jerry Bangs, Earle Hall, Tom D'Eath, Mickey Remund, Pete LaRock.
In our latest update (#26), Bob Steil was on hand at the annual Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum's season kickoff event "Hydro Fever" this past Saturday.
As the Squire Shop crew continued working on the hull (even with all the distractions around them), Tim Ramsay asked Bob to "lend a hand" in gluing up the engine stringer for vacuum sealing.
As you can see in the picture, Bob had a blast "helping out".
The team decided to make a mockup that morning for the crowd that would be attending the event to see the progress they had been making. And for the first time, we had the rough shape of a boat right before our eyes.
The team is making the final preparations to prepare for the jig, and things will really get interesting once that happens.
We should be getting those parts from Detroit this week sometime as well, and I'll post pictures once we get them.
Were always looking for extra volunteers as well, so drop on in and you can experience this awesome ride along with us............no worries, we'll guide you along the way.
I mentioned a while ago about the vertical stabilizers and gearbox case being delivered to the U-1 Miss Madison team. Those parts have now been loaded into the team’s hauler and will be delivered to Seattle in a little over a week.
As Dan Hoover (U-1 crew chief) put it to us, our “Britannia bell bottom pants parts” are loaded and ready to go.
A very special thanks go out to Warner Costin, Dan Hoover, and the rest of the U-1 team for helping out in this effort!
For those of you who entered the U-21 "design a hydroplane paint scheme" contest, I wish you all the best of luck in having your design chosen.
I love anything to do with designing paint schemes, especially hydroplanes. I've made a few "fantasy" model hydroplanes over the years just for fun, notably the U-4 "Miss Mello Yello" (based on the Nascar version from the "Days of Thunder" movie), the U-47 "Miss Hawaiian Punch" (metallic red base, baby blue accents, with white trim), and the U-33 "Miss Country Time Lemonade" (fluorescent pink/yellow combination base, with white and black trim) to name a few of my favorites over the years.
These were never actually real boats, but I'd always wondered what they could have looked like.........so I made them for curiosity sake if nothing else.
So naturally, I jumped all over this contest. I entered last year as well, but I'm told I came in a very close 2nd............but it was a blast anyway. So I stepped it up a little more this year, and I made 4 different paint schemes. I just enjoy seeing what I can come up with.
Here were my 4 entries, and the reasoning behind how I came up with them.
This was my first design I came up with, as it began as a tribute to the RED/Gold/White Miss Budweiser designs of old...............which evolved into what you see today.
I added in touches of checkerboard to coincide with the vertical fins. The design on the sponsons sort of just came together on the fly, with no plan going in.
This design was inspired by various hard rock guitars used throughout the 80's, as I've always liked the "grab your attention" look.
This is one paint scheme that was created for the fans, in honor of such fan favorites as the U-8 "Tide" and U-6 "Frosted Flakes". People always talk about those iconic paint schemes of the past, I'm sure this one would be no different.
This design was inspired by two paint schemes of the past, the U-22 "Sunny Jim" and the U-00 "Miller American".
If a sponsor wanted to showcase their logo itself with maximum exposure, this is surely one way to do it...........over and over.
This design was created more as a goof than anything, and I only submitted it because it was finished. I wasn't too impressed with the overall design when I got done, but there are some qualities I really liked.......and some I wasn't too keen on.
I really liked the "spider" like design on the deck and cowling, which was loosely based on the war paint design of the former professional wrester "The Ultimate Warrior".
The sponsons were intended to utilize the solid canards into the design, but took on a mid-evil type look instead as I colored it. I never got around to changing it to something more to my liking, but I submitted it anyway as it was.
If I were to have tweaked it, I would have added a subtle/slanted "dual strip" effect instead to the sponson tips...........nothing to elaborate. It would have focused more on the spider design itself, than washing it out...............I wanted to enhance that design, not overpower it.
So these are the designs I came up with, and it was a lot of fun to do..............who knows, maybe one of them will be coming to shoreline near you later this summer!
Former Squire Shop crew member Steve Olsen shared the following photos with me awhile back, and now I'm sharing them with you. I'll add them to the photo gallery on the main site soon.........but there here now for you to check out.
There's a variety of pictures, mostly of the 1982-00 hull and of the teams display hull. There is even a couple rare pictures of various other boats in "retired" conditions.
As the repairs are nearly complete on the engine cowling, Brad Haskin's focus is now being transitioned over to the drivers cowling. But first, a history lesson is in order.
To the best of our knowledge, there was only 1 Circus Circus drivers cowling ever made. The original Squire Shop one burned up and was replaced with an exact duplicate from the same mold.
The 2nd Squire Shop cowling was destroyed from the crash in 1981.
The 3rd and final Squire Shop cowling was used on the teams display boat (which was the former U-55 Lincoln Thrift)
The original Circus Circus drivers cowling is the one we have and will repair/restore. It was used later on the U-77 Spirit of the Air Force and the U-2 The Squire Shop (final race of the 1981 season only) before being cutup and made into a plug for a new narrower mold.
There is even evidence on the cowling today that shows all versions of paint schemes,so we can confirm this is the one that originated from the Circus Circus.
Below, you will see the cowling that was narrowed, as well as made taller (eliminating most of the windshield areas).
The flashing on the bottom perimeter would later be cut off and bonded to the deck. This new cowling still exists today on the Circus Circus hull.
Here is the condition of the cowling once we obtained possession of it a couple years ago.
And here is how it looks today, as Brad Haskin and the gang have just started tearing back into it!