It all begins with my good personal friend Brad Haskin, the man who had the initial idea of obtaining the 1979 Squire Shop hull and introduced it to my family. Brad also contributes as a crew member on the project, and his talents on rebuilding and fabricating the cowlings is truly amazing!
Doug Brown has been a huge asset to the project, though most of it out of the public eye. In order for us to buy the hull, we needed somewhere to store it until it could be restored………………and Doug was kind enough to do just that for us.
I can’t say enough about the hydroplane & Raceboat Museum folks, namely David Williams (Museum Director). Without Dave’s guidance and support, this project may have never got underway in the first place. Dave believed in us that we would explore every opportunity we could to secure funding, and to his somewhat surprise………we actually pulled it off.
The Boeing Company and its leadership group (you know who you are), to whom I have had the pleasure of working with for the past 22 years. Without their valued and continued encouragement in believing in me when nobody else did early on………………thank you so very much!
To the original Squire Shop crew……………….where do I even start? Bob Steil, Dave Knowlen, Dan Walters, Chip Hanauer, Cris Ginn, Don Beyer, Kelly Stocklin, and all the rest of you guys…………………you provided us with so much information on the project, words can’t say how grateful the team is for your contributions and support! It is because of you that we now have thousands of vintage photos, videos, original equipment, stories, and most of all……….your experiences to share and pass along to future generations to enjoy.
Dave Bartush, Kurt Karch, Jesse Rodocker, Boy Kayona, Scott Raney, Warner Costin, Bryan Mans, Denise Garl, and the late Dan Hoover all played huge roles that just don’t happen much in today’s world. Each of these people donated their time, effort, resources, and incredible dedication and generosity to contribute on this restoration. Because of these people, we were able to obtain original parts to the hull and the means of transporting them to us from all over the country.
Lon Ericson, Randy Eng, and Rob Jesselson………thank you for the media coverage. In a time when it’s very hard to get any media coverage of the sport of hydroplanes, you guys have done your part to at least help us promoite this specific project!
Of course I can’t not mention my family and friends, who have had to deal with my never ending quest for more knowledge and anything related to promoting this project. Thank you for understanding and making sacrifices of your own!
To all you fans out there, thank you for the encouragement and well wishes in our endeavor………….you’ve all helped out in ways you’ll never know!
And finally, to the restoration crew volunteers and those who have sacrificed so much of their time away from their families to make this project a reality. This project is every bit as much as yours as it is to our family, and it would not have been as much of a success up to this point without each and every one yours valued contributions. Tim Ramsay, Steve Compton, John Watkins, and all the rest of you who spend your Tuesdays and Saturdays making this dream a reality, words can’t express the appreciation Kristy, Carol, Ed, and myself have for your dedication.
We tip our hats off to you guys and may the project be as successful down the home stretch as we have been up to this point!
The best is yet to come!