A recent post over at the "Hydroplane History" Facebook site has just revealed another couple key parts that we are definitely interested in for our restoration project.
Kurt Karch mentioned in one of the replies to that thread that he not only took a few famous photographs of the Squire Shop fire in Evanville (1981), but that he had two of the pieces from the drivers cowling as well. Kurt has agreed to donate them both toward the restoration, and we will splice these back into the new cowling upon arrival from Indiana out here to Seattle.
Thank you so very much Kurt, this will help us out tremendously! It is people like Kurt and many others out there that have contributed in so many ways in this effort that is the most amazing part in all of this.
Thank you all for your continued support!
Here are a couple pictures of the parts in question, Kurt's photo from the fire itself, and a YouTube video showing the fire coverage from local news broadcasts.
I'll have the latest restoration update posted by the end of the day too, so watch for it!
I have a unique post today about something that happened to my family and I a few days after Christmas last year. Due to legality and investigation issues with the Seattle Police Department, this "news story" was not authorized to be released publically until now.
I'm only posting this because it all began with a vintage Squire Shop crew shirt of all things. I had left a duffle bag of some items in my shed to be moved up into the attic for storage the night before, and I had planned to get them up there the following morning.
When I woke up to let my dogs out that morning to "do their business", I typically follow them out as well. It was then that I noticed one of my Squire Shop shirts laying on top of my garbage can. I knew I hadn't left it there, and was stumped on how it got there of all places. I asked my wife if she knew anything about it, and of course she didn't.
It was then that I knew something was wrong and I investigated further. After seeing numerous clues, we both immediately began reviewing our security camera footage to see what may have happened........the rest is history.
Since this incident, we have added additional safety and security measures to at least make it a lot harder for anyone who may try something like this again.
My wife is still pretty spooked over the whole ordeal, but we'll survive and get past it with time.
Anyhow, I thought it was worth posting regardless....................you just never know what can happen out there!
Brad Haskin is in the final stages of the drivers cowling rebirth, as his hard work is starting to shine through..........amazing!
As the "Circus Circus" cowling is getting to close to have a new mold reproduced for the Squire Shop, the team can't imagine where this project would be without Brad's incredible talents and craftsmanship he brings to the project!
The rest of the team is chugging away as usual, and they are getting closer and closer to putting the aluminum skins on the non-trip sections. The skid fin bracket assembly is going well, as are the sponson details.
Good work gang!
Here is a quick comparison to the original Squire Shop cowling as built, as obtained from Dave Bartush a few years ago, the rebuild process, up to as it looks today.........awesome!
Every now and then you come across stuff on Ebay that just screams "buy me"! This item that I purchased for the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum definitely fits the bill.
You are looking at a super rare "official" Western Gear hydroplane gearbox service manual for the very gearbox we use on the Squire Shop V-12 Rolls Royce "Merlin" engine. As soon as I saw it, I snatched it up. Early indicators imply this likely originated from the Slo-Mo-Shun V team sometime back in the 50's.
An amazing find and acquisition no doubt, and it's something we can still use to this day.
PS: I'll have the next restoration posted by the end of the weekend, stay tuned...
I have added another 900 or so pictures to the vintage photo gallery, some real gems in there. You can see what I added in the following sections:
1979 Squire Shop hull: Volume III & IV 1980 Squire Shop hull: Volume III & IV Bob Steil: Volume III Chip Hanauer: Volume III Crew: Volume VI Employees: Volume IV Fans: Volume IV Company Picnics: Volume V & VI Miss Seafair 1978 / 1979 (added to existing pics) Display Hulls: Volume IV U-64 & U-65 (new page) Mickey Remund (new page) Atlas / Squire hull (new page) Custom Models: (added to color pics) Retail Stores: Volume II, II & IV Misc.: Volume IV, V & VI