Disclaimer: The following experiences are my opinion and mine alone, and it does NOT represent The Squire Shop team/crew or the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in any way.
With my announcement yesterday over on The Squire Shop restoration Facebook page concerning my recent purchase of the trailer the team will be using for The Squire Shop hull, here is how it all came to be.
I don’t want to focus much on the beginning part in this, but it is both relevant, necessary, and crucial to tell the whole story from the very beginning...
It all began with the hunt for the original 1979 Squire Shop trailer back in 2017, and the chance to bring it back to the boat where it all began. After months of trying to figure out the fate of the original trailer and where it eventually ended up, I learned it was last seen under the UR-5 Edge Gel hull in Tri-Cities. The Rutt brothers still owned it, and they had gotten it from Jerry Schoenith many years earlier in the early 90's. Jerry got it himself from The Squire Shop team shortly after they acquired the former Circus Circus hull in the early 80’s, and Jerry used it under the Miss Renault for a few years. You can see the journey that original trailer took in the 3 pictures below.
In the end, I was the one left with NOTHING due to circumstances out of my control. I wanted the trailer for obvious reasons, and the truck was identical to the one The Squire Shop team used as well......same make and model. See below.
My family and team gave me a ton of support to get over this and move on, but believe me.........it wasn't easy for me. My confidence and pride had been broken for a time, but my passion and determination made me stronger........I don't know how to quit.
There were other trailers out there we knew of, but I wanted one that looked as close to the original as possible. With that original trailer no longer an option, we set our sights on what other possibilities were out there. We wanted a trailer that only needed minimal work and maintenance, and quite honestly………looked amazing as well in design and overall condition. Our team deserved to have a quality trailer for The Squire Shop, so I made it my personal mission to not let them down and find one that fit the bill. It would be just as good as the original one....if not better.
After considering some of our options, none looked too promising for what we really wanted. We considered the Hopp one that came with the boat when we purchased it, the one under the former Lincoln Thrift hull currently owned by Greg O’Farrell, and one of the early 70’s Miss Madison trailers. All 3 of those particular trailers needed substantial work and upgrades……………but we wanted something pretty much ready to use right away. Besides, neither of them had “the look” we wanted and the time and investment required to “fix” them was not feasible anyway.
This is where Ed Cooper comes in…..
Once Jerry hit South Dakota, disaster truck…………………Jerry came into contact with a deer! In what could have easily been much worse, Jerry came out of it unscathed……………. but the truck suffered some damage and the deer was not so lucky. Jerry could not find the front license plate after the collision, and he believes it might be lodged in the deer's (well, you get the idea). The extent of the damage to the truck is unknown at this time, and we will evaluate it further once it returns home later this week.
So........all good things do come to those who wait I suppose. Patience is definitely a virtue I had to learn the hard way.
So this is basically how this all came together for us. But this has been about a 2 year process when you wrap all of this together in one combined time frame.
In no time at all, this will become the new Squire Shop trailer...........can't wait!
A big thank you goes out to my family for getting me through this, my crew for their support, the museum and everyone else who contributed in making this happen! Nobody can truly comprehend how much time, energy, and effort goes into pulling these types of things off sometimes. All most see is the finished product.