Hydroplane History


We are here to celebrate unlimited hydroplane racing, with particular emphasis on the "Golden Age" of the '50's and '60's.

This is the new site for Hydroplane History which is currently located at www.lesliefield.com. All the material from the old site is being updated and recoded to modern web standards.

In addition, lots more articles and stats, previously unseen, will be added.

Finally, this will be a showcase for hydroplane related video, both from my personal collection and from partnership with other hydro enthusiasts.

NOTE: This site is still in development and many of the sections are not yet filled. The rollout should be complete by some time late in 2018.

August 2018


UPDATES (most recent first):

October 4, 2018

Statistics completely filled in from 1903 through 1934. Many race descriptions article add from that period. More complete race descriptions and images to follow eventually. Now a total of 4538 pages on the website.

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September 8, 2018

Filling in many more races, at least with statistics; complete up through 1922. A total of 4255 pages, in all. Will probably continue to fill in, methodically, toward the post-WWII races (which have pretty good coverage).

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August 18, 2018

Many more pages added for 1908 and 1909. Added complete stats for 1903 and 1904. Will now add stats for 1905 through 1909. Then will move on to later race descriptions and many pages for the biographical section. 3884 pages total.

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August 9, 2018

Many pages from 1907 added, 3673 pages total.

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August 1, 2018

A couple hundred more pages in Early Races, most race descriptions of 1903-1906 competions. Photos there to be added later. Working forward towards the present. 3582 pages total.

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July 15, 2018

More pages added to Other; many additions to Records (under Races). 3370 pages total.

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July 7, 2018

More pages added to Other; many additions to Records (under Races). 3239 pages, 2359 images total.

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June 27, 2018

Added many pages in Other section; tables for boats by name or number. Total pages 3041.

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June 14, 2018

Added more than 100 pages in the Personalities section (including a photo gallery of Mira Slovak), a new section of Records (under the Races Tab).

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June 6, 2018

Lots of new pages from 2000-2018; many galleries of photos. Now up to a total of 2885 pages

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May 18, 2018

First upload of the year but with it added many hundreds of new articles and photos. Now up to a total of 2777 pages. Added a large block of articles and photos for 2011-2018. Next block planned: 1990-2010.

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October 2, 2017

Continuing the 1946-1948 fills and photos. Up to to a total of 2046 pages.

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September 19, 2017

Filling in many new pages and adding photos, especially 1946-1948. Up to to a total of 1986 pages.

Focussing on 1946 to 1950 right now; will subsequently move on to 1951 through 1989 adding new pages and filling with photos along the way. After that adding new pages from 1990+.

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July 19, 2017

Articles and stats for races through 1989 now uploaded, a total of 1875 pages.

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July 11, 2017

Articles and stats for races through 1988 now uploaded, a total of 1760 pages.

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June 30, 2017

Articles and stats for races through 1987 now uploaded, a total of 1604 pages.

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June 21, 2017

Articles and stats for races through 1986 now uploaded, a total of 1488 pages.

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March 28, 2017

Articles and stats for races through 1979 now uploaded, a total of 1200 pages.

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February 18, 2017

Articles and stats for races through 1973 now uploaded, a total of 1045 pages.

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January 31, 2017

Articles and stats for races through 1967 now uploaded, a total of 874 pages.

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January 17, 2017

Articles and statistics covering races from 1946 through 1962 have been entered -- more than 700 pages (!). Right now, this is text only -- photographs and other images will be added later.

Go to Races --> 1946-1949, Races --> 1950-1959, Races --> 1960-1969 etc. from the dropdown menu above (or simply click on these links). There you will see pages of links to individual races.

For coverage that includes more than one article you will see a Select Related Article . . . dropdown option that will take you to the other pages.

Much of this material is coming over from the old Hydroplane History website (www.lesliefield.com) but it also includes considerably more statistics. Every page has been reformatted and brought up to current coding standards.

After the transfer and updating of old files is complete (some time in the next few months) I'll start adding some of the thousands of additional articles, photographs and video I have yet to ready for uploading.