1996 Season Summary

Statistics

1. May 5 Gila River Casino Unlimited Cup Phoenix, Arizona
2. June 1-2 Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup Detroit, Michigan
3. June 9 Kansas City Hydrofair Kansas City, Missouri
4. June 30 Pontiac Thunder On The Ohio Evansville, Indiana
5. July 7 Budweiser Indiana Governor's Cup Madison, Indiana
6. July 28 Budweiser Columbia Cup Kennewick, Washington
7. August 4 Texaco Cup at Seafair Seattle, Washington
8. August 11 Molson Thunderfest Kelowna, British Columbia
9. September 15 San Diego Bayfair Bill Muncey Cup San Diego, California
  September 22 Las Vegas Exhibition [no points] Boulder City, Nevada
10. October 13 JN Automotive Hydrofest Honolulu, Hawaii

 

  Winner Crew Chief Designer Builder Engine Course Distance
5/5 PICO American Dream (1) Danny Walters Fred Leland Ken Dryden Lycoming 1⅝ Miles 17⅞ Miles
6/2 PICO American Dream (1) Danny Walters Fred Leland Ken Dryden Lycoming 2½ Miles 35 Miles
6/9 Smokin' Joe's (1) Jim Lucero Lucero-Jones Lucero-Jones Lycoming 2 Miles 28 Miles
6/30 PICO American Dream (2) Ken Dryden Fred Leland Fred Leland Lycoming 2 Miles 28 Miles
7/7 Smokin' Joe's (1) Jim Lucero Lucero-Jones Lucero-Jones Lycoming 2½ Miles 35 Miles
7/28 PICO American Dream (2) Ken Dryden Fred Leland Fred Leland Lycoming 2½ Miles 35 Miles
3/4 PICO American Dream (1) Ken Dryden Fred Leland Ken Dryden Lycoming 2 Miles 28 Miles
8/11 PICO American Dream (1) Ken Dryden Fred Leland Ken Dryden Lycoming 2 Miles 18 Miles
9/15 Miss Budweiser (20) Ron Brown Brown-Jones Ron Brown Lycoming 2½ Miles 35 Miles
10/13 Miss Budweiser (20) Ron Brown Brown-Jones Ron Brown Lycoming 2½ Miles 35 Miles

 

  Built Boat High Points Total Team Points
1. (1987) Smokin' Joe's (1) 11703 (3)
2. (1995) Miss Budweiser (20) 9697 (2-12118)
3. (1988) De Walt Tools 9330 (4)
4. (1993) Dole Cannery 8528 (5)
5. (1993) PICO American Dream (1) 8301 (1-13278)
6. (1996) PICO American Dream (2) 5427  
7. (1984) Miss Exide (4) 4662 (6)
8. (1992) Performance Mortgage Appian Jeronimo (2) 4370 (7-3393)
9. (1996) Miss Vons (2) 3016 (8)
10. (1988) Mill Bay Casino 2835 (9)
11. (1982) Computers & Applications (2) 2574 (10)
12. (1996) Miss Budweiser (21) 2421  
13. (1988) Pfleuger Honda 2147 (Id
14. (1994) Spring Air Mattress 1878 (12)
15. (1992) Miss Exide II 1184 (14)
16. (1995) Miss E-Lam Plus (2) 990 (15)
17. (1990) Appian Jeronimo (1) 225 (13-1202)
18. (1989) Outback Aussie Endeavor 95 (16)
19. (1990) Smokin' Joe's (2) 000  

 

  Driver High Points Total
1. Dave Villwock 13728
2. Mark Tate 11703
3. Mark Evans 9693
4. Mike Hanson 9330
5. Steve David 8528
6. Mike Jones 3818
7. Jimmy King 3526
8. Mitch Evans 3287
9. Scott Pierce 3016
10. Ken Muscatel 2574
11. Rick Christensen 1878
12. Chip Hanauer 1570
13. Mark Weber 1268
14. Nate Brown 990
15. Larry Lauterbach 948
16. Mike Eacrett 583
17. Ken Dryden 469
18. Tom Hindley 225
18. Todd Yarling 225
20. Dennis Parker 95

 

  Previous Names
1. Miller American (2), Miller High Life (2), Miss Circus Circus (4), Winston Eagle (3)
3. Holset Miss Madison (2) , Holset Miss Mazda, Holset Miss U.S. Star, Gaylord's At Kilohana, Valvoline Miss Madison, Kellogg's Tony The Tiger, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, Miss Madison (5), Miss Jasper Engines
4. Miss T-Plus (2), Miss D.O.C. Acuvue (3), Jim Harvey Motorsports, ARC Construction (6), Trendwest Resorts, Miss KISS 106, Molson Jackhammer
5- Miss Rock KISW-FM (6), Coors Light, Spirit of Hawaii, American Dream
7. Atlas Van Lines (11), Miller American (1), Miller High Life (1), Race Rock Motor City Diner, ARC Construction (4), Spirit of San Diego, American Spirit (L), Miss Circus Circus (5)
8. The Brake Shop (2), Lytle State Rep., Miss U.A.W., Miss Hanalei Hotel, Dallas Motor Coach, ARC Construction (5), Tide's American Spirit, American Spirit (2), Miss Wellness Plan (2), Buehler's Buy Low, Kroeger's, Appian Renegade, Miss Rock KISW-FM (5), Miss Vons, Miss Columbia Communications, Waffle Housi Miss Jennifer, Miss Welborn Health Plans, Miss R.S. Eastin Hotels
9. Chaplin's Bellevue Mazda,
10. Risley's, Seaco Aviation Fuels (2), Holset Miss Madison (3), Miss D.O.C. (2), Miss Chiro Choice, Miss Met/ Lax, Oberto Wild Waves, Oh Boy! Oberto Beef, Oh Boy! Oberto Pork (2), Oh Boy! Oberto (7), Poly Dyn, Miss D.O.C. Ray Ban, Alvey's American Eagle, A-2 Communications, Cooper Express, Spirit of Lake Chelan, Kendall Motor Oil, Master Tire/Holset Turbo, Holset Turbos, Roostertail (2), Master Tire
11. Atlas Van Lines (10), Spirit of America, Squire Shop (4), Oh Boy! Oberto (6), The Brake Shop (L), ARC Construction (3), Harvey Motor Sports, Miss T-Plus (1), Target Stores (2)
13. Mr. Pringles (2), Executone (4), Ellis Park, Super Range Golf, Ultra Bold Dash, Tide, Pizza Time/Exide Lynnwood Honda
14. International News, Phoenix Spirit, Miss A.P.B.A., Miss K.C., Miss Busler, Miss Kasey, Miss Cascade Homes, Miss Bayfair, Miss JN Automotive, Ron's Rods & Customs, Miss Wellness Plan Too, U-7 Racing, Cost Less Carpet
15. Coors Dry, Miss Circus Circus (7)
17. ARC Construction Special, Easter Seals, Jackpot Food Mart (2), Miss KPOI, Miss KPOI Gaylord's Kauai, Miss Pog, Taco Time, Miss Sprint, Appian Renegade (2)
19. Winston Eagle (2)

 

Speed Profile '96 [Pt.1]
      5-5 6-2 6-9 6-30 7-7
  Completion %
Full Season - Rank
  Phoenix 1⅝ Detroit 2½ Kansas 2 Evnsvle 2 Madison 2½
1. Smokin' Joe's (1) Test 141.808 168.707 155.132 162.388 162.649
.888 - 5th Lap 135.166 152.515 149.822 150.232 150.446
  Heat 131.725 149.823 147.684 148.745 147.869
( Finals Finished 6 of 6 )            
2. PICO American Dream (1) Test 149.269 162.502 148.976   161.926
1.000 Lap 141.577 152.181     149.244
1.000 - 1st Heat 140.851 149.328     145.738
( Finals Finished 5 of 5 )            
3. PICO American Dream (2) Test     155.692 159.067  
1.000 Lap     145.894 151.982  
  Heat     142.745 148.659  
(Finals Finished 3 of 4 )            
4. Miss Budweiser (20) Test 148.334 162.191 154.965 155.878 159.906
.933 Lap 143.128 150.628 145.802   147.548
.947 - 4th Heat 139.760 148.772 144.579   142.575
(Finals Finished 6 of 7 )            
5. Miss Budweiser (21) Test 160.717 148.822 155.682 154.884
1.000 Lap       144.396  
  Heat       142.165  
(Finals Finished 2 of 2 )            
6. Jim Harvey Motorsports Test   153.624 146.765 150.128 150.625
.972 - 3rd Lap   142.721 136.003 140.526 144.143
  Heat   138.155 134.985 139.223 140.309
(Finals Finished 8 of 8 )            
7. De Walt Tools Test 136.031 150.400 145.349 147.095 149.207
.972 - 2nd Lap 131.736 139.352 133.484 135.624 138.810
  Heat 128.638 136.927 131.035 132.180 135.498
(Finals Finished 7 of 8 )            
8. Lynnwood Honda Test          
.833 Lap          
  Heat          
(Finals Finished 2 of 3 )            
9. Chaplin's Bellevue Mazda Test          
Miss Vons (2) Lap          
.736 Heat          
(Finals Finished 1 of 3 )            
10. Appian Jeronimo (2) Test 135.599 152.027 141.069 142.242 143.467
U-99.9 Lap 132.563 142.816 139.419 139.600 135.030
.735 - 7th Heat 126.794 140.823 137.465 134.857 130.607
( Finals Finished 4 of 4            
11. Computers & Applications (2) Test     133.425 137.360 139.793
.687 - 8th Lap     137.083 138.283 129.633
  Heat     132,664 137.410 127.782
( Finals Finished 2 of 4            
12. Miss E-Lam Plus (2) Test          
.857 Lap          
  Heat          
( Finals Finished 0 of 0            
13. Appian Jeronimo (1) Test          
.333 Lap          
  Heat          
(Finals Finished 0 of 0            
14. Mill Bay Casino Test 119.578 144.071 132.458 136.387  
Spirit of Lake Chelan .653 - 9Th Lap Heat 115.912 109.423 114.812 111.927 132.636 128.845 119.247 114.887 117.790 116.449
( Finals Finished 0 of 0            
15. Miss Exide (4) Test 133.045 140.174 138.058 132.509 134.056
.777 - 6th Lap 106.640 131.988 116.629 110.297 118.872
  Heat 102.273 129.578 113.171 101.227 116.626
(Finals Finished 0 of 2            
16. Miss Wellness Plan Too Test 112.452 135.101 126.901 133.331 126.406
U-7 Racing Lap   120.366 122.794 112.015 111.055
.611 Heat 110.415 117.071 108.595 102.548
(Finals Finished 0 of 1            
17. Miss Exide II Test          
.888 Lap          
  Heat          
(Finals Finished 0 of 0            
18. Outback Aussie Endeavor Test          
. 500 Lap          
  Heat          
( Finals Finished 0 of 0            

 

[Speed Profile '96 Pt.2]
      7-28 8-4 8-11 9-15 10-13 2½ Mile
  Completion %
Full Season - Rank
  Pasco 2½ Seattle 2 Kelowna 2 S.Diego 2½ Hawaii 2½ Course Optimum
1. Smokin' Joe's (1) Test 166.027 156.301 157.044 165.627 164.983 168.707
.888 - 5th Lap 160.910 141.482 140.324 158.792 151.574 160.910
  Heat 156.830 138.643 133.523 157.367 146.698 157.367
( Finals Finished 6 of 6 )              
2. PICO American Dream (1) Test   111.991 152.886   154.903 162.502
1.000 Lap   138.193 142.707   150.243 152.181
1.000 - 1st Heat   134.070 138.877   144.019 149.328
( Finals Finished 5 of 5 )              
3. PICO American Dream (2) Test 168.055 156.150 157.995   167.986   168.055
1.000 Lap       159.422   159.422
  Heat 149.477     152.470   153.@@@
(Finals Finished 3 of 4 )              
4. Miss Budweiser (20) Test 162.482 152.088 151.569 164.465 160.734 164.465
.933 Lap 153.035   143.315 155.524 151.610 155.524
.947 - 4th Heat 148.143   140.741 151.425 149.187 151.425
(Finals Finished 6 of 7 )              
5. Miss Budweiser (21) Test 158.537 152.749       160.717
1.000 Lap   142.138       149.@@@
  Heat   141.080       147.@@@
(Finals Finished 2 of 2 )              
6. Jim Harvey Motorsports Test 155.497 141.493 144.245 150.434 151.281 155.497
.972 - 3rd Lap 146.073 129.510 135.527 153.633 141.064 153.633
  Heat 143.869 125.603 130.884 149.386 133.492 149.386
(Finals Finished 8 of 8 )              
7. De Walt Tools Test 154.639 146.231 147.420 156.860 153.788 156.860
.972 - 2nd Lap 147.565 131.933 138.092 149.229 145.339 149.229
  Heat 144.325 131.171 135.542 147.153 143.078 147.153
(Finals Finished 7 of 8 )              
8. Lynnwood Honda Test 151.271 141.243     150.784 151.271
.833 Lap 147.299 121.572     137.109 147.299
  Heat 143.638 119.601     133.404 143.638
(Finals Finished 2 of 3 )              
9. Chaplin's Bellevue Mazda Test 146.908 140.661 141.113 155.658 154.340 155.658
Miss Vons (2) Lap 139.149 127.251 130.489 142.241 139.050 142.241
.736 Heat 137.551 124.521 129.536 140.903 138.465 140.903
(Finals Finished 1 of 3 )              
10. Appian Jeronimo (2) Test 147.856 133.891   137.889 143.367 152.027
U-99.9 Lap 137.503 124.954   137.632 138.113 144. 000
.735 - 7th Heat 129.917 123.694   128.881   142.000
( Finals Finished 4 of 4              
11. Computers & Applications (2) Test 149.410 143.275 144.491 150.567 146.163 150.567
.687 - 8th Lap 136.436 126.238 127.966 139.295 138.500 143.000
  Heat 133.298 93.271 125.534 125.967 137.582 142.000
( Finals Finished 2 of 4              
12. Miss E-Lam Plus (2) Test 148.295 140.315       148.295
.857 Lap 139.978 125.451       139.978
  Heat 138.528 121.423       138.528
( Finals Finished 0 of 0              
13. Appian Jeronimo (1) Test 148.687         148.687
.333 Lap 136.604         136.604
  Heat 136.015         136.014
(Finals Finished 0 of 0              
14. Mill Bay Casino Test 146.242 138.515 130.149     146.242
Spirit of Lake Chelan .653 - 9Th Lap Heat 133.853 127.770 111.940 106.078 126.651 119.712 126.042 122.775   137.000 133.000
( Finals Finished 0 of 0              
15. Miss Exide (4) Test 139.686 132.962 127.544 134.076 130.382 143.000
.777 - 6th Lap 129.840 120.765 126.500 128.195 108.631 131.988
  Heat 122.777 106.977 119.343 124.165 105.050 129.578
(Finals Finished 0 of 2              
16. Miss Wellness Plan Too Test 135.414         138.000
U-7 Racing Lap 124.761         127.000
.611 Heat 122.936         122.936
(Finals Finished 0 of 1              
17. Miss Exide II Test 133.893 128.907 125.804     133.893
.888 Lap 124.153 105.088 111.813     124.153
  Heat 121.102 86.892 108.898     121.102
(Finals Finished 0 of 0              
18. Outback Aussie Endeavor Test 127.226 130.255       135.000
. 500 Lap   113.447       118.000
  Heat   110.275       110.275
( Finals Finished 0 of 0              

 

1996

For 1996 the "Unlimiteds" would be limited to a fuel flow of 4.3 gallons per minute down from 4.7. This was in a further effort to save engine parts, limit speed and thereby narrow competition.

Some obsevers thought that 4.7 gallons per minute did not save that many engine parts.

Also in 1996 all turbines would be required to weigh 6200 lbs. up from 6000. Most leading entries had no trouble making 6000 lbs., but some of the lighter ones would be sensitive to the new 6200 lbs. restriction.

The Budweiser team built another hull for the new limitations known as Turbine V [T-5]. According to Bernie Little Turbine IV [T-4] was not a front runner due to the fuel restrictions of 1994 let alone those of 1996. Turbine III 95 [T-3] was still Budweiser's number one boat as Turbine II [T-2] was on display duty.

Smokin' Joe's retained their sponsorship, however Jim Harvey lost T-Plus. PICO American Dream stood to benefit from increased technical assistance from their Detroit sponsor. They also had a new lighter, wider hull to best deal with the new rule changes.

The hydros started out again at Phoenix with its short course and different eight boat format. In 1995 lane two was favored, but in 1996 lane one would be the place to be. In another change lane choice for the championship heat would be determined by elapsed time in the preliminary heats. Except for Waffle House beating De Walt Tools in heat 1-B, the inside entry always triumphed.

Miss Budweiser 1995 lost lane choice for the final heat by hitting a buoy in her heat 2-C victory being required to run an extra lap. If this was not enough Budweiser incurred another lap penalty for striking a buoy leaving the pits to start the championship heat. PICO American Dream led Miss Budweiser at the end of five laps to win the Gila River Casino Unlimited Cup.

Miss Budweiser was off to a good start in defending her Gold Cup championship at Detroit by beating PICO in 1-A taking the heat by nine seconds. PICO American Dream won heat 2-B and then its only real opposition was eliminated in the initial turn of heat 2-B when Miss Budweiser crashed into Smokin' Joe's. Joe was out for the duration, but Budweiser came back in heat 3-B to gain a first with Mark Evans at the wheel. Evans got 149 m.p.h. out of the boat in contrast to Chip Hanauer's 150, however he was seven seconds behind the winning PICO American Dream in the final heat whereas Hanauer led PICO by the aformentioned nine seconds' in' 1-A.

After the Gold Cup Chip Hanauer like Jim Kropfeld in 1989 had some reservations as to how the Budweiser hull was set up. He did not feel confortable in the boat and resigned his position as driver.

Since 1992 Chip Hanauer had had five significant accidents with Miss Budweiser as opposed to none with Fran Muncey from 1982 to 1988, one with Circus Circus (89-90} and one with Squire Shop during his tenure from 1978 to 1981. Steve Woomer’s boat went over once from 1992 to 1996 as had Jim Harvey's T-Plus.

Smokin' Joe's had four m.p.h. on Miss Budweiser and PICO American Dream at Kansas City and won the Hydrofair by five seconds in the determinative encounter. PICO American Dream was next followed by Miss Budweiser. Smokin' Joe's was defeated by Miss Budweiser in heat 2-B, however she came back in 3-B to even the score. The new 1996 PICO got the better of Miss Budweiser in heat 1-B.

Budweiser 1996 debuted. at Evansville as she equaled the 1995 boat's qualifying speed. The debut was less than scintillating as the new Bud could not defeat either Smokin' Joe's or the 1996 PICO American Dream,

The 1996 PICO was ahead by a roostertail in the initial turn of the final heat. At this point Smokin' Joe's was behind Budweiser.

PICO went on to win the Thunder-On-The-Ohio by seven seconds as once Joe got by Budweiser she could not catch the Fred Leland entry.

Budweiser went back to Turbine III 95 at Madison, but she faired little better than the new Turbine V. She could not get out of second place being only three m.p.h. off the pace in contrast to Turbine V's seven m.p.h. at Evansville.

Smokin' Joe's beat the 94-95 PICO American Dream in heat 3-B and then took her measure in the final when PICO in lap three tried to go inside to get first place yet was washed down instead. Miss Budweiser led at the start of the heat, but she suffered the same fate as PICO getting her dose of roostertail in lap two. Miss Budweiser was able to recover to take advantage of PICO's misfortune to finish in the runner-up position in the Indiana Governor's Cup.

The Fred Leland team went back to their new hull for the Tri-Cities and won the championship heat when Smokin' Joe's had stability problems. The 1995 Miss Budweiser came closer to catching PICO than Smokin' Joe's before going dead in the water during lap three.

Smokin' Joe's did beat PICO American Dream in heat 2-C.in contrast to Miss Budweiser, who could not defeat either of her main antagonists throughout the regatta. Nineteen boats were at Pasco representing 16 teams — one of the best turnouts in years.

Fifteen teams showed up at Seattle for Seafair - the best attendance since 1988. In the Tri-Cities fifteen of the sixteen entries qualified so the U.R.C. broke their rules and allowed a section C — a common sense decision. At Seattle 14 boats qualified and instead of leaving two qualified entries on the beach, it was decided to run a trailer in sections A and B.

PICO 1996 blew over in a pre-race trial forcing Fred Leland to run the 1994-95 American Dream — his back-up hull. PICO 1996 was maybe four m.p.h. faster. Budweiser also ran their #2 1996 boat when it proved to quicker in qualifying than Budweiser 1995. Smokin' Joe's had a reserve entry, however she was not competitive with their #1 charger.

Miss Budweiser posted the fastest lap of the regatta and beat Smokin' Joe's in 1-B. Nevertheless in the ensuing heats the Anheuser-Busch entry was defeated twice by PICO American Dream. PICO and Smokin' Joe's did not meet in the preliminary contests.

PICO American Dream prevailed in the final heat by three m.p.h. over Smokin' Joe's, who had some compressor stall. Miss Budweiser 1996 battled Joe for second all the way yet lost by one second when she fell in a hole on the last lap.

The hydros returned to Kelowna, British Columbia in 1996 after being absent from Lake Okanagan for almost 30 years. Only ten of the 15 teams that raced in Seattle showed up in Canada. The final heat was blown off the Lake, so the Molson Thunderfest was decided on preliminary heat points. Smokin' Joe's therefore was eliminated from the get-go since she failed to start heat 1-A.

Miss Budweiser 1995 and PICO American Dream 1994-95 met in all three preliminaries with PICO getting the advantage: two to one to annex the trophy although Budweiser had the fastest lap at 143.315.

PICO American Dream was next at 142.707 m.p.h.

PICO American Dream 1996 won all her elimination heats at San Diego, but banged up her hull and was unable to make the championship heat. She beat Smokin' Joe's twice although penalized to fourth in heat 1-A and Budweiser once. Smokin' Joe's defeated Miss Budweiser twice prior to the final heat, however when it really counted it was a different story.

Smokin' Joe's jumped out in front in the championship heat and kept a close margin on Miss Budweiser 1995 until the first turn of the third lap where the Bernie Little entry pulled even. Smokin' Joe's lost about 10 m.p.h. in speed during lap three and driver Mark Evans produced his first win for Anheuser-Busch by six seconds.

Fred Leland and his PICO American Dream had the High Point Championship wrapped up heading into the last race of the year at Honolulu. Their 1996 hull was in need of repairs so old lucky American Dream 1994-95 became the standard bearer. Budweiser left their new boat in Seattle and competed with the 1995 Miss Budweiser.

Miss Budweiser driver Mark Evans did a good impression of Chip Hanauer when he took all four heats to win the JN Automotive Hydrofest. Budweiser beat both PICO and Smokin' Joe's in the preliminaries and then PICO again in the final heat to capture the trophy. Smokin' Joe's lost to both PICO and Budweiser in the elimination heats and then failed to start the final. PICO American Dream seemed to be an uninspired entry for most of the regatta as the World High Point Championship had been decided in her favor and driver Dave Villwock had signed to pilot the Miss Budweiser in 1997

Both PICO American Dream 1994-95 and PICO 1996 won races during the season with the old PICO leading the new one four to two. However the 1996 PICO American Dream appeared to be markedly faster.

[Statistics from Greene, V.2]