Race Results 1970-1979
|1970-05-31||Suncoast Cup||Tampa FL||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1970-06-06||President's Cup||Washington DC||Myr Sheet Metal / Bill Muncey|
|1970-06-14||Kentucky Governor's Cup||Owensboro KY||Myr Sheet Metal / Bill Muncey|
|1970-06-28||Horace E. Dodge Cup||Detroit MI||Myr Sheet Metal / Bill Muncey|
|1970-06-28||[Consolation]||Detroit MI||Notre Dame / ?|
|1970-07-05||Indiana Governor's Cup||Madison IN||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1970-07-05||[Consolation]||Madison IN||Li'l Buzzard / ? [half points]|
|1970-07-19||Atomic Cup||Tri-Cities WA||Pay 'n Pak's Li'l Buzzard / Tommy Fults|
|1970-08-02||Seafair Trophy||Seattle WA||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1970-08-02||[Consolation]||Seattle WA||Li'l Buzzard / ? [half points]|
|1970-09-20||APBA Gold Cup||San Diego CA||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1970-09-20||[Consolation]||San Diego CA||Myr Sheet Metal / ? [half points]|
|1970||1970 Season Summary - Statistics|
|1971-05-23||Champion Spark Plug Trophy||Miami FL||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1971-06-06||President's Cup||Washington DC||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1971-06-13||Kentucky Governor's Cup||Owensboro KY||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1971-06-27||Horace E. Dodge Cup||Detroit MI||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1971-07-04||APBA Gold Cup||Madison IN||Miss Madison / Jim McCormick|
|1971-07-25||Atomic Cup||Tri-Cities WA||Miss Madison / Jim McCormick|
|1971-08-08||Seafair Trophy||Seattle WA||Pride of Pay 'n Pak / Billy Schumacher|
|1971-08-15||Oregon Emerald Cup||Dexter OR||Pride of Pay 'n Pak / Billy Schumacher|
|1971-09-26||Atlas Van Lines Trophy||Lk. Dallas TX||Pride of Pay 'n Pak / Billy Schumacher|
|1971||1971 Season Summary - Statistics|
|1972-06-04||Champion Spark Plug Trophy||Miami FL||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1972-06-11||Kentucky Governor's Cup||Owensboro KY||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1972-06-25||APBA Gold Cup||Detroit MI||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1972-07-04||UIM World Championship||Madison IN||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1972-07-09||President's Cup||Washington DC||Pride of Pay 'n Pak / Billy Sterett Jr.|
|1972-07-23||Atomic Cup||Tri-Cities WA||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1972-08-06||Seafair Trophy||Seattle WA||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1972||1972 Season Summary - Statistics|
|1973-05-20||Champion Spark Plug Trophy||Miami FL||Pay 'n Pak / Mickey Remund|
|1973-06-03||President's Cup||Washington DC||Lincoln Thrift's 7-1/4% Special / Gene Whipp|
|1973-06-17||Kentucky Governor's Cup||Owensboro KY||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1973-07-01||Gar Wood Trophy||Detroit MI||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1973-07-08||Indiana Governor's Cup||Madison IN||Pay 'n Pak / Mickey Remund|
|1973-07-22||APBA Gold Cup||Tri-Cities WA||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1973-08-05||UIM World's Championship Seafair Trophy||Seattle WA||Pay 'n Pak / Mickey Remund|
|1973-09-02||Clearwater Cup||Toledo OH||Pay 'n Pak / Mickey Remund|
|1973-09-09||National Champions Regatta||Detroit MI||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1973||1973 Season Summary - Statistics|
|1974-06-02||Champion Spark Plug Trophy||Miami FL||Miss Budweiser / Howie Benns|
|1974-06-09||President's Cup||Washington DC||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1974-06-16||Kentucky Governor's Cup||Owensboro KY||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1974-06-30||Gar Wood Trophy||Detroit MI||Miss Budweiser / Howie Benns|
|1974-07-21||UIM World's Championship||Tri-Cities WA||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1974-08-04||APBA Gold Cup||Seattle WA||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1974-09-01||Hydroglobe||Dayton OH||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1974-09-15||Desert Thunderboat Classic||Phoenix AZ||Miss Budweiser / Howie Benns|
|1974-09-22||San Diego Unlimited Trophy||San Diego CA||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1974-10-13||Indiana Governor's Cup||Madison IN||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1974-10-20||Admiral's Cup||Jacksonville FL||Miss Budweiser / Dean Chenoweth|
|1974||1974 Season Summary - Statistics|
|1975-05-18||Champion Spark Plug Regatta||Miami FL||Weisfield's / Billy Schumacher|
|1975-06-01||President's Cup||Washington DC||Miss Budweiser / Mickey Remund|
|1975-06-15||Kentucky Governor's Cup||Owensboro KY||Weisfield's / Billy Schumacher|
|1975-06-29||Gar Wood Trophy||Detroit MI||Miss U.S. / Tom D'Eath|
|1975-07-06||Indiana Governor's Cup||Madison IN||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1975-07-13||Dayton Hydroglobe||Dayton OH||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1975-07-27||APBA Gold Cup||Tri-Cities WA||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1975-08-03||Seafair Trophy||Seattle WA||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1975-09-14||Desert Thunderboat Classic||Phoenix AZ||Miss Budweiser / Mickey Remund|
|1975-09-21||Weisfield's Trophy||San Diego CA||Pay 'n Pak / George Henley|
|1975||1975 Season Summary - Statistics|
|1976-05-23||Champion Spark Plug Trophy||Miami FL||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1976-05-30||President's Cup||Washington DC||Olympia Beer / Billy Schumacher|
|1976-06-27||APBA Gold Cup||Detroit MI||Miss U.S. / Tom D'Eath|
|1976-07-04||Indiana Governor's Cup||Madison IN||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1976-07-11||Kentucky Governor's Cup||Owensboro KY||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1976-07-18||Dayton Hydroglobe||Dayton OH||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1976-08-01||Columbia Cup||Tri-Cities WA||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1976-08-08||Seafair Trophy||Seattle WA||Miss Budweiser / Mickey Remund|
|1976-09-19||Jack-in-the-Box Thunderboats Unlimited Trophy||San Diego CA||Olympia Beer / Billy Schumacher|
|1976||1976 Season Summary - Statistics|
|1977-05-22||Champion Spark Plug Regatta||Miami FL||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1977-06-12||President's Cup||Washington DC||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1977-06-26||Gar Wood Trophy||Detroit MI||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1977-07-03||Indiana Governor's Cup||Madison IN||Miss Budweiser / Mickey Remund|
|1977-07-10||Hydrofair [Kentucky Governor's Cup]||Owensboro KY||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1977-07-17||Dayton Hydroglobe||Dayton OH||Miss Budweiser / Mickey Remund|
|1977-07-31||APBA Gold Cup||Tri-Cities WA||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1977-08-07||Seafair Trophy||Seattle WA||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1977-09-18||Jack-In-The-Box Thunderboats Unlimited Trophy||San Diego CA||Miss Budweiser / Mickey Remund|
|1977||1977 Season Summary - Statistics|
|1978-06-04||Champion Spark Plug Trophy||Miami FL||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1978-06-25||Spirit of Detroit Trophy||Detroit MI||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1978-07-02||APBA Gold Cup||Owensboro KY||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1978-07-09||Indiana Governor's Cup||Madison IN||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1978-07-30||Columbia Cup||Tri-Cities WA||Miss Budweiser / Ron Snyder|
|1978-08-06||Seafair Trophy||Seattle WA||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1978-09-17||Jack-In-The-Box Thunderboats Unlimited Trophy||San Diego CA||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1978||1978 Season Summary - Statistics|
|1979-06-10||Champion Spark Plug Trophy||Miami FL||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1979-06-24||Thunder on the Ohio||Evansville IN||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1979-07-01||Spirit of Detroit Trophy||Detroit MI||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1979-07-08||APBA Gold Cup||Madison IN||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1979-07-15||El Dorado Regatta||El Dorado KS||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1979-07-29||Columbia Cup||Tri-Cities WA||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1979-08-05||Squire Seafair Trophy||Seattle WA||Atlas Van Lines / Bill Muncey|
|1979-09-02||Golden Spike Governor's Cup||Ogden||The Squire Shop / Chip Hanauer|
|1979-09-16||Jack-In-The-Box Trophy||San Diego CA||Circus Circus / Steve Reynolds|
|1979||1979 Season Summary - Statistics|
The situation was rather bleak following the 1978 season -- in essence the Atlas Van Lines was the only boat out there. Even the Miss Budweiser organization which had become the all time team with 29 victories could not mount a challenge.
Fortunately for Unlimited Racing the Budweiser team came back with a vegeance purchasing a new Ron Jones hull and hiring nonpareil Budweiser driver Dean Chenoweth. It was a cabover as the Atlas Van Lines had established this form as the only way to go.
Previously Budweiser was to have ordered a new hull from Norm Berg with Dave Knowlen as designer, but had opted for Ron Jones who had not built an Unlimited in four years. Norm Berg, who built the present Atlas, and designer Knowlen did get orders from Circus Circus and Squire Shop however.
Circus Circus, a gambling casino and hotel chain in Nevada, had much money to pour into its racing team. Their Berg hull was light with hexel construction, however they were taking a flyer with a rookie driver Steve Reynolds and a rookie crew chief Jim Harvey. Most new drivers needed at least a season before they were ready to win.
Squire Shop, on the other hand, had chosen wood construction. This would make the hull heavier and presumably slower. Unlike Circus Squire had an experienced chauffeur with a demonstrated potential in Unlimited Racing in the person of Chip Hanauer. They also had Bob Espland as crew chief. Espland had experience as a crew chief, but had never been a winner.
The new Miss Budweiser was not completed in time for the opening race at Miami due to defective materials. As a consequence Atlas Van Lines had only the Circus Circus and her inexperienced driver and crew chief to deal with. Squire was ready, but would not join the tour until mid season.
Miss Circus Circus spun out in her initial confrontation with Atlas Van Lines in heat 1-A at Miami. In the final she hooked again in the first turn and followed Atlas Van Lines up the backstretch in third place. This was all Bill Muncey needed for yet another triumph.
At Evansville Circus Circus won a preliminary heat from the Atlas Van Lines when the latter made a bad start. Nevertheless at the finish Circus was nearly caught by the Bill Muncey entry. In the championship heat Muncey did not make the same mistake and won easily.
Miss Circus Circus driver Steve Reynolds again showed his inexperience at Detroit by nearly hitting the seawall coming off the roostertail turn as well as jumping the gun in heat one. However in his next heat, Reynolds led before throwing a prop on the initial backstretch. This put Circus out for the day and Atlas Van Lines cruised to another triumph.
The Gold Cup at Madison was next with the new Budweiser and Squire Shop joining the circuit for this most prestigious trophy.
Atlas Van Lines had four m.p.h. on the field and beat Miss Circus Circus in the championship heat although the latter took heat 2-B when Bill Muncey did not make a good start. Miss Budweiser and Squire Shop were many m.p.h. off the pace.
The following event was at El Dorado, Kansas about 30 miles outside Wichita. Only five boats showed up for the race. Miss Circus Circus had the fastest competition lap of the regatta and won heat one, but had engine trouble in the crucial final heat. Atlas Van Lines still had 5 m.p.h. on the new Miss Budweiser and took another first place with little trouble.
In contrast to the eastern races that for the most part drew fields of under 10 boats, sixteen entries showed up at the Tri-Cities for the Columbia Cup. Atlas Van Lines annexed the trophy, but not without some stiff competition from the new Miss Budweiser. Miss Budweiser had the fastest lap by three m.p.h., however she was not a stable ride. Atlas Van Lines, Miss Circus Circus and Squire Shop were in the next speed echelon down from Budweiser. This gave the sport four competitive entries.
At Seattle's Seafair Atlas Van Lines triumphed once again. Nevertheless it was only after Miss Circus Circus jumped the gun in the final heat. Circus driver Steve Reynolds was over the line by 15 feet at the gun finishing the five laps ahead by 7 seconds-losing the Seafair Trophy by a technicality. Atlas beat Budweiser in their duel for second by three seconds.
After being flighty in her first heat. Miss Budweiser became a stable ride in winning heat 2-A over Miss Circus Circus. Squire Shop had engine trouble in both of her heats at Seattle.
The hydros returned to Ogden, Utah after 14 years for the Golden Spike Regatta. Again the winner of the championship heat beat the gun. Miss Budweiser led Squire Shop by 27 seconds at the end of five laps however the Squire Shop - 5 m.p.h. slower than the Bernie Little entry - got the victory.
Miss Circus Circus threw a prop in heat 2-A and did not run in the last heat of the day. Squire Shop although not as fast as Atlas Van Lines swapped victories with the latter in the preliminary heats. Miss Budweiser beat Miss Circus Circus in both their elimination heat confrontations.
Miss Circus Circus was again beaten by the Miss Budweiser twice in the preliminary heats at the final race of the year at San Diego. However when the latter entry and Atlas Van Lines had trouble in the championship heat. Miss Circus Circus was able to get the best of Squire Shop. Squire was running ahead of Circus in the final and then had engine trouble as she had in her heat one. At any rate Circus Circus got their first win in Unlimited Racing.
Unlike 1978, 1979 produced three different winners. Atlas Van Lines and Miss Budweiser were very close being rated at 129 m.p.h. Circus and Squire were about three m.p.h. back although Miss Circus Circus showed front running speed at Seattle.
[Statistics from Greene, V.2]