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    

 

1979

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]