Tastin’ n Racin’ event ends after 16 years

January 1, 2013

By Staff

After 16 years of thunderous hydroplane racing and family-friendly fun, Tastin’ n Racin’ will come to an end.

Citing rising expenses and unreasonable insurance requirements, organizers made the decision to end the summer event, held at Lake Sammamish State Park, effective immediately.

Over the years, Tastin’ n Racin’ gave Eastside communities the opportunity to experience the excitement of hydroplane racing, up close and personal.

The event also hosted classic car shows, motorcycle charity rides and carnival rides through the years.

Tastin’ n Racin’ became a model event for boat races across the country, where they adopted the formula of combining a family festival on the land with the thrill of racing on the water.

In a press release, the organizers thanked past attendees, volunteers and Lake Sammamish State Park for their support.

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3 Responses to “Tastin’ n Racin’ event ends after 16 years”

  1. joe winkler on January 6th, 2013 3:27 pm

    very sorry to see this great event pass on. It was a highlight of the race year. It was a great opportunity to bring out the vintage boats of all classes. It has been said that “only the good die young” and that is what we have seen here. Hope that someday it can be revived.

  2. Wayne Johnson on January 8th, 2013 12:22 pm

    Came from Sacramento, CA to see the race a few years back, Sorry to see it end as it was a great, fun race to attend.

  3. Roy Sheldon on June 6th, 2013 4:37 pm

    Wow, my family and friends were looking forward to our fourth annual event. We went there to watch the hydros, look at the classic cars, eat the food, go on the rides and listen to Randy Hansen belt out some Jimi Hendrix, also with a little James Gang and The Who. Let’s not forget the pirates. Totally bummed out. There wasn’t another event like it in Washington that I ever knew about.

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