Meet local hydroplane driver Kip Brown at hydroplane museum’s season preview

April 17, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2014

Local hydroplane driver Kip Brown will be at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent when it hosts an H1 Unlimited hydroplane season preview April 19.

Fans of the sport will get to meet with Unlimited hydroplane officials, team crew chiefs and drivers. Brown is with Preston-based team Our Gang Racing.

By Greg Farrar Local hydroplane driver Kip Brown returns to the pits at Lake Sammamish State Park with the 5-liter class E-1 Peters & May boat after his last race of the day at Tastin’ N Racin’ in June 2012. Brown has been a national high point champ in 5-liter.

By Greg Farrar
Local hydroplane driver Kip Brown returns to the pits at Lake Sammamish State Park with the 5-liter class E-1 Peters & May boat after his last race of the day at Tastin’ N Racin’ in June 2012. Brown has been a national high point champ in 5-liter.

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Top sports stories of the year

December 31, 2013

Issaquah athletes take top state honors

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School girls soccer team exults with the state 3A championship trophy Nov. 23 after beating the Kamiakin Braves, 2-1, in Puyallup.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles and state championships, while an Issaquah racing team made a splash on the water.

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Kip Brown finishes third in 2013 High Point

September 24, 2013

Preston’s Our Gang Racing, and driver Kip Brown, completed its best season ever, finishing third in the National High Point Championships.

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The 95 Spirit of Qatar finished behind hydroplane circuit legends Jimmy Shane and Steve David in H1 Unlimited racing.

It caps a season in which the team had three podium finishes, including a win in the Gold Cup.

Kip Brown takes third at Diamond Cup

September 10, 2013

Driver Kip Brown, of Preston’s Our Gang Racing, placed third at the Diamond Cup Championship in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Sept. 1.

The competition represented the return of Unlimited hydroplane racing in Coeur d’Alene after the sport’s 45-year absence.

It is the second-straight third-place finish for Brown who, driving the 95 Spirit of Qatar, finished third at Seafair in early August.

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Penalty costs Kip Brown in Columbia Cup

July 30, 2013

Nearly two weeks after Preston-based team Our Gang Racing celebrated Kip Brown and the 95 Spirit of Qatar’s Gold Cup win, the team was back in the state competing in the Columbia Cup.

The team could not duplicate the success it had in Detroit, though. It placed seventh in the final heat of the Unlimited hydroplane competition held in Tri-Cities.

Brown, the driver, was plagued by a one-lap penalty he received after he prematurely crossed the one-minute buoy.

The team will next compete for the Albert Lee Appliance Cup at Seafair in Seattle Aug. 2-4.

Good as gold

July 16, 2013

Preston team’s Kip Brown wins Super Bowl of hydroplane racing

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited
The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

The National Football League has the Super Bowl; Major League Baseball has the World Series; but for hydroplane racing, it’s the Gold Cup that stands as the pinnacle of the sport’s achievements.

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Local hydroplane team goes gold: Kip Brown wins 2013 Gold Cup

July 15, 2013

NEW — 5:25 p.m. July 15, 2013

The National Football League has the Super Bowl; Major League Baseball has the World Series; but for hydroplane racing, it’s the Gold Cup that stands as the pinnacle of the sport’s achievements.

Local team Our Gang Racing, of Preston, took home that gilded trophy, after driver Kip Brown came in first place in the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

Brown, of Ravensdale, drove the 95 Spirit of Qatar, in what Our Gang Racing principal owner John O’Brien said was one of the best races he had ever seen.

“It’s got to be one of the best races in the past 10 years as far as deck-to-deck competition and the dueling,” he said. “I think they must have changed leads seven or eight times.”

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

By Chris Denslow/H1 Unlimited
The 95 Spirit of Qatar driver Kip Brown (right) hoists the Gold Cup, along with his uncle Nate Brown (left), a former Gold Cup winner and an Our Gang Racing owner. The Our Gang Racing team, based in Preston, came in first place at the Detroit American Power Boat Association’s Gold Cup July 14.

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Kip Brown finishes fourth at Big Wake Weekend

June 11, 2013

Competing in the 95 Spirit of Qatar hydroplane, local driver Kip Brown, of Preston, took fourth at Sacramento’s Big Wake Weekend.

After a weekend in which the team struggled to find speed, Brown earned just enough preliminary points to make it to the finals.

By Greg Farrar Local hydroplane driver Kip Brown returns to the pits in the 5-litre class E-1 Peters & May after winning his last race of the day at the 2012 Tastin’ N Racin’ regatta on Lake Sammamish.

By Greg Farrar
Local hydroplane driver Kip Brown returns to the pits in the 5-litre class E-1 Peters & May after winning his last race of the day at the 2012 Tastin’ N Racin’ regatta on Lake Sammamish.

The 95 Spirit of Qatar placed fourth out of seven teams at the June 1 event on Folsom Lake.

The team will now head back to Preston to get the boat ready for competition in Madison, Ind., in July.

Learn more at www.ourgangracing.com.

 

Kip Brown wins heat at world championships

February 12, 2013

The familiar red, yellow and blue of the Miss Red Dot hydroplane was not present at the 2013 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar, but that doesn’t mean that local crew, Our Gang Racing, wasn’t properly represented at the event.

Our Gang Racing, including driver Kip Brown, of Preston, competed as the 95 Spirit of Qatar team, donning the white-and-maroon colors of the Qatari flag.

Brown captured his first ever heat win for the Spirit of Qatar team, delighting the home crowd with a convincing performance, on Feb. 9.

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