September 30, 2015
NEW — 4:22 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015
Original pit crew reunites to celebrate 50th anniversary of iconic hydroplane’s last race
For those who have had their fill of Salmon Days festivities, longtime Issaquah resident Dixon Smith, 72, has an alternative recommendation for something to do the first weekend of October — come to Lake Chelan to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the last official race of the Miss Bardahl.
Smith and three other original crewmembers will be on hand as the Miss Bardahl participates with other vintage hydroplanes at the 2015 Mahogany & Merlot Vintage Boat and Car Event Oct. 3. Read more
August 11, 2015
NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015
Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace
My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.
As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more
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.
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.