HIGHLIGHTS IN THE DEC/JAN ISSUE AND FEBRUARY ISSUE
The two issues featured the two-part 2006 season Damage Report, by Michael Prophet. All the details for each team with great photos. And all the news in HydroFile, too.
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE NOVEMBER ISSUE
1. In Search of Slo-mo-shun IV, by David Greene, takes a look at the run the Slo-mo made in June of 1951 at the Pendleton (Oregon) Water Rodeo and the background of why it ran there.
2. 2006 Season Review, by Brian Anderson. The Swami takes a look at the 2006 races and includes commentary about Seafair. Must reading for the hydro fan.
3. HydroFile from the UNJ Staff. Ed Cooper's review of Jimmy King's driving of the U-3, new boats for the U-6 and U-21, and will there be a U-28 next year? Much more in the feature our readers say they turn to first when the UNJ arrives.
4. Around the Circuit, by Chris Tracy, updates our club news and reviews the 2006 race sites and eyes next year. Passing of Bob Curran and Brian Keogh are noted.
5. Some Faces from 2006. Great photos from Ron Harisin, James Crisp and Michael Prophet that show Jean Theoret and son, Ken Muscatel, Steve David, Mike Weber and Mike Allen, Kevin Aylesworth, Mark Smith, Dave Bartush and Dave Williams.
Next Issue: 2006 Damage Report - Part I
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE
1. Barb and Duane Dahlum took on the new role of race reporter for the Tri-Cities' Atomic Cup. Barb is our artist and Duane has contributed photos and stories in the past, but Destruction Derby in the Desert is their first race report. Wow! All the details and great photos from Kent Nugent, Barb Dahlum, Karl Pearson and Bill Cruchon. An Allen Stiles stat box, too. (Catch more of Bill Osborne's great stories and photos in the magazine Extreme Boats.)
2. No Freakin' Miss Beacon Plumbing Wins at Seattle is the title of Bill Osborne's Chevrolet Cup race report. All the quotes, all of the inside scoop and great Bill Osborne, Bill Cruchon and Karl Pearson photos.
3. HydroFile provides all the news and rumors.
4. Chris Tracy gives all the Club News, Western swing race site news, and writes tributes to Phil Cole and Frank Kenney in the Around the Circuit column.
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE AUGUST ISSUE
1. The tag-team of Mac Clouse and Niles Mayfield provide all the details and quotes from the Gold Cup in C'est un miracle! A Gold Cup for Jean Theoret and Beacon Plumbing. Complete with James Crisp and Ron Harsin photos. Simply the best race coverage for fans that want all the details. Stat box from Allen Stiles. 8 pages long and jammed with information not found anywhere else.
2. Marc Perrier covers the Valleyfield race in Canada in the First Victory for Rookie Mike Allen and Formulaboats Owner Ted Porter. Complete with a Dan Lopez photo and an Allan Stiles stat box. Perrier explains and documents this first of its kind race.
3. Clint Newman completes his 2-part interview with ABRA's Sam Cole. Cole talks about his father, Sam's history with Unlimited racing, how he was selected to his latest ABRA position, PR, race sites, and much more. Must reading.
4. Latest boat camp news is in HydroFile. Readers say they turn to this column first when the UNJ arrives, compiled by the UNJ staff.
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE JULY ISSUE
1. Dan Lopez provides expert race coverage of the season opening Evansville race, complete with top-notch pictures from James Crisp and Ron Harsin. Coverage only the UNJ provides. Stat box compiled by Allen Stiles.
2. Clint Newman interviews ABRA Chairman Sam Cole in part 1 of this interview. A candid interview about challenges, sponsor hunt, marketing, and this year's 9Bs plan. Much more and must reading.
3. Craig Fjarlie reports on the Abbreviated Madison Race Ends in Tragedy. James Crisp photos. Allen Stiles stat box. Complete testing and race coverage..."His (Villwock's) win was so completely overshadowed by other events that the trophy presentation was cancelled."
4. HydroFile includes all the boat camp news. Must reading for true hydro fans.
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE JUNE ISSUE
1. Robert L. Williams, 1932-1996, by Kirk Pagel. Original art by Barbra Dahlum and photos by Kirk Pagel. "On May 27, 2006, the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum dedicated its entry foyer to Bob Williams. Today's Hydroplane Museum is a direct descendant of the Unlimited Hydroplane Hall of Fame and Museum founded by Williams and a group of friends in 1983." Pagel describes Robert Williams' efforts to build a memorabilia and boat collection, and organize a museum. And while it has been said over and over again, it needs to be mentioned again...articles like this can only be found in the Unlimited NewsJournal! Outstanding original art from Barb Dahlum, too.
2. HydroFile by the UNJ Staff. The latest news from boat camps. Our readers say they turn to this column first each month when the UNJ arrives. Extensive news about the U-1, U2.25, U-100 and much, much more!
3. Oh Boy! Oberto Shop Shots, Ellstrom June 1st Test, June 15th Test, H&RM Test on June 20th. Photos from James Crisp, Michael Prophet and Bill Cruchon, complete with commentary. Spy photos of the Oberto at the shop, test session shots of Ellstrom, U-2.25, the Leland Navy, and the H&RM test session of the Atlas and Bud. Display photo of the Slo-mo-shun V.
4. Around the Circuit, by Chris Tracy. The Western circuit is profiled, with something old, something new, and something in question!
Next Month: Evansville and Madison Race Reports
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE MAY ISSUE
1. The Swami...So Many Possibilities, by Brian Anderson. The Swami delivers his annual commentary and checks the crystal ball for his predictions. He is almost always right! Must reading for hydro fans.
2. HydroFile by the UNJ Staff. The latest news from boat camps. Our readers say they turn to this column first each month when the UNJ arrives. There is so much news this month that it takes up two pages! Complete with a Bill Osborne photos of the U-37!
3. Around the Circuit, by Chris Tracy. The Eastern race sites are profiled, plus the inside details about Ron Harsin and Fred Farley's new book being readied for print, Vintage Hydroplane Heritage.
4. New Unlimited Lights Champion in 2006? In one sense, yes. By John Lynch and photos from Mark Sharley. The insert gives full details about the Lights series. This has become a popular annual addition to the UNJ.
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE APRIL ISSUE
1. Fifty Years Ago: Seattle Goes Without the Gold, by Kirk Pagel and photos from Jim Dunn, Bob Maizels, and Kirk Pagel. "The 1956 Lake Washington race would be different for the city of Seattle. For the first time since 1950, the Gold Cup was going to be contested in Detroit." Pagel profiles the 1956 Seafair race. Rare photos of the Gale V, Tempest, and Shanty.
2. Seattle's Seafair Trophy; the Untold Story! By Michael Prophet. A history of the trophy, complete with a large photo.
3. 2005 Damage Report, Part II, by Michael Prophet. "In part 2, we wrap up the (2005) season." Complete with photos of Ellstrom, Leland Racing, Superior Racing, and more from James Crisp, Kirk Pagel, Mike Jackson, Vic Spellberg, Owen Blauman, Ron Harsin, Bob Greenhow, Michael Prophet and Chris Tracy. Another comprehensive feature that only the UNJ can provide!
4. HydroFile by the UNJ Staff. The latest news from boat camps. Our readers say they turn to this column first each month when the UNJ arrives. All the details about current happenings with the U-3, U-10, U-21, U-37, U-100 and more. A couple of corrections, too.
Next Month....the Swami Speaks about the 2006 season.
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE MARCH ISSUE
1. 2005 Damage Report, Part 1, by Michael Prophet. Photos from Ron Harsin, Michael Prophet, Owen Blauman, Karl Pearson, and Vic Spellberg. Wow, 2005 was the year for damage to the boats. Part 1 covers the damage to the U-2, U-3, U-6. and U-8. Photos show it all, too.
2. 2006 Awards Banquet, by Joe Rood and photos from James Crisp. All the details from the meetings. The most comprehensive coverage anywhere.
3. Around the Circuit, by Chris Tracy. Bob Hughes honored in Madison, Tri-City and Seattle race news, San Diego rumors and much more are included.
4. HydroFile by the UNJ Staff. The latest news from boat camps. Our readers say they turn to this column first each month when the UNJ arrives.
5. Update on Terry Troxell, by Chris Tracy with a Michael Prophet photo. Troxell was the special guest at the UU March meeting. All the latest information on Terry and his team.
6. Famous Firings, by Craig Fjarlie. Fjarlie talks about drivers that have been fired, from J.W. Myers to Bill Muncey. "J.W. Myers is in some stellar company."
Next Month--Damage Report, Part 2
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY ISSUE
The January and February issues were combined due to a major computer failure and the publication board decided to merge both issues.
1. The Spirit of the Sport. Glen Davis and His Four-Pointer; in Retrospect. By Duane and Barbara Dahlum and photos from Carl Pearson. The background behind the 4-pointer with rare photos. A special historical piece that marked the entry of the Ellstrom family into hydroplane racing.
2. "Doing Something We Enjoy"--The Ellstroms in Transition, 1994-95. By Duane and Barbara Dahlum and Karl Pearson photos. How the Ellstroms got interested in hydro racing and how they first built a competitive racing program.
3. Aftermath, from the UNJ Editor. Karl Pearson's photo shows the damage after the 4-pointer accident with commentary.
4. 2005 National Champion. Background about the champ with a great Pearson photo.
5. HydroFile by the UNJ Staff. The latest news from boat camps. Our readers say they turn to this column first each month when the UNJ arrives.
6. Around the Circuit, by Chris Tracy. Club news, the annual "passings column," and more.
7. Emily Estes Changes Direction, Taking On a New Challenge, as told to Chris Tracy. Estes has left ABRA and the Tri-City race, but has taken on a new challenge to help promote a new team. All the details.
8. Better or Worse, by Craig Fjarlie. In his Heritage column, Fjarlie disputes a newspaper assertion that the sport is currently in decline.
Next Month---2005 Damage Report