Tri-City Water Follies adds new class of hydroplanes this year

Tri-City Water Follies adds new class of hydroplanes this year

The Tri City Water Follies Association announced today that they will be adding 1-Liter hydroplanes to the 2013 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup weekend event. Here's the full news release:

The 1-Liter hydroplanes are an American Power Boat Association (APBA) class of light and quick boats that race at speeds approaching 105 mph.  They are approximately 15’ in length and are powered by personal watercraft engines.

“Water Follies is excited to invite the best 1-Liter hydroplanes in APBA Region 10 to compete in the Columbia Cup 1-Liter Challenge” said Water Follies President Mike Denslow. “The 1-Liter class is one of the fastest growing and most exciting groups to watch in boat racing”.

Washington State has a strong contingent of these race boats, boasting a fleet that includes half of the top ten finishers in national points from 2012.  The boats compete with several other classes of inboard hydroplanes in eleven races in Washington State during the summer.

“My family has been part of the Water Follies for a number of years as volunteers,” said local 1-liter owner John Culver. “But this year will be special because I will get to race my own boat in the show, with my son as the driver,” he said. “I think the fans will be excited to see the level of competition from these boats”

Invitations have been extended to the following 1-Liter teams to attend the Columbia Cup 1-Liter Challenge:

Y-5 Fastrax FTX -  Owner/Driver Corey Peabody’s team embodies the racing axiom “Go ‘til you blow”.  Most weekends, he’s the fastest boat, but is also just as likely to take his engine home in more pieces than he started with. Peabody won high points in region 10 last year and second nationally.

Y-8 Bononcini Racing -  The team finished third in Region 10 high points and fifth nationally last year with Bianca Bononcini at the helm.  This year, Bianca’s brother Nick takes over driving duties.

Y-19 Specialty Mobility presents Culver Racing – This is your hometown boat.  Owned by longtime Water Follies Volunteer John Culver and sponsored by his business Specialty Mobility, the team finished second in Region 10 high points and fourth nationally last year.

Y-21 Wallace Racing -  A new boat in 2012, this entry is owned by U-21 crewman William Wallace and piloted by current U-100 driver Ryan Mallow.  The team finished eighth in national high points last year.  Look for them to be very competitive in 2013.

Y-26 Mallory Racing – Kayleigh Mallory returns to drive on the river where she won several Unlimited Lights events bringing a competitive 1 liter program that won the region 10 points title in 2011.

 Y-33 Fugitive Racing - Former crew chief of the U-48 Jim LaBrie continues the racing tradition of his father with his 1-liter hull, the ‘Fugitive’.

 Y-17 - Ben Black looks to jump start a 1-liter racing program by purchasing the former Y-28.  This boat was run competitively in the region for a number of years by U-21 driver Brian Perkins.  Racing a limited schedule, this boat finished eleventh in national high points last year.

More boats may be announced at a later date.  Water Follies expects to invite a total of 7-10 teams for this event.

More about 1-Liter Hydroplanes (from

Minimum Driver Age: 16 years old
Minimum Length: 13′ 6″
Engine: Fall into 4 categories with varying modification limits. 1030 cc, 1160 cc, 1260 cc, and 1315 cc
Top Speed: 105 MPH
Minimum Weight: 750 or 825 lbs including driver depending on boat length
Fuel: Racing fuel per APBA specs

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