Miss Madison is an H1 Unlimited hydroplane….which is the only community-owned unlimited htdroplane in the world. It is based out of Madison, Indiana, a small town of 12,000 residents on the Ohio River which annually hosts the Madison Regatta…..which explains why Mr. Bob Hughes….the man interviewed in this video herewith…..is the spokesperson for the boat….and not the owner….cuz the town owns it. The story of the boat and city are the subject of the 2005 film titled simply Madison.
The team was started in 1960 when industrialist Samuel F. Dupont donated one of his hydroplanes to the town in 1961….to be run in the American Power Boat Association races. The town’s boat is registered as “U-6” (for APBA Unlimited class, #6) in high-points unlimited hydroplane racing since 1961….which makes them the longest-running team in the sport…..although the team will change numbers if required by H1 Unlimited regulations that state the defending national champion use the U-1 designation. Through 2008 the U-6 team has used only 7 different hulls….although number 6 was used for only one race in 1988 when the new 5th Miss Madison hull crashed at San Diego in 1988. The Miss Madison team leased the U-3 Risley’s hull from owners Ed Cooper, Sr., and Ed Cooper, Jr., for the final race of the year in Las Vegas. The U-3 was officially the U-6 Miss Madison at this one event. The 2nd-to-last hull was built in 1987 by Ron Jones Marine in Seattle, Washington….as this hull was first used as a piston-engined boat powered by a V-12 Allison aircraft engine….as seen in this video herewith. It was later redesigned for a Lycoming turbine engine….the same type of engine used in the Chinook helicopters.