The KISW Miss Rock is lowered into the Columbia River during the 1981 race in Kennewick, Wash.
Crew members work on the U-15 Miss Burien during the 1979 hydroplane races on the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash.
The U-26 Miss Tri-Cities is on display prior to the 1969 Atomic Cup in Kennewick, Wash.
Bill Muncey stands by the Atlas Van Lines during the 1975 Atomic Cup in Kennewick, Wash.
Crew members work on the Miss Shenandoah during the 1975 hydroplane races on the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash.
Fans line up along the Columbia River shore in the pits to watch the U-12 Miss Budweiser and other boats prepare for the 1976 Atomic Cup.
The U-6 Lauterback Special heads out toward the race course during the 1975 Atomic Cup in Kennewick, Wash.
Bill Brow receives the trophy for winning the inaugural Atomic Cup in the Miss Budweiser in 1966. It also was the Budweiser's first victory on the hydroplane circuit.
The U-12 Miss Budweiser prepares to head out onto the race course during the 1976 Atomic Cup in Kennewick, Wash.
The crew of the U-25 Eagle Electric cheers as its boat returns to the dock in the 1968 Atomic Cup in Kennewick, Wash.
Crowds watch the 1968 Atomic Cup on the Kennewick side of the Columbia River.
The U-2 Miss U.S. cruises on the Columbia River during a race, probably in the 1970s.
The U-22 awaits its turn to go for a ride on the Columbia River during the 1976 Atomic Cup.
Billy and Cyndee Schumacher at the 1976 Atomic Cup race.
Jim Lucero, crew chief for the Pride of Pay 'N Pak, works on the hydroplane in 1975.
Water Follies President George Grant holds a checkered flag while Atomic Cup Chairman Jack Hamann holds a TV set. The pair waited July 11, 1968, for the arrival of the first hydroplane from Madison, Ind., with the winner receiving the TV.
Dwayne Hall, right, of Kennewick, holds a briefing session with some of the men who will help him conduct pit tours during the 1968 Atomic Cup. From left are: Ted Persons, Chuck Metully and Jack Shopbell, all of Kennewick.
The U-35 Atlas Van Lines races on the Columbia River during the 1968 Atomic Cup.
Fans crowd the Kennewick side of the Columbia River for the 1975 Atomic Cup.
Unlimited hydroplane drivers view the 1969 Atomic Cup trophy held by Claudia Cole, wife of executive secretary Phil Cole of the unlimited racing commission. From left are: Leif Borgersen, Notre Dame; Ron Kasper, The Wanderer; Bob Gilliam, Mister P's; Norm Evans, Park-O-Ring Miss; Tommy Fults, Pride of Pay 'N Pak; Bill Muncey, Miss U.S.; Dean Chenoweth, Myr's Special; Bill Sterett, Miss Budweiser; Walt Kade, Savair's Miss; and Jim McCormick, Atlas Van Lines.
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Chip Hanauer pilots The Squire Shop in the 1980s.
The hydroplane Pay N Pak did a flip at the 1980 Water Follies on the Columbia River.
This photo of crowds at the 1979 boat races near the west end of Columbia Park was referred to as "Animal Village" by the rescue crew.
Driver Chip Hanauer swims past the Squire Shop in the 1980s Water Follies.
The U-1 Atlas Van Lines at the 1977 boat races on the Columbia River.
Spectators line the Columbia Park shore at the 1982 Columbia Cup boat races.
A driver waits to hear the results of his race in 1971.
Record-setting driver Bill Muncey is interviewed after a race in 1971.
Atomic Cup fans get a good look at boats in the far turn.
Jim McCormick, driving Miss Madison, greets spectators on the dock in 1971.
Fans stack up to get a bird's-eye-view of the Atomic Cup races in 1971.
The Thunderbird Parachuting Club performed at the Atomic Cup race. They did free-falls before parachuting into the Columbia River in this photo published on July 26, 1971.
A view of the Atomic Cup 1971 spectators on the Pasco side of the Columbia River.
On the dock at the Atomic Cup in 1971 was Miss Tri-Cities, Jayne Rogers, far left. Iris Fohman had her back to the camera.
Bill Brackett of Kennewick and his U-95, an exact scale model of the former turbine-powered unlimited hydroplane is shown in this photo published on July 18, 1980.
A hot day at the boat races and a hot air balloon are shown in this photo from the 1980s.
Bernie Little was the driver of the Miss Budweiser in the 1981 boat races on the Columbia River.
Jack Schafer ready to take off in U-17 Tempus in the Columbia Cup races in this photo published on Aug. 1, 1982.
In 1982 Ron Snyder was the driver of the Frank Kenney Toyota hydroplane.
Brenda Jones was the driver of the Miss KYYX in this photo published on Aug. 1, 1982.
Buck Thornton was the driver of the Aronow Unlimited in this photo published on Aug. 1, 1982.
George Johnson was the driver of the Executone in this photo published on Aug. 1, 1982.
This photo, published on July 30, 1982 shows the crew of the Squire Shop checking the damage after the boat caught fire and had to be towed in.
Scott Pierce was the driver of the Oh Boy! Oberto in this photo published on Aug. 1, 1982.
Tom D'Eath was the driver of the Squire Shop in this photo published on Aug. 1, 1982.
The Tri-City Radio Club helped out with communications at the 1983 Columbia Cup
This photo, published on July 30, 1983 shows Atlas Van Lines unlimited hydroplane driver Chip Hanauer posed on the boat before competing in a 2-mile world qualifiying record with a speed of 131.387.
Final standings were tabulated on the board at the Atomic Cup on July 25, 1971. Jim McCormick, driver of Miss Madison, and Bill Muncey, driver of Atlas Van Lines were tied at 1,000 points. Miss Madison was declared the winner since the boat won the last race.
Miss Madison is lifted out of the Columbia River after the last race on July 25, 1971.
Giving the victory sign and resting minutes following the final race on July 26, 1971 was Jim McCormick, driver of the Miss Madison.
Spectators at the 1971 Atomic Cup came in all sizes, shapes and apparel to enjoy the races.
Jim McCormick, driving Miss Madison, came along the bank approaching the pit area and waved to the crowd after winning the Atomic Cup on July 25, 1971.
Debbie Warren, Kennewick, posts one of the decals advertising the Atomic Cup unlimited hydroplane races in this photo dated June 19, 1969.
Several can and glass recycling "centers" did a big business at the Atomic Cup in 1971. Many spectators carted empty containers to the cetners. Thousands of cans and bottles were collected and hauled off for recycling.
Unlimited hydroplane racing, featuring the fasted boats in the world, brought thousands of persons from throughout the Northwest to line the shores of the Columbia River during the Water Follies. This photo, published in1971 noted that this was the sixth running of the Atomic Cup race in July.
Hydroplane race fans lined the shore of the Columbia River and many chose to cool off in the water in between races. This photo was published in 1988.
Onlookers enjoyed the rooster tail of an unlimited hydro in this photo from the 1960s.
Duane Roppe applied the finishing touches to the paint job on the Tri-City-sponsored unlimited hydroplane Tri-City Sun in Pasco in this photo published on Sept. 23, 1965.
Cy Jannke, Richland, showed his 40-inch radio-controlled model hydroplane to queen candidates Janie Bartley, left, and Dianne Boutelle in this photo dated July 7, 1969. Jannke was among model-makers from the Tri-Cities, Portland, Seattle and Spokane who ran model sea-planes and hydros in a "Water Follies Run-for-Fun" meet that day.
Hydroplane fans who surged into Columbia Park to view the races on July 18, 1968 didn't need to stop at home first for breakfast. Pasco-Kennewick Rotary Club members prepared a pancake and sausage breakfast and expected to serve 3,000 meals. Shown are Howard Mackenstadt, left, and James Liebold, right are shown practicing their hotcake technique on a couple of willing eaters, Jerry Johnson, second from left, and Orville Marshall.