Mapes Mile High Regatta
Classic Thunder Racing Series – Race #5
On behalf of our club members and sponsors, welcome to the fun and exciting world of Classic Thunder 1/10th Scale Electric Hydroplane Racing. For over 20 years now we’ve been sharing the thrills of fast electric racing in communities throughout Western Washington. Our models are fashioned exclusively after real unlimited hydroplanes, so many of which have graced the waters of nearby Lake Washington and other venues over the last half century. Most of us grew up watching their huge roostertails fly as they battled for the Gold Cup and Seafair trophies right here in our own back yard. We as members share a passion for the hydros, their history and the hobby that brings us all together. Each race gives us a chance to celebrate our common fascination with the boats and to satisfy our collective “need for speed”.
In Division 1 competition, our goal is to bring back a piece of hydroplane racing’s “Golden Era” from the 1950’s and 60’s. At the same time, we intend to make a little history of our own. This “vintage” class of racing is the essence of Classic Thunder’s origin. However, we also strive to keep one foot in the present day and look ahead to a bright future with a class of more powerful, more contemporary boats. Division 2 is made up of replicas modeled after boats primarily from the 1970’s through the mid 1980’s. We started this “more modern” class in 2001 and revised it in 2013 with the introduction of Division 3. Division 3 racing started in 2013 when we decided to separate the modern “open cockpit” boats from the “closed canopy” modern boats that we’ve seen since the mid 1980’s.
We invite you to ask any questions you may have and are always interested in helping others get more information about what we do. We enjoy putting on a good show and entertaining spectators of all ages. This season, and many to come, will no doubt bring with it more fabulous Classic Thunder racing action. Come join the fun!
The members of Classic Thunder