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“A Tribute to Seattle's First Sport - Great Museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum
5917 South 196th Street, Kent, WA 98032
206 764 9453
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Kent
Type: Museums
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Owner description: A museum chronicling the history of racing in the Pacific Northwest.
Sammamish, Washington
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“A Tribute to Seattle's First Sport - Great Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

I can never seem to get enough of this place. I grew up in Seattle when Unlimited Hydroplane Racing was the major league attraction every August. Thunderboats they called them, 30-foot long 180 MPH aircraft-engine powered craft, skimming on top and, often, out of the water. The rivalry between Detroit and Seattle for possession of the famed Gold Cup was greater than anything between Boston and New York in Baseball.

If you're a devotee of this high-speed sport, allow at least half-a-day to go through this place to see some legendary race boats from 1918 and into the modern era. the displays, artififacts, and films alone will take fascinate you. Great gift shop too. Very modest admission fee and minutes from Sea-Tac airport if you have a long layover between flights.

Be sure to visit the restoration shop. The friendly docent staff will give you a free tour.

Visited March 2011
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“Boats that fly !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

When in the Seattle area, anyone who has knowledge, interest, or interest in Unlimited Hydroplanes, should have the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum high on their list of things to see. Recently, while on a nostalgia trip of sorts to the Bellevue/Seattle area (having grown up there in the 1950-60's) I decided to go visit this great museum. Some of my favorite memories are of the beginnings and growth of hydroplane racing in Seattle, and seeing all the older hydros fully restored to their original glory was a sight to behold. Stan Sayres, who also happened to be our next door neighbor, went back to Detroit, and captured the "Gold Cup" and brought it back to Seattle....and the rest is history. Slo-Mo-Shun IV & Slo-Mo-Shun V were his creations, and the two boats were much loved by all in Seattle. Unlimited hydroplane racing has a long and glorius history in Seattle, and is still enjoyed by all generations.
The staff at the museum are very helpful, courteous and possess a great knowledge of the boats, and their histories. It it obvious that theirs is a labor of love. So, do yourself a favor, and visit the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum....you will not regret it !

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