U-48 unveiled - Driver David Williams: "It's been a life-long dream" - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

U-48 unveiled - Driver David Williams: "It's been a life-long dream"

KENNEWICK, Wash - It was hydro racing weather on the Columbia River:  bright sun, a little bit of wind, and nearly 98 degrees.  It made for the perfect backdrop to unveil the new yellow and green paint job on the U-48.

Owner Greg O'Farrell was in town to show off the hull he bought from Fred Leland, adorned with the name "David Williams" on the canopy.  50-year old David Williams is no stranger to unlimited hydroplane racing.  He's the curator at the Hydroplane Racing Museum and has been driving hydros for years.  But this is his first official ride as the official driver.

"I'm so excited to be driving this boat," Williams said.  "I went to my first race in 1963.  For 45 years, I've been wanting to do this."

"It's a life long dream," he said.  "My feet aren't even touching the ground right now.

The boat is sponsored by Lakeridge Paving and it ran under that name in its past life.  "It blew over in the Tri-Cities a couple years ago," said O'Farrell.

The U-48 was in the Tri-Cities for testing alongside the black-and-yellow checkered U-37.  Owner Billy Schumacher was on hand for the testing today and watched as the boat made its way around the open Columbia River waters.

"We'll be faster this year," Schumacher said.

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