Hydroplane Museum Director David Williams has been named the new driver of the U-48 unlimited hydroplane. The O'Farrell & Cheetum owned boat will be unveiled Friday in Tri-Cities, WA with a brand new paint job.More >>
Owner Greg O'Farrell was in Tri-Cities with the U-48 hydro. "I'm so excited to be driving this boat," David Williams said. "I went to my first race in 1963. For 45 years, I've been wanting to do this."More >>
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. "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."More >>
KENNEWICK, Wash - The U-48 plans to be on the water in Seattle for testing again sometime before Seafair, but won't be heading to the East Coast swing in 2007.
"Tri-Cities, Seattle, San Diego," said owner Greg O'Farrell of his plans. "Our goal is have the boat look good and finish. We're not going to be out there the front runners, I don't think."
The former Leland hull has been competitive in the past, but it's run on a pretty limited schedule, sharing some time under the U-99 moniker and landing in the finals infrequently. "We want to be competitive," said O'Farrell; "part of the show."
O'Farrell bought the boat and sought out David Williams for help. "I went to Dave and asked for advice," he said. Then, he turned to Williams to drive the U-48. "You helped me," he said; "you drive it."
And that's what Williams will do. "It's kind of gutsy," Williams said.