What's it like driving an unlimited hydroplane cross country? Just ask U-3's Ed Cooper - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

What's it like driving an unlimited hydroplane cross country? Just ask U-3's Ed Cooper

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Owner Ed Cooper and his wife drove the U-3 Chrysler Jeep unlimited hydroplane all the way from Evansville, Indiana.  It arrived in the Tri-Cities Tuesday night and will stay at Parrish Plumbing until Friday.

Dragging the 14 and  a half foot boat across the highways to get here isn't easy.  "We stay out of drive throughs," said Cooper.

14 unlimited hydroplanes are expected to be in the Tri-Cities for the weekend's Water follies... plus four vintage hydroplanes.

Full list of boats >>

The U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison will arrive on Wednesday and make an appearance at the KNDU-TV studios for the 5 & 6pm news broadcast along with the vintage Miss Thriftway.

The U-9 Conover Insurance is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday as well as the brand new U-21 Freedom Racing boat, which will be at Meyers' Auto Tech from 4-6pm.

KNDO/KNDU LIVE COVERAGE starts Friday at 5pm with live coverage of the Vintage Race and Unlimited Hydroplans Dash for Cash at 5:20pm.  Then a full day of live racing from 10am-5pm on Sunday.  On-air broadcast will be simulcast as a live stream on HydroInsider.com

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