Miss Madison

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Miss Madison, in the colors of 'Oh Boy! Oberto' in 2007

Miss Madison is an H1 Unlimited hydroplane. It is the only community-owned unlimited hydroplane in the world. It is based out of Madison, Indiana, a small town of 12,000 residents on the Ohio River which annually hosts the Madison Regatta. The story of the boat and city are the subject of the 2004 film Madison.

History[edit]

The team was started in 1960 when industrialist Samuel F. Dupont donated one of his hydroplanes to the town in 1961 to be run in the American Power Boat Association races. The town has run boat "U-6" in high-points unlimited hydroplane racing since 1961 (except in 2009 when they used "U-1", the National Champion of 2008) which makes them the longest-running team in the sport. Through 2008 the U-6 team has used only 7 different hulls, although number 6 was used for only one race in 1988 when the new 5th Miss Madison hull crashed at San Diego in 1988. The Miss Madison team leased the U-3 Risley's hull from owners Ed Cooper, Sr., and Ed Cooper, Jr., for the final race of the year in Las Vegas. The U-3 was officially the U-6 Miss Madison at this one event. The 2nd-to-last hull was built in 1988 by Ron Jones Marine in Seattle, Washington. The hull was first used as a piston-engined boat powered by a V-12 Allison aircraft engine. It was later redesigned for a Lycoming turbine engine, the same type of engine used in the Chinook helicopters. The current U-6 Miss Madison racing hull was built in 2007 for the Air National Guard H1 Unlimited Series.

Hulls[edit]

Miss Madison Racing Hulls
(1961–present)
HULL # Years Wins Powerplant Formerly Notes
1 1961-1963
0
Allison V-12 U-79 Nitrogen Destroyed in 1963 Gold Cup trials
2 1963-1971
3
Allison V-12 U-79-2 Nitrogen Too 1971 Gold Cup champion
3 1972-1977
0
Allison V-12 - -
4 1978-1988
1
Allison V-12 Pay 'n Pak and Atlas Van Lines -
5 1988-1990
1
Allison V-12 - -
- 1991-2006
2
Lycoming Turbine - -
6 1988
0
Allison V-12 Risley's -
7 2007–Present
12
Lycoming Turbine - -

Wins[edit]

The Miss Madison had only a handful of wins in its history prior to joining the H-1 Unlimited series. The biggest occurred in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012, when she won the National High Point Championship for the racing season. The single biggest individual victory occurred in 1971, when the Gold Cup (the World Series of hydroplane racing) was held in Madison for the first time. U-6 went on to win the Atomic Cup in Tri-Cities, Washington, that same year, and finished second nationally in overall points for the 1971 season.

Other major victories occurred when she won in 2001 and 2010 in Madison for the home town fans. Miss Madison has won in Guntersville, Alabama in 1965, Lake Ozark, Missouri in 1983, San Diego, California in 1993, Thunder on the Ohio in Evansville, Indiana in 2005, and the Columbia Cup in Tri-Cities, Washington in 2008 and 2009. Two wins in 2007 coming in Seattle at the Seafair Cup, and San Diego, California. However, Steve David, driving the boat since 2001, won the overall drivers points championship in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 in H1 Unlimited.

National High Point Championships[edit]

Year Driver
2008 Steve David
2009 Steve David
2010 Steve David
2012 Steve David

Gold Cup Championships[edit]

Year Driver
1971 Jim McCormick
2014 Jimmy Shane

Sponsorship[edit]

As with any racing team, sponsors have been important to keep teams running. Miss Madison has had many title sponsors through the years. Many of them have been large companies. The boat, racing under the official number U-6, started out as just the Miss Madison and remained that way for a very long time. Sponsorships became a big part of the team after 1988 when the new hull was beginning its racing career. Miss Madison has been sponsored by Mazda, Holset, Kelloggs Frosted Flakes, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, and DeWalt Tools. The present sponsor is Oberto Beef Jerky.

History of Miss Madison Sponsors Hamm's Beer 1975 Miss Lynnwood 1976 Armstrong's Machine 1977 Starvin Marvin 1977 Dr. Toyota 1980 Frank Kenney Toyota 1981-82 Miss Rich Food Plan Service 1982-83 American Speedy Printing 1984-85 The Ching Group 1985 Holset Miss Madison 1986-90 Holset Miss Mazda 1989-90 Kellogg's Tony the Tiger 1992 Kellogg's Frosted Flakes 1993-94 Miss Jasper Engines & Transmissions 1995 DeWalt Tools 1995-97 Powerball Miss Madison 1998 Oh Boy! Oberto 2000-2013 Oberto 2014–present [1]

Sponsors by Year and Hull[edit]

Year Hull Number Name
1961 5879 Miss Madison
1962 5879 Miss Madison
1963 5879 Miss Madison
1963 6079 Miss Madison
1964 6079 Miss Madison
1965 6079 Miss Madison
1966 6079 Miss Madison
1967 6079 Miss Madison
1968 6079 Miss Madison
1969 6079 Miss Madison
1970 6079 Miss Madison
1971 6079 Miss Madison
1972 7206 Miss Madison
1973 7206 Miss Madison
1974 7206 Miss Madison
1975 7206 Miss Madison / Hamm’s Bear
1976 7206 Miss Madison / Miss Lynnwood
1977 7206 Miss Madison / Barney Armstrong’s Machine / Starvin’ Marvin
1978 7325 Miss Madison (Hull originally U-25 Pay’n Pak)
1979 7325 Miss Madison
1980 7325 Dr. Toyota
1981 7325 Frank Kenney Toyota-Volvo
1982 7325 Frank Kenney Toyota-Volvo / Rich Plan Food Service
1983 7325 Frank Kenney Toyota-Volvo / Rich Plan Food Service
1984 7325 American Speedy Printing
1985 7325 American Speedy Printing
1986 7325 Holset - Miss Madison
1987 7325 Holset - Miss Madison
1988 7325 Holset - Miss Madison
1988 8803 Miss Madison (Leased from Cooper’s Express)
1988 8806 Holset - Miss Madison / Risley’s Holset - Miss Madison
1989 8806 Holset - Miss Madison / Holset Miss Mazda
1990 8806 Holset - Miss Madison / Holset Miss Mazda
1991 8806 Gaylord’s at Kilohana / Valvoline Miss Madison / Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
1992 8806 Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger
1993 8806 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes
1994 8806 Powerball / Miss Madison
1995 8806 Jasper Engines and Transmissions / Dewalt Tools
1996 8806 Dewalt Tools
1997 8806 Dewalt Tools
1998 8806 Miss Madison
1999 8806 Miss Madison (White)
2000 8806 Miss Madison (Yellow) / Oh Boy! Oberto
2001 8806 Oh Boy! Oberto
2002 8806 Oh Boy! Oberto
2003 8806 Oh Boy! Oberto
2004 8806 Oh Boy! Oberto
2005 8806 Oh Boy! Oberto
2006 8806 Oh Boy! Oberto
2007 0706 Oh Boy! Oberto
2008 0706 Oh Boy! Oberto
2009 0706 Oh Boy! Oberto (U-1)
2010 0706 Oh Boy! Oberto (U-1)
2011 0706 Oh Boy! Oberto (U-1)
2012 0706 Oh Boy! Oberto
2013 0706 Oh Boy! Oberto (U-1)
2014 0706 Oberto

from http://www.namba.com

Drivers[edit]

Drivers of U-6 Miss Madison since 1961.

Driver Year
Marion Cooper 1961-1963
Morlan Visel 1963
Buddy Byers 1963-1965
Jim McCormick 1966, 1969-1971
Ed O'Halloran 1967-1968
Charlie Dunn 1972-1973
Tom Sheehy 1973, 1982
Milner Irvin 1974, 1978-1981, 1984
Jerry Bangs 1975
Ron Snyder 1976, 1982–84, 1986–88
Jon Peddie 1977-78
Andy Coker 1985-1986
Jerry Hopp 1986, 2000
Mitch Evans 1988
Mike Hanson 1988-98
Todd Yarling 1999
Charley Wiggins 2000
Nate Brown 2000
Steve David 2001-2013
Jon Zimmerman 2011 (Back-up driver for the Gold Cup while Steve David is recovering from injuries from Madison)
Jimmy Shane 2014-

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