2022 FVRC Spring Thunder Regatta

March 18-20th, 2022


This will go down as an experience that anyone will remember forever. A very few lucky people will get to ride in one of the most beautiful unlimited race boats of all time. At the only other event that Miss US was featured in, the limited number of rides was sold out. Do not be disappointed. Get your reservation in.

Owned by Jay Armstrong of Papillion, Nebraska. She will be driven by the several time national champion, Mark Weber of Detroit, Michigan. You will be using about 25 gallons of high-octane aviation fuel in your five laps on the course.

Miss US is an original Unlimited class hull built in 1957 by Henry Lauterbach with design assistance by Bob Rowland. Henry was considered the absolute premier builder of hydroplanes for some 30 years. After 54 years in storage, the hull was restored by Doug Morin. The motor is lovingly maintained by George Czarnecki, along with Chuck Herring.

She is by far the largest boat at the event at 31’ 8”. The engine is a 1943 Allison V1710 aircraft engine of 1710 cu. In. supercharged and puts out some 2000 horsepower. The engine was originally used in the famous Mustang WWII fighter aircraft.

The riders will be signed up as members of APBA to be allowed on course and must sign a waiver of liability. The fee for this once in a lifetime adventure is $1500. This is payable with your reservation. As you can appreciate something may break on this old girl and it may not run. We will refund your payment should this occur.

Dave Richardson
Ph: 386.972.8229
Email: LauterbachGP200@gmail.com

Registration Instructions:

Please read these instructions carefully to ensure full registration.

Option 1: Complete all registration forms, save them to your computer, determine the total amount due and pay by credit card below. You will need to UPLOAD the finished documents when making the payment so we can match the amount to your purchases.

Option 2: PRINT and MAIL registration forms with Check or Money order to: FVRC, PO Box 561544, Rockledge, FL. 32955

Option 3: (Least desirable) Complete forms and pay registration + late fee at event using cash, check, or credit card. Banquet tickets may not be available for participants at the event.




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    Important Notes

    After registering, please stop by Miss US, prior to 10:30, to let us know you are present in the pit area. Miss US will be easy to find….just look for the biggest red boat in the pits.

    Participant is required to wear closed shoes. It is advised that any additional crew members also comply with the APBA safety rules while in the pit area. Please be aware and safe in the pit area. No smoking or alcohol is allowed.

    Should you have questions, please email Roger Hinsdale at tennesseenavy@gmail.com, or call 423-682-0208 at the event or 423-452-0428 prior to the event.