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Hydroplanes: A Seattle Tradition

KPLU file photo
One of the many hydroplanes on display at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent

Before the Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders FC, and even the Sonics, there was one big spectator sport that captivated Seattle: hydroplane racing. The Seafair tradition continues this weekend on Lake Washington.

In celebration of the Seattle summer staple, we are bringing back a piece KPLU reporter Gary Crawford did three years ago. Crawford talks with hydroplane racing legends Bill Wurster and 11-time Gold Cup Champion Chip Hanauer. This piece from our “Tourist in Your Own Town” series originally aired on August 1, 2013.

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