After more than three decades, Bill Muncey’s 1977 Atlas Van Lines, aka The Blue Blaster, will finally get back in the water at Seafair 2014. Hydroplane racing legend Chip Hanauer, The Boat Guy, will do a demonstration run on each day of the Seattle celebration, August 1-3.
“I feel very privileged to be asked to drive Bill Muncey’s 1977 Atlas Van Lines at Seafair this year. I can even fit into my own Atlas Van Lines driving suit from over 30 years ago. I’ll also be doing the broadcast on KIRO TV for the all-day coverage of the Albert Lee Cup Hydroplane Race and Boeing Air Show on Sunday.
In my opinion, Bill Muncey was the greatest driver of all time and this is the boat he had much of his success with. It’s been painstakingly restored over four and a half years by volunteers at the Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum in Kent, WA.
Bill was killed in this very boat in a crash in Acapulco, Mexico in 1981. I was hired the following year by the Muncey family and Atlas Van Lines to drive a new boat. We won the Championship that year and I’ll never forget Bill or the opportunity they gave me. Bill’s entire family is traveling here from California for this historic event.”
-Chip Hanauer, The Boat Guy
For more details on this huge moment in unlimited hydro history, as well as updates on the Albert Lee Cup hydroplane racing competition, read this article in the Seattle Times from July 29, 2014.
Photo of Chip in Atlas Van Lines from Seafair 2014