Thursday, March 13, 2008

Garage Sale Find - Hydroplane Racing Trophy

I have no idea who "DR. HITZ" was, or what finally did him in, but I sure am glad that somebody had the good sense to set up a memorial hydro race in his honor. Otherwise, I never would have had a chance to own this 1961 DR. HITZ MEMORIAL CSH 3RD. trophy.

The base of the trophy is made from inch-thick solid mahogany, but the bevel makes it feel even more substantial. The wood was given a thick, glossy clearcoat and really invokes the feel of a classic wooden boat. The dynamic rear flourish, reminiscent of late 1950's roadside sign architecture presents a stylized hydroplane roostertail.

Makes me want to tie a crude wooden hydroplane to the back of my stingray with a 10 foot cord and race the neighbor kids around the cul-de-sac.