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PT boat out, thunderboat in for car-boat show

by: SUBMITTED - One of the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum's vintage hydroplanes will now be the big attraction at the 2013 Oswego Heritage Council's big car-boat weekend on Aug. 17 to 18.The 14th Annual Oregon Heritage Council Collector Car and Classic Boat Show is getting a new star for 2013.

The original star attraction, PT 658, will be going into dock for some much needed repairs. It was a popular attraction for past car-boat shows because it is the only surviving PT boat from World War II that is still seaworthy.

But there will be a great replacement attraction on hand with a vintage hydroplane from the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, Wash., the only public museum dedicated to powerboat racing. The museum is the home for vintage hydroplanes spanning seven decades, including boats that have won 17 Gold Cups.

Jude Graham, executive director of the Oswego Heritage Council, said she is not sure which one of these beauties will be coming to Lake Oswego on Saturday, Aug. 17, but it will certainly dazzle onlookers when it sails into Foothills Park to open the big weekend of cars, boats and water skiers.

Hydroplanes, also called Thunderboats, use the water they are on for lift rather than buoyancy, as well as for propulsion and steering, thus lifting the majority of the hull out of the water. Thunderboats have been clocked at over 290 miles per hour.

Another rare, vintage, boat set for display is a World War II DUKW, which is a 2 1/2 ton, 6 by 6 amphibious truck. It will be moored at the docks at Foothills Park.

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