Big Chief

Big Chief

Owner/Driver:  Dave Richardson, Wellesley Island, NY

The original hull was designed and built by Henry Lauterbach in 1972. It is a 2.5 Litre Modified Class A Hydroplane. The hull is 16’6″ long. The boat is powered by a 1962 Chevy 225 HP 4 cylinder 153 cu. in. engine. The boat raced from 1972 to 1997. In 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1987, it was the OVMBRA Highpoint Champion. In 1982, it was the North American Champion. It raced in Region 6 for many years and was the Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan State Champion. Its fastest speed was 128.9 mph. Local Philip Sharples ran the boat from 1991 to 1997. The current owner and driver began running the boat in 2007.