Owner/Driver: Dave Richardson

Designer: Lauterbach

Location: East Palatka, Florida

Boat History:

A 1976 Henry Lauterbach design built by Henry Lauterbach. It is a grand prix hydroplane with the original hull. Its length is 21’6″ and is powered by a Chevy 800 HP 8 cylinder 600 cu. in. engine.  One of the most famous Lauterbach hydroplanes, it was built for his brother Norman. The Leuterbach Special was a winner from day one. It changed owners and names several times and was retired in the early 1990s. During its heydey, the Lauterbach Specialcompeted in three different classes: H, 7 litre, and GP. It held the national hi-point championships in 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1981. Its highest world lap record was 119.6 mph in 1984. The Lauterbach Special was driven by such famous drivers as Terry Turner, Chip Hanauer, Tom D’Eath, Larry Lauterbach, and Butch Kropfeld.