By Marc Connelly
Founded by Roger Newton in 1974, R/C Unlimiteds is the original, and most highly regarded organization dedicated to 1/8th scale radio controlled unlimited hydroplane racing in the world. R/CU races both ‘fast electric‘ (FE) and ‘nitro’ (piston powered) class boats, each finished in exacting detail to represent the full sized original. The boats are capable of speeds of nearly 60 mph and the racing is serious, and not merely a demonstration. We race on ponds all over Washington State throughout each summer, from April through September, culminating in the Gold Cup, raced on Lake Chelan.
Our facebook page is updated constantly throughout the racing season at facebook.com/rcunlimiteds.
Our YouTube page features heats, consolations, and finals that we are able to film at youtube.com/rcunlimiteds.
Bob Brackett with his U-95 model in 1980. Bob, along with his son Rob, have been instrumental in starting R/CU's FE class over the past few years.
John Hruby's 1978 Circus Circus races Bill Brandt's 1994 Miss Budweiser in Ellensburg. In R/CU, it is not uncommon to see modern turbine hydroplanes racing against shovelnose vintage boats; any boat can run!
A video produced by Bill Brandt in 2009, showcasing R/CU