Atomic Cup

Location

Elma was a new site for ERCU in 2012 – in the shadows of the Satsop Business Park, which originated as a nuclear power plant that went unfinished – so the race at this site is known as the Atomic Cup.

Lake Bowers at Vance Creek Park
100 Wenzel Slough Road
Elma, Wash.

 

Directions

Click here for directions from Google Maps. Race will be held in the lake that’s to the north and west of the parking lot.


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Contest Director

Ron Daum

 

Race Format

  • Three preliminary heats of five laps each for modern and vintage classes
  • First and second connies for modern and vintage (depending on number of boats). First connie winner advances to the final as a trailer
  • Second place boat in the first connie is an alternate for the final
  • Winner-take-all championship finals for modern and vintage
  • Vintage class boats may use the propellers of their choice

 

Race History

Vintage Class Race Winners

2003 — 1957 Maverick. Owner/Driver: David Newton
2004 — 1970 Pay ‘n Pak’s Lil’ Buzzard. Owner/Driver: Jeff Campbell. Location: Fort Borst Park, Centralia
2005 – 1958 Thriftway Too. Owner/Driver: David Gardner. Location: Twin Lakes Park, Marysville
2012 – 1957 Hawaii Ka’i III. Driver: Nelson Holmberg. Owner: Ben Keller. Location: Bowers Lake at Vance Creek Park, Elma
2013 — 1971 Miss Madison. Owner/Driver: Ron Forister. Location: Bowers Lake at Vance Creek Park, Elma

Modern Class Race Winners

2003 – 1980 Tempus. Owner/Driver: David Newton
2004 – 1971 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak. Owner/Driver: Gale Whitestine. Location: Fort Borst Park, Centralia
2005 — 1973 Red Man Too. Driver: Monte Steere. Owner: Rick Lentz. Location: Twin Lakes Park, Marysville
2012 – 2010 Formula Boats. Owner/Driver: Nelson Holmberg. Location: Bowers Lake at Vance Creek Park, Elma
2013 — 1999 Miss Madison. Owner/Driver: Ron Forister. Location: Bowers Lake at Vance Creek Park, Elma

 

2013 Race Results

Modern Class

1. Ron Forister, 1999 Miss Madison
2. Lance Sponberg (R), 2009 Formula Boats
DNF Nelson Holmberg, 2013 Graham Trucking (169 points – collision rule)
DQ Bill Smiley, 1977 Charlie’s Girl
SCR Ron Daum, 2004 Llumar Window Films
SCR Robert Roberts, 2000 Znetix
SCR Robbie Roberts, 1984 Executone

 

Vintage Class

1. Ron Forister, 1971 Miss Madison
2. Ryan Opfer, 1968 Gale’s Roostertail
3. Nelson Holmberg, 1957 Hawaii Ka’i III (Owner: Ben Keller)
4. John Earnest, 1962 Gale V
5. Gerry Bordon, 1970 Parco’s O-Ring Miss ^
DNF Jim Latimer, 1962 $ Bill
DNS Bill Smiley, 1971 Hallmark Homes

* – Backup driver for the final
^ – Started final as a trailer

Race Statistics

Complete 2012 Results (pdf); 2013 results coming soon

 

History of the real Atomic Cup

For a full history of the real Atomic Cup, please click here to visit the Atomic Cup page on the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum’s website. This history is written by legendary unlimited hydroplane historian Fred Farley.