Roostertail Talk

Roostertail Talk

A show dedicated for preserving the history, breaking down the racing and looking to the future of the incredible sport of Unlimited Hydroplane racing. My name is David Newton, and I will be bringing you a weekly show in which we will discuss the boats, drivers, owners, crew members, legends, fans and anything that is involved with the sport that I love; hydroplane racing.... Show More

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August 4, 2020 30 min

Welcome to the forty-seventh episode of Roostertail Talk. For this episode I interviewed Jimmy Shane, driver of the Miss HomeStreet unlimited hydroplane—sponsored by HomeStreet Bank. We talked about hydroplanes, family racing traditions, his entry into H1, the Porter years and the transition to the Miss Madison Racing Team. This is part 1 of a 2 part episode.  Enjoy!

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Welcome to the forty-sixth episode of Roostertail Talk.  With the absence of a lot of race this year (Seafair in particular), this episode revisits the final heat and award ceremony for the 1972 Seafair Regatta.  Relive the play by play of the thrilling final heat.  I have more of the race available, including a pre-race show and all of the preliminary heats, on my YouTube channel.  Enjoy!

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July 20, 2020 55 min

Missing hydroplane racing this summer? Yeah, us too! For us at Roostertail Talk it isn't quite summer without hydroplane racing.  Due to the covid-19 crisis in the world most (just about all) racing has been cancelled this summer.  For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, the height of summer always fell in that magical week between the Columbia Cup and Seafair.  With both of those races cancelled there is a big void in the su...

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July 14, 2020 47 min

Welcome to the forty forth episode of Roostertail Talk. I talk with Simon Fortin about his rookie season in the 2.5 liter class with HRL, safety, working for the F1 safety team.  Get to know more about this up and coming driver in this episode. Enjoy!

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July 7, 2020 39 min

Welcome to the forty third episode of Roostertail Talk. In this episode I am joined once again by my co-host Jeff Bernard as we interview Mike Weber.  We talk with Mike about his years with the Formulaboats Racing Team, going from Driver to Team Manager and Crew Cheif, his years racing Grand Prix and racing with his nephew Jeff.  This is part 2 of a 2 part interview. Enjoy!

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June 30, 2020 40 min

Welcome to the forty second episode of Roostertail Talk. In this episode I am joined once again by my co-host Jeff Bernard as we interview Mike Weber.  We talk with Mike about hydro heroes, the Detroit/Seattle rivalry and about his career in different classes of powerboat racing.  This is part 1 of a 2 part interview. Enjoy!

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Welcome to the forty first episode of Roostertail Talk.  This is the inaugural hydroplane trivia game-show, which features 3 H1 drivers as contestants: Jamie Nilson, Andrew Tate and Brian Perkins.  The game flows just like another game-show (Jeopardy) that most of us are familiar, except all of the questions are related to hydroplane racing! Who will win the first Roostertail Trivia Game?

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June 16, 2020 42 min

Welcome to the fortieth episode of Roostertail Talk. In this episode I continue my conversation with Russ about his attempts to qualify as an Unlimited Hydroplane driver, the American Challenge WSR and other record attempts and challenges. This is part 2 of a 2 part episode. Enjoy!

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June 15, 2020 41 min

Welcome to the thirty ninth episode of Roostertail Talk. Twenty years ago Russ Wick, along with many others, broke the speed record for propeller driven craft with the Miss Free-i hydroplane.  Russ joins the podcast and recalls the events that led up to the record attempt, and the people who helped make his dream a reality. Enjoy!

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June 9, 2020 45 min

Welcome to the thirty eighth episode of Roostertail Talk. In this episode I talk with Katy Norton.  Katy is the President of Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as the Race Director for the H1 Lake Guntersville Hydrofest.  Katy shared what it took to bring back hydroplanes to Lake Guntersville, the challenges of hosting a race and what the future holds for hydroplanes at Lake Guntersville. Enjoy!

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June 2, 2020 59 min

Welcome to the thirty seventh episode of Roostertail Talk. In this episode I talked with Dave Villwock over the phone about hydroplane hull designs, the Budweiser years, his favorite moments in the sport and a few other surprises.  This is part 2 of a 2 part interview. Enjoy!

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May 26, 2020 46 min

Welcome to the thirty sixth episode of Roostertail Talk. In this episode I talked with Dave Villwock over the phone.  We talked about hydroplanes, his years before reaching the unlimited ranks, the Circus Circus years, career highlights and even model radio controlled airplanes.  This is part 1 of a 2 part interview. Enjoy!

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May 19, 2020 59 min

Welcome to the thirty fifth episode of Roostertail Talk. I talk with long time crew member and fixture of the Miss Madison team, Charlie Grooms.  Charlie has been with the Miss Madison racing team for over 40 years. In part 3 of his interview, we talked about the turbine years of the Miss Madison team, the involvement of the Hanson Brothers and even his time as the Commissioner of the sport.  This is part 3 of a 3 part interview. E...

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May 12, 2020 50 min

Welcome to the thirty fourth episode of Roostertail Talk. I talk with long time crew member and fixture of the Miss Madison team, Charlie Grooms.  Charlie has been with the Miss Madison racing team for over 40 years. In part 2 of his interview, we talked about the purchase of the Miss Budweiser shop by Homestreet and Miss Madison, the future of the sport, his favorite Bernie Little story and what it means to share the sport with hi...

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Welcome to the thirty third episode of Roostertail Talk. I talk with long time crew member and fixture of the Miss Madison team, Charlie Grooms.  Charlie has been with the Miss Madison racing team for over 40 years. In part 1 of his interview, we talked about his career, different drivers the team has had over time and about some of the great sponsors Miss Madison has represented.  This is part 1 of a 3 part interview. Enjoy!

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April 28, 2020 53 min

Welcome to the thirty second episode of Roostertail Talk. In this episode, Patrick Haworth talks about his career in hydroplane racing, the HRL, Valleyfield and his plans for joining the Unlimited ranks in H1 this season (hopefully, depending on restrictions with Covid-19). Enjoy!

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April 21, 2020 51 min

Welcome to the thirty first episode of Roostertail Talk. Part 2 starts up with Jeff Bernard and myself talking with Mark Weber through his Unlimited career. Mark even shares a few stories about racing with his family and his nephew Jeff. Enjoy!

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April 14, 2020 38 min

Welcome to the thirtieth episode of Roostertail Talk.  It is hard to believe we have already produced thirty episodes! In this episode I join forces with co-host Jeff Bernard as we chat with Mark Weber about his hydroplane racing career, racing in Detroit, family traditions, HRL, and even the future of the sport.  This is a 2 part episode, so look back next week for part 2.  Enjoy!

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Welcome to the twenty ninth episode of "Roostertail Talk".  I checked in with H1 drivers Jeff Bernard and Andrew Tate.  They talked about their off-season preparation, summer driving plans as well as what they are doing to stay busy during this time of staying at home due to covid-19.  Enjoy!

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Welcome to the twenty eighth episode of "Roostertail Talk".  For this episode, I felt like going back in time.  Digging around the Roostertail Talk archives I pulled an audio recording of the 1995 Gold Cup. This was a great race for many reasons so why not relive the 1995 Gold Cup once again as if you were listening on the radio!

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