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Miss Bardahl is a 30’ long, 7000 lb unlimited hydroplane race boat. Powered by a 3,000 HP Roll-Royce Merlin aircraft engine, this craft is capable of speeds in excess of 180 MPH while literally flying across the surface of the water on a cushion of air. With only three points – 1 propeller blade and the two sponsons – touching the water at any time, Miss Bardahl leaves a “roostertail” of spray over 40 feet high when speeding by. Racing between 1962 and 1965, the team won an unprecedented 3 APBA Gold Cups, 3 National Championships, 1 World Championship, set lap, race and heat records (some which stood almost a decade), and introduced new technology that revolutionized the sport while running a record 57 consecutive heats without an engine failure.

Spec Sheet

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Proudest record for the Miss Bardahl Crew: Reliability.

Jon Osterberg's updated e-book on the history of Miss Bardahl, Dragon Days, is now available on Amazon!

No Events for Miss Bardahl in 2020 due to COVID.  See the Events section of this site for a preliminary list of 2021 appearances.

Miss Bardahl races an Airplane! (video, Pasco, 2018)

2013 APBA West Coast Vintage Team of the Year

Leo Vanden Berg (1917 - 2004) Miss Bardahl crew chief 1962-66

This purpose of this site is to provide as complete a documentation as possible for the 1962-65 Miss Bardahl, and to educate about the boat and its deep history. This site is not associated with the Bardahl Chemical Corp.

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