The first Advance United was a Jones built hull.
It was honeycomb aluminum and built as a "J" class (DIV II).
The A/U group couldn't beat Nip Thomas in the Lancer so they decided
to go H (DIV. I)
with a turbocharged 427. The motor was built by the Traco engine works
and required a two speed transmission built by Weisman out of California.
Fred Wines spent a fortune on that boat and never could beat Nip. I think
here were 2 Traco engines for a while. Double turbochargers, air to water
intercoolers and $2000 (at that time) of stainless steel lines and fittings.
Kevin Winters did the painting.
Photo provided by Francois Lesperance.
Kankakee mid 1970's
by Wally Milosivich. Driven by Kent MacPhail.
provided by Dick Harris.
The second Advance United was a Wally Milosivich built hull.
Miami, Florida - February 1977
Photo by the Hall family.
Photo courtesy of Hydroplane Quebec.
The third Advance United was a "used" Lauterbach owned by Jules
'The Foot' Leboeuf and campaigned as Boomerang H-155.
It was Jules first GP boat and his first step in the faster GP class.
Leboeuf used to kick butt in his Zoomerang F-155 before making
the big step.
Bommerang H-155 was originally ordered from Henry Lauterbach
Jules had the boat for a couple of years and decided to retire from
boat racing and sold the boat to Fred Wines.
The story of him selling shook Valleyfield. Who would compete against
the Long Gone?
Jules was, and still is, a local favorite.
It took a couple of years to finally see Robert Theoret win in the
Jules ordered another Lauterbach hydro and campaigned it as Leboeuf
Who doesn't remember the 1977 clash between Bill Hodges and Jules in
the GP final at Valleyfield.
It was neck to neck from start to finish and Bill won by a foot.
The above two photos are of the Boomerang - Long Gone race.What
a race it was!
It's too bad there isn't a better color photo of the Boomerang
than the one earlier, but it was in the same color scheme
as the Zoomerang you see on the Vintage circuit but the orange
(The above 3 newspaper photos are courtesy of Benoit Lemay)
first AU Lauterbach came to Minnesota with a Chrysler Hemi and that blew
up in testing on the St.Croix river near Stillwater, MN.
Chevy's were built and it competed many times until blown over by Kent MacPhail in Washington trying to set a kilo record.
1978 Valleyfield, Quebec
This was the first Lauterbach built hull Fred Wines campaigned as GP-111
(Photo courtesy of Benoit Lemay)
1978 GP Nationals
Lake Calhoun, Minnesota
Hydros left to right - Peanut, Advanced United, Speckled
Pup, Heavy Hauler,
Long Gone and Uncle Norman's (Don
Ryan's) Lauterbach Special.
(Photo courtesy of Phil Kunz)
Photo provided by Francois Lesperance
Advance United - Valleyfield
Note water running from bailer....where's the rudder?
(Photo provided by Benoit Lemay)
Advance United - St. Petersburg, Florida 1978
Note the strobe light on the rear cowling!
Photo courtesy of Hall family
Photo that appeared in the 44th Annual Southland Sweepstakes Regatta
Photo courtesy of Rich Wilhelm family
....from Larry Lauterbach
was the last boat that Fred Wine's bought from us in fact the only boat
he bought from us.
He sold it to Roger Mahan and Roger raced it with a
Chrysler Hemi engine in it just maybe once or twice then parked it.
later Carl Wilson bought it and started to restore it as AU."
St Timothee, Quebec 1986
Pleasure Seekers GP-156
This is the second Advance United Lauterbach hull.
The first A/U Lauterbach hull was destroyed in a straightaway speed
record attempt by Kent MacPhail in Washington State.
(Photo courtesy of Benoit Lemay)
This boat was restored as Advance United by Carl Wilson & Tom Bertolini.
restoration of the Pleasure Seekers hull
Here is my quest to restore a hull to my absolute favorite Grand Prix
of all time - the Advance United.
This is the second one built originally
Where do you put the pin to hold the boat on the trailer?
A fun 13 hour ride back home....
||This is what is left of the classic Lauterbach cockpit/dash
Well, at least the hardware is mostly there.
The sponson fell off as soon as I got home.
A few holes....
The actual trailer from the first conventional Advance United
which was destroyed in a Kilo record attempt.
The temporary name...
This is what happens when you leave a wood hull outside uncovered for
The last owner showed us photos of when he bought it. Believe it or
not, it was in perfect shape with beatiful varnished wood in the cockpit.
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