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Ole Bardahl’s third Miss Bardahl marked the pinnacle of the round-bow hydroplanes when she raced from 1962 through 1965. Bardahl won three consecutive Gold Cups and National Championships in 1963-64-65. Her driver, Ron Musson, was arguably the best of his era, and perhaps any era. The record book tells us that. Less is known about how Bardahl’s implausibly young crew, led by the older Hall of Fame crew chief Leo Vanden Berg, infused the sport with innovative technical advances and fussy quality control that gave Bardahl its winning edge.
This boat and team spanned the waning years of minor-league Seattle. It was a less haughty age, a time when the citizenry still loved hydros. Northwest youths spent their summer days outdoors building forts in the fir and alder woods, playing fly-up at the schoolyard, listening to transistor radios at the beach, and towing wooden hydros behind their bikes. Curfew was signaled by the streetlights turning on at dusk, and parents sometimes didn’t lock their doors at night.
This is the saga of Miss Bardahl’s glory days, set against the backdrop of 1950s and ’60s Puget Sound life — how she raced, became “lost” while on East Coast display duty, was found decaying in New Hampshire after a three-year search, retrieved by Seattle’s fledgling hydro museum, and ultimately restored to full running condition. Again today, the Green Dragon roars!
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“Osterberg takes us behind the scenes of this high speed, high risk game. Dragon Days is more than spills and thrills; it provides insight to the huge cast of characters – Ron Musson, Ole Bardahl, the young but talented Bardahl crew, and rivals like legendary Bill Muncey, Mira Slovak, Rex Manchester, Bill Brow, and Chuck Thompson – and their myriad squabbles, animosities and rivalries, no punches pulled. The explanation of hydro racing terminology is the best I’ve seen anywhere. If you chased hydro dreams as a kid growing up in Seattle, back when all three network TV stations televised the Seafair race, you shouldn’t miss Dragon Days.”
— Bill Knight, former sports editor, hydro beat writer, Seattle Post-Intelligencer