Model Builder: Mitch Dillard

Construction: Wood and Foam

Year Built: 2009* (* Rebuilt Jan. 2015 – Jim Latimer)

Motor: AquaCraft AQUG-7000 L36/56 7.2-18V-6 Pole-Brushless

Radio: Spektrum

Electronic Speed Controller: AquaCraft AQUM 7011 60 Amp

Propeller: Graupner K-45

Paint Colors: Gray, Red & White

Graphics: Vinyl – Mitch Dillard/Dan Clark

 

Notes about the Model: Previously raced in Classic Thunder 1/10th Scale club for former owner Dan Clark. Acquired by Jim Latimer in January, 2015. After a front end rebuild, the boat made it’s ERCU debut at Lake Alice Joy, winning her first heat of competition and earning 1000 points on the day.

 

Notes about the Real Boat: The 1964 Harrah’s Tahoe Miss, nicknamed “The Gray Ghost”, arrived on the scene at the Dixie Cup in Guntersville, Alabama where she suffered from mechanical problems to finish a disappointing tenth place. She made her mark two weeks later at the Detroit Gold Cup, where she won three heats before finishing third to eventual winner Miss Bardahl and Ron Musson.She went on to finish third two more times during the season and won the Governor’s Cup in Madison, Indiana. A broken connecting rod kept her from winning the Seafair Trophy race after starting dead last and picking off competitors one-bye-one until she was about to pass the leader on lap four of the final heat. Through it all, she finished third in National High Points for 1964, and followed that up with a fourth place in 1965, where she again won the Governor’s Cup & the Spirit of Detroit Regatta. Always fast, she was arguably the last, truly competitive Les Staudacher designed and built hull, powered first by a two-staged Allison 1710 and then on occasion by a turbocharged version of the same engine.She was owned by casino giant, William Fisk “Bill” Harrah, and called Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe her home port. “The Gray Ghost” was chauffeured by her hard charging driver, legendary Chuck Thompson.

 

Notes about 2016: No Information Submitted

1964 U-3 Harrah's Tahoe Miss

Owner: “Gentleman” Jim Latimer (Lacey, Washington)
Driver(s): “Gentleman” Jim Latimer