Model Builder: Craig Bradshaw
Construction: Carbon Fiber Composite
Year Built: No Information Submitted
Motor: Himax 3630-1500
Electronic Speed Controller: ETTI 150 Navy Race
Propeller: Octura X447R
Paint Colors: Red
Graphics: Screen Printed Vinyl by John Walcker and
Precision Screen Graphics of Woodinville, WA
Notes about the Model: This is a new hull for 2010. It is carbon fiber composite construction using the LLumar mould. The Grandview debuted at the Rose Festival Regatta in Portland and ran at the Presidents Cup and Gold Cup in 2010. The boats overall performance has been good and she won the 1/10 Scale Modern Class at the 2012 NAMBA FE Nationals with NAMBA VP Ted McKay driving.
Notes about the Real Boat: The Cooper Motorsports’ Go 3 Racing team’s “Big Red Turbinator” is a fan favorite and a throw back. In a decade when the gas turbine engine powered hydros dominate, the U3 is the last piston-powered Unlimited-class hydro. Where the rest of the boats whistle and look suspiciously like waterborne vacuum cleaners, the roar of U-3’s turbocharged Allison aircraft engine declares its power to all in attendance in no uncertain terms. Fans love it when they can not only hear is pass but feel it too, that’s power baby! The Cooper legacy began in 1985, when Ed Cooper Sr. and Ed Jr. bought an old-style hull from Chuck Hickling. This is the fourth boat, introduced midway through the 2002 season, has been the fastest yet and the most successful having won three races in 2003: Evansville, Ind.; San Diego; and Detroit, where Mitch Evans won power boating’s oldest and most prestigious trophy, the APBA Gold Cup. Over the years, the U-3 team has sported the name and logo of 13 different sponsors. In 2009 at Tri Cities and Seattle she was sponsored by the Grandview Resort on Lake Chelan Resort racing as the “Grandview on the Lake”.
Notes about 2015: The Grandview is expected to see minimal action in 2015.