'Hydroplane Heritage' released

New hydroplane book
to be released in August;
hydroplane movie 'Madison' won’t

By Don Ward

MADISON, Ind. (August 2003) – Unlimited hydroplane racing fans were hoping that August 2003 would have meant the national release of the movie “Madison,” filmed on location here in 1999.

Hydroplane Heritage

Book cover.

But sources close to the production team say the movie will not come out in August, however, they are still hoping for a fall release.
Meantime, hydroplane fans can pick up a soon-to-be-released book about Unlimited hydroplane racing by the sport’s official historian, Fred Farley, and co-author Ron Harsin of Madison.
Farley, the American Power Boat Association/Hydro-Prop Inc.
Unlimited historian, has compiled a collection of his stories that will be published in a book titled “Madison: Hydroplane Heritage” and available for sale in late August.
Harsin helped Farley, a Milton, Ky., resident, prepare his manuscript for publication by Bristol Fashion Publications, the world’s largest nautical publishing house, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa. Harsin helped write some of the non-racing portions of the book, as well as contribute the computer graphics.
“This book has been in the works for the past year,” Farley said. “Ron and I came up with a concept that focused on the Unlimited hydroplane sport in general and Madison, Indiana, in particular. We wanted to show how Madison fits into the overall picture of boat racing.”
Farley said this type of book has not yet been published. “A number of books on Unlimited hydros have been published. But none of those ever concentrated on a specific race site as our book does. We talk about the town, the Madison Regatta, and the community-owned Miss Madison,” he said.
The publisher had hoped to arrange the book signing in conjunction with an anticipated August 2003 national release of the movie “Madison,” about the 1971 Gold Cup victory by the locally owned boat.

Fred Farley

Fred Farley

"We will have the book signing and release the book regardless of whether the movie comes out,” Kaufman said.
Farley said, “There is a chapter that deals with the “Madison” motion picture. But this is not the primary focus of the book.”
The book is 380 pages pages and will include 10 pages of color photos and hundreds of black and white photos, according to a press release. The cost is $34.95 with free shipping. The book also is expected to be available at Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores as well as several other large booksellers, Kaufman said.
“Madison: Hydroplane Heritage” focuses on the Unlimited hydroplane sport in general and Madison, Ind., in particular. The book is dedicated to the crew of the 1971 Gold Cup-winning Miss Madison.
Farley, 59, is a Seattle native who retired from public school and community college teaching there in 1996, then moved to Milton in 1999 with his wife, Carol.
Farley holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle. He says he first visited the Madison Regatta in 1971. “I’ve attended every subsequent Madison Regatta except 1974, when it was run in October.”
To date, he has attended 205 Unlimited hydroplane races. Farley was appointed APBA Unlimited Historian in 1973. In 2001, his official title was changed to APBA/HYDRO-PROP Unlimited Historian.

Ron Harsin

Ron Harsin

Farley continues to work hydroplane events for Hydro-Prop Inc., which now owns and operates the Unlimited racing series. Madison is one of six stops on the annual circuit. Farley also writes hydroplane articles for several publications, including RoundAbout.
Farley said he is dedicating the book to the July 4, 1971, crew of the Miss Madison: Tony Steinhardt, Bobby Humphrey, Dave Stewart, Keith Hand, Russ Willey, Harry Volpi, Everett Adams and the driver, the late Jim McCormick. Many of the 1971 Gold Cup race photos were taken by my friend Rich Ormbrek, who worked for
Farley in those days. “It’s my hope that, 50 years from now, when all of us are long gone, “Madison: Hydroplane Heritage” will stand as a reminder to future generations of what power boat racing meant to the city of Madison and how racing became a part of the culture in the Ohio River Valley,” Farley said.

Call 1-800-478-7147 to reserve a copy. All reserved books will be shipped the Friday before Labor Day 2003 by priority mail.

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