H1 Unlimited Season

Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison
on a roll with two races left

Team seeking its third straight
national championship

By Fred Farley
Contributing Writer

(September 2010) – With Steve David driving, the Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison community owned Unlimited hydroplane won the season-opening race for the Indiana Governor’s Cup at Madison, Ind., and took second in the APBA Gold Cup at Detroit. The team then headed west for two events in the state of Washington at the Tri-Cities (Kennewick-Pasco-Richland) and Seattle.

Miss Madison

Photo by Joe Saba

The Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison
won the 2010 Madison Regatta-
Indiana Governor’s Cup, and is the
favorite to win the National
High Points Championship.

The Tri-Cities race emerged as a repeat triumph. On July 25, Oh Boy! Oberto captured its third straight Columbia Cup on the Columbia River.
Dave Villwock and Spirit Of Qatar, the Gold Cup winners, appeared to have the Tri-Cities race won but were called for a driving infraction in the final turn of the Final Heat and had to run a penalty lap. This dropped them from first to fifth-place in the corrected order of finish.
Oh Boy! Oberto finished well ahead of second-place J. Michael Kelly and Graham Trucking in the Columbia Cup Final Heat.
In the words of David, “Winning the three peat was our goal. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for our whole team and I am very proud of all of them.”
This marked the sixth race win for the current Oh Boy! Oberto hull, built in 2007. It won at Seattle and San Diego during its debut season, at Madison in 2010, and at the Tri-Cities from 2008 onward.
Miss Madison Inc., which represents the City of Madison, now has four Tri-Cities triumphs. The team won in 1971 with the late Jim McCormick as driver.
On Aug. 8 in Seattle, the Miss Madison team chalked up another win.
David and Villwock battled each other and a rough Lake Washington throughout the five-lap Final Heat of the 2010 Albert Lee Cup with David using the inside lane advantage to take a close win. The outcome was in doubt right down to the last two seconds of the race.
The combination of high speed and rough water had both boats high out of the water and on the ragged edge throughout the final with David saying, “The trick was to keep the prop in the water so it was pushing the boat, which meant you had to get the nose in the air.”
“Winning in Seattle is so special,” David continued. “It’s our sponsor Art Oberto’s 83rd birthday, the Oberto company is located here and we had a lot of their friends and family with us.”
David also pointed out that it was the team’s third win of the season and added, “That is something we have never done before. Just another reason why this win is special.”
With four down and two races remaining on the 2010 H1 Unlimited calendar, Oh Boy! Oberto-Miss Madison is favored to win its third straight National High Point Championship for the for the city of Madison and its 13,000 owners.

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