Hornet II Arrives At Her New Home – Fort Mahogany

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Midnight on Friday night Hornet II completed her trip out of Nevada, and now resides on Gull Lake Minnesota in the John Allen Collection.  This is a dream come true, and when I was talking with John, he was giddy. And as you all know by the time you have gotten this far in any collecting, excitement is everything. John is the perfect caretaker for the perfect coolest most insane boat ever.

We of course have a zillion amazing photos from Mr Lapkin of her on Lake Tahoe. GAAAAAAAAAAAD ZOOKS!  And here is the kicker, you will be able to drool all over her at this years big Woods and Water Celebration along with most of the most amazing boats in our boating history. Between John and Lee, that alone is a jaw dropper. Maybe I should bring up ZIP? Just to mix it up.

1930 and 1939 29’6″ Gar Wood Step-hull Hydroplane. One of ten built by Gar Wood between 1929 and 1934 originally owned by Henry J. Kaiser who, after losing the Lake Championship race to Mercury, in an all aluminum boat, sent “Hornet” to Howard Hughes who removed the wooden top and designed and built a custom aluminum top. “Hornet” never lost another race and when it was retired in 1953 it had won more races than any other boat in such a short time frame.


Steve captured that magic moment when the two came back together on Lake Tahoe


We have all dreamed of this

Pure Heaven.

Her new home at Fort Mahogany

11 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Congratulations John. She is fortunate to have you as her new caretaker. Seeing her run some day has just been added to my bucket list!


    “for every time there is a season”

    …….this is a phrase that comes from the Bible, in the book of Ecclesiastes. It means that there is an appropriate time for everything. The phrase is part of a longer passage that lists different activities and their corresponding times, such as “a time to be born, and a time to die.” A new season and chapter for Hornet II.

  3. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Lives of the well healed. Spectacular. That dashboard is a gear heads dream. I can’t imagine having the pleasure of riding shotgun let alone operating such a beauty. And the being called to document through photos. Lapkin, you lucky son of a bitch. I’m all out of adjectives until my coffee is ready.

  4. Art
    Art says:

    Not to change this wonderful subject, but I have to interject a live boat parade that I just witnessed this morning from my deck.

    It was part of the Algonac show as the flotilla was heading to the Old Club brunch. There were about 15 vessels, including WBer and promoter Greg Lewandowski, and mostly other Michigan Gang Members.

  5. Philip Andrew
    Philip Andrew says:

    The coolest design conceivable. Everything about it makes me go searching for superlatives and failing. Wish I was able to be at the show to see her. Congratulations John. Steve, killer shots. That one of her blasting past the headland. Perfect

  6. Bill & Linda
    Bill & Linda says:

    What racing class could this have possibly been raced in ? Maybe it was just un-official races, back in the day….

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