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How Dixie II got its name…
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This is a story of the greatest motorboat race the world has ever known, of a contest that was won by sheer pluck of brave me..
Riva Aquarama Special - A beauty of ocean
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The Riva boat company celebrates its 170th anniversary in 2012. Pietro Riva started repairing and then building boats on Lago..
Timossi Ferrari 'Arno XI' Racing Hydroplane
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The ‘three-point’ hydroplane, devised in America during the late 1930s by Adolph and Arno Apel of New Jersey’s Ventnor B..
Water Racing Ferrari Hydroplane Boat
Anh Tuan Bui 2013/12/07 0 comments 7893 viewed
Are you looking for a new hobby? Or maybe a new activity you can do with your young child? If so, the Ferrari Hydroplane radi..
Prototype rc boat Typhoon "flying' like a bullet
Anh Tuan Bui 2014/04/15 1 comments 9327 viewed
Prototype rc boat Typhoon rolling, rotating, flying like a bullet because of tremendous torque. You can see the clip from 0:2..
RTR Riva Aquarama 87 cm surf smoothly
Anh Tuan Bui 2014/05/06 0 comments 13100 viewed
Riva aquarama scale 1/10, 87 cm It's a model boat but motorized with twin 1800kv motors. Engine: Dual brushless motor..
Riva aquarama special built log
Anh Tuan Bui 2014/05/13 0 comments 11757 viewed
Riva aquarama special, plank on frame, scale 1/10,  87 cm (long),  Step 1: cut frame ..
Video clips of RC Rivarama
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Here is our youtube channel , Please subscribe 1. RIVARAMA RC METALIC BLUE- RTR   2. RC ..
RC Rivarama hauled by RC Hummer
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Here are the photos from our norwegian customer Thank you very much Mr. Stig for sharing the photos   ..
Newly released Rivarama 120 cm, solid maple timber
Anh Tuan Bui 2014/09/29 4 comments 9973 viewed
Here are some photos of our newly released Rivarama. The hull was redesigned for better hydrodynamic, especially for RC. Size..
Successfully motorized Rivarama from a customer
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Here are some photos of rivarama 90cm from our customer. He successfully motorized the boat which was purchase..
Riviera 80cm from Mr. Wayne, Australia
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Here are photos share by our customer, Mr. Wayne from Australia. He creatively applied the fittings for riva aquarama to his ..
New hull design ver. 3.0 of Riva Aquarama Special 125cm
Anh Tuan Bui 2014/10/24 0 comments 10013 viewed
New hull design (version 3.0) of Riva Aquarama Special scale 1:7 (125cm). More hydrodynamic, more stable, more emotional ..
Photos of Riva Aquarama 125 cm from our customer
Anh Tuan Bui 2014/11/23 1 comments 9976 viewed
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photos of first run Riva Aquariva 90 cm
Anh Tuan Bui 2014/12/19 1 comments 9645 viewed
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Few boats take on a persona that is bigger than life. This may be just such a boat. In the 1920’s Edsel Ford commissioned designer George Crouch and Henry B. Nevins of City Island New York, to build the 40 foot speedboat TYPHOON at a cost of $39,900, a staggering price, when a Model A Ford roadster cost $475, a 4 bedroom brick home cost $2,500 and America’s most expensive automobile, a Duesenberg Double Cowl phaeton cost $15,000. TYPHOON’s power was a 2000 cubic inch V12 aircraft engine. Edsel Ford died in May of 1943. At that time, a Mr. Howard Hughes owned the Hughes Tool & Die machine shop in Detroit which was doing contact work for the war effort. Hughes knew of TYPHOON sitting on her cradle in the Ford Boathouse on the Rouge River and arranged to see her. The Ford Estate sold her to Hughes who ran her on the Detroit River during WWII. At a time when Gasoline was rationed, clandestine barrels of aviation gasoline made their way into TYPHOON’s tanks. Somehow she survived the war, several subsequent owners, several repowerings and several restoration attempts, but ultimately TYPHOON secumed to a devastating fire at Bryant’s boat yard in Seattle in the 1960’s.

Mark Mason acquired George Crouch’s original India ink drawings for TYPHOON in the 1970’s and held onto them for years in the hopes that one day he might build a very special boat. In 1989 Mason met the perfect enthusiast who commissioned NEB&M to build a 34 foot TYPHOON, inspired by Edsel Ford’s boat. Luminary automobile designer, Strother MacMinn, came East from his 45 year teaching position at Art Center College of Design to help loft TYPHOON full size at Mason’s shop in Laconia, New Hampshire. TYPHOON was an immediate sensation at shows and exhibitions across the boating world. She was shown in the entrance Lobby of the New York Boat Show and from Muskoka Lakes, Ontario to the Paris International Boat Show, where she was a show stopper, stunning crowds everywhere. Thousands of scale models have been built of TYPHOON and have been seen in Museums and collections in the far corners of the earth.

Twenty something years later, TYPHOON’s owner has asked Mark to begin looking for a new enthusiast to take the wheel of TYPHOON and begin a new chapter in her history.

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