Dave Villwock made a big splash 20 years ago winning at first asking in San Diego – And so did Chip Hanauer

14 Sep

“Super Dave” chalks up win #1 on Sept. 20, 1992

Rookie driver Dave Villwock scored his first-ever victory as an Unlimited driver at San Diego behind the wheel of U-102.5 COORS DRY, owned by Ron Jones, Jr. This was also the first Unlimited race that Villwock ever drove.

Villwock is now the winningest driver in Unlimited history with 67 victories entering this weekend’s race. This compares to the late Bill Muncey (who has 62 wins) and the retired Chip Hanauer (who has 61).

Villwock participated in one previous San Diego victory in 1990 as crew chief of Chip Hanauer’s MISS CIRCUS CIRCUS.

In the final, Villwock finished far ahead of second-place place Steve David in U-2 MISS T-PLUS and third-place Nate Brown in U-99.9 MISS HANALEI HOTEL.

PREVIOUS DRIVERS TO WIN THEIR VERY FIRST UNLIMITED RACE

1974 – Howie Benns, Miami, Miss Budweiser.

1973 – Gene Whipp, Washington D.C., Lincoln Thrift’s 7-1/4% Special.

1954 –  Jack Regas, Tahoe City, Calif., Scooter.

Boat line-up for the 1992 race

Qualifying speeds

Miss Budweiser, U-1, Chip Hanauer, 168.016 mph.
The Tide, U-8, George Woods, Jr., 160.917.
Winston Eagle, U-10, Mark Tate, 155.052.
Coors Dry , U-102.5, Dave Villwock, 152.632.
Miss Hanalie Hotel, U-99.9, Nate Brown, 152.524.
Miss T-Plus, U-2, Steve David, 148.345.

Spirit of San Diego, U-50, Mark Evans, 142.225.
Miss POG, U-19, Ken Muscatel, 142.225.
Thor Racing, U-7, Jerry Hopp, 105.763.

So now in 2012, we’ll likely see another Villwock (Spirit of Qatar)-David (Oh Boy! Oberto) showdown on Mission Bay.

The other splash that day happened to Hanauer.

Hanauer suffered nine broken ribs in his second blowover of the season, during Heat 1A.

Hanauer was also involved in a flip in the Miss Budweiser during qualifying for the Rainier Cup in Seattle’s Seafair regatta. Hanauer suffered three broken ribs and a concussion in that accident.

Hanauer did return to pilot the Miss Budweiser to a victory three weeks later in Kansas City.

The accident occurred during the first lap of the first heat of the Mission Bay Cup.

Hanauer did return to the Bud cockpit three week later to win the Outrigger Hotels Hydrofest in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Hanauer won seven of nine races that year for owner Bernie Little. The only two defeats came when he crashed the boat.

The Miss Budweiser return in 1993 winning seven of the first eight races.

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