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, an all aluminum boat, sent "Hornet" to Howard Hughes
who removed the wood deck and then designed and built a custom
Hornet II 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. It is powered by a Packard V-12
model 1A-1237 aircraft engine, one of the oldest Packard
V-12's in existence. The engine restoration and installation
was done by Sierra Boats, of Lake Tahoe and the aluminum top
was restored by the Air Pirates.
Hornet II - Video !!!
for the restoration project