Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: The Return Of Miss Rock
For myself and my fellow Seattleites and Washingtonians, it wouldn’t be summertime in Seattle without Seafair. Being born and raised here, Seafair has been a part of my world since I was in diapers. This long-standing PNW tradition brings us all back to fond memories, and the anticipation of making new ones.
If you’re a seasoned Rockaholic, you’d remember the incredible days of Seafair legend Miss Rock, KISW’s lovable hydroplane. She was the biggest, baddest, blackest, and above all else – the slowest! That made her all the more endearing. She often times died mid-race and had to be towed back to the pits, where fans would swim out to hand beers to Miss Rock’s drivers. Her lack of victories didn’t keep Miss Rock from quickly becoming a fan-favorite from the time she launched in 1979 to the time she burst into flames and every hydroplane race in between. Miss Rock contestants rode atop this legendary machine. KISW listeners were invited to sign her, right next to autographs from the likes of Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot. She’s been featured in books, newspapers, and blogs. And every single summer, she is remembered by thousands.
Over the years, we have scoured the earth to collect photos and memorabilia from Miss Rock’s heyday, and the nostalgia caused quite a stir among our dear Rockaholics recently. So much so, that it seemed appropriate, nay – critical, to bring back Miss Rock in 2016. YES, she is making her valiant, highly anticipated return to Seafair this year, thanks to the passions and efforts of CARSTAR Auto Body.
To check out all of Miss Rock's adventures, from the early days to the most recent ones, here's a full gallery of all her glory!
We would love to see Rockaholics decked out in KISW gear at the hydroplane races at Seafair 2016, just like the good ol’ days. We’re ready to make new memories and celebrate the rebirth of Miss Rock!
For a look back at the history of Miss Rock:
08-05-1979 - Squire Seafair Trophy - U-29 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished F
08-10-1980 - UIM World’s Championship - U-29 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished F
08-09-1981 - Sea Galley A.P.B.A. Gold Cup - U-29 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished F
08-08-1982 - Emerald Cup - U-29 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished F
08-07-1983 - Sea Galley Emerald Cup - U-100 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 7th
08-05-1984 - 7-Eleven Freedom Cup - U-77 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished Q
08-04-1985 - Budweiser A.P.B.A. - U-100 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 9th
08-03-1986 - Budweiser Emerald Cup - U-100 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 7th
08-02-1987 - Seafair Budweiser Cup - U-100 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 4th
08-07-1988 - Seafair Budweiser Cup - U-100 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished F
08-06-1989 - Seafair Rainer Cup - U-99.9 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 9th
08-05-1990 - Rainer Cup - U-99.9 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished Q
08-04-1991 - Rainer Cup - U-99.9 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished F
08-02-1992 - Seafair Rainer Cup - U-99.9 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 3rd
08-02-1993 - Texaco Cup - U-99.9 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished W
08-07-1994 - Texaco Cup - U-99.9 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 10th
08-06-1995 - Texaco Cup - U-99.9 KISW?MISS ROCK - Finished 3rd
08-04-2003 - General Motors Cup - U-25 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 9th
08-08-2004 - General Motors Cup - U-25 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 7th
08-07-2005 - Chevrolet Cup - U-25 KISW/MISS ROCK - Finished 6th
Q = Did Not Qualify
During Friday and Saturday practicing, hydros must meet a minimum "Qualifying" speed.
F = Did Not Finish
Boat was racing in competition, but was unable to complete all of the laps, and did not cross the Finish line.
W = Withdrew
Boat was pulled from competition , usually because of mechanical problems or hull damage.
Thanks to Bob Senior of the Seafair Boat Club for all the stats.