Sunday, February 20, 2011

Stan Sayres Hunts Point – Former Home

This (LW 130 Homes page 147 and see map on previous post below) is the site of the former home of Stan Sayres (1897-1956).  He was known as “The Legend of Lake Washington” and “The Fastest Man Afloat.”  The 2 acre vacant lot with 750 feet of waterfront is for sale for $19.7 million. Stan designed, developed and built new and faster boats named Slo-Moshuns.  He set his first boat-on-water speed record of 160+ mph in 1950 on LW and continued to set new records, all on LW.  He took Slo-Mo IV to Detroit and won the 1950 Gold Cup, boat racing’s biggest prize. Stan brought hydroplane racing to LW in 1951 as part of the Seafair celebration.  The 1951 race was the first U.S. hydroplane race west of Detroit and was a huge success.  Stan became a local hero.  South of the I-90 floating bridges is the Stan S. Sayres Memorial Park, known as the “Sayres Pits.” This is the site of Seafair’s hydroplane races and the Blue Angels air show.

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