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Madison Regatta
Indiana Governor's Cup
Sport H1 Unlimited
Founded 1950
Country USA, Madison, Indiana
Most recent champion(s) 2014: Graham Trucking - J. Michael Kelly
Official website MadisonRegatta.com

The Lucas Oil Indiana Governor's Cup or Madison Regatta, is a hydroplane boat race and is the first official race of the Air National Guard H1 Unlimited Series season. Its title sponsor for 2010 is Lucas Oil. The race is typically held around Fourth of July weekend on the Ohio River in Madison, Indiana, USA. Madison has hosted the Madison Regatta annually since 1951, although the race was also contested in the 1930s. The race inspired a Hollywood motion picture in 1999 titled Madison which starred actor Jim Caviezel.


Informal racing took place in Madison, Indiana as early as 1911. But the first major race didn't occur until 1929. That was when the now-defunct Mississippi Valley Power Boat Association conducted a race for the 725 Cubic Inch Class, which evolved into the Unlimited Class after World War II. The MVPBA conducted the Webb Trophy at Madison in 1930. The Webb Trophy was the MVPBA equivalent of the APBA Gold Cup--their top award.

The 725s raced at Madison throughout the 1930s until the disastrous Ohio River flood of 1937 and World War II brought down the curtain for a while.

The current series of regattas in Madison began in 1949. This was a "wildcat" race, administered by the Ohio Valley Motor Boat Racing Association of Cincinnati. The largest class present was the 225 Cubic Inch Class.

The first Unlimited race took place in 1950. The Unlimited races at Madison in 1950-51-52-53 were one-heat multi-class free-for-all affairs. They didn't count for National High Points.

The first High Points Unlimited race at Madison occurred in 1954. This came about largely through the efforts of Madison Courier columnist Phil Cole. (A High Points Unlimited race must be scheduled for a minimum of two heats with at least four boats making a legal start.)

Madison had an uninterrupted string of High Points Unlimited races every year from 1954 through 2012. The 2013 races were canceled because of flooding on the Ohio that covered the pit area, although the land-based events associated with the regatta went on as scheduled.[1]

The Madison committee is the longest continuously active Unlimited committee in the country. Madison Regatta, Inc. (formerly the Madison Boat Club) has hosted the Unlimiteds every year since 1950 (except in 2013, when the boats made it to Madison but the river didn't allow racing). Seattle didn't start until 1951. Detroit has been on the circuit since 1946, but with four different committees.

A total of 54 major Unlimited races (excluding the free-for-all races) have been run at Madison since 1954.

List of Madison Regatta winners[edit]

2008 winner FormulaBoats.com
Year Driver Boat
1951 Marion Cooper Hornet
1952 Burnett Bartley Wildcatter
1953 Burnett Bartley Wildcatter
1954 Bill Cantrell Gale IV
1955 Danny Foster Tempo VII
1956 Fred Alter Miss US I
1957 Jack Regas Hawaii Kai III
1958 Don Wilson Miss US I
1959 Ron Musson Hawaii Kai III
1960 Bill Muncey Miss Thriftway
1961 Bill Muncey Miss Century 21
1962 Bill Muncey Miss Century 21
1963 Bill Brow Miss Exide
1964 Chuck Thompson Tahoe Miss
1965 Chuck Thompson Tahoe Miss
1966 Mira Slovak Tahoe Miss
1967 Billy Schumacher Miss Bardahl
1968 Billy Schumacher Miss Bardahl
1969 Dean Chenoweth Myr's Special
1970 Dean Chenoweth Miss Budweiser
1971 Jim McCormick Miss Madison
1972 Bill Muncey Atlas Van Lines
1973 Mickey Remund Pay 'n Pak
1974 George Henley Pay 'n Pak
1975 George Henley Pay n'Pak
1976 Bill Muncey Atlas Van Lines
1977 Eric Godfrey Miss Budweiser
1978 Bill Muncey Atlas Van Lines
1979 Bill Muncey Atlas Van Lines
1980 Dean Chenoweth Miss Budweiser
1981 Dean Chenoweth Miss Budweiser
1982 Tom D'Eath The Squire Shop
1983 Jim Kropfeld Miss Budweiser
1984 Chip Hanauer Atlas Van Lines
1985 Steve Reynolds Miss 7-Eleven
1986 Chip Hanauer Miller American
1987 Jim Kropfield Miss Budweiser
1988 Scott Pierce Mr. Pringle's
1989 Jim Kropfield Miss Budweiser
1990 Chip Hanauer Miss Circus Circus
1991 Mark Evans American Spirit
1992 Chip Hanauer Miss Budweiser
1993 Chip Hanauer Miss Budweiser
1994 Chip Hanauer Miss Budweiser
1995 Mark Tate Smokin' Joe's
1996 Mark Tate Smokin' Joe's
1997 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
1998 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
1999 Chip Hanauer Miss Pico
2000 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
2001 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto
2002 Nate Brown Miss Elam Plus
2003 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
2004 Dave Villwock Miss Budweiser
2005 J.W. Myers Miss Elam Plus
2006 Dave Villwock Miss Elam Plus
2007 Dave Villwock Miss Elam Plus
2008 Jeff Bernard Formulaboats.com
2009 Dave Villwock Miss Elam Plus
2010 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison
2011 Steve David Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison
2012 Dave Villwock Spirit of Qatar
2013 No race; canceled due to high water
2014 J. Michael Kelly Graham Trucking


  1. ^ "Madison Regatta will not be rescheduled in 2013". Louisville, KY: WHAS-TV. July 7, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 

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Madison Courier

The Courier-Journal
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:03:45 -0700

MADISON, Ind. – Even in hydroplane racing, it's a game of inches. Jimmy Shane cruised all weekend long in the Oh Boy! Oberto Miss Madison on the Ohio River in the 64th annual Madison Regatta, including in Sunday's final for the Governor's Cup. Then the ...

WLKY Louisville

The Courier-Journal
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:18:45 -0700

As most people in Madison, Ind., would see it, Mother Nature owes them a thing or two, specifically picture-perfect weather for this weekend's 64th Madison Regatta. By all indications, it looks like she will deliver. Because of high water a year ago ...
Indianapolis Star
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:05:56 -0700

The odds are so stacked against the Madison Regatta — high water, low water, extreme heat, diminished crowds — yet somehow Indiana's most extreme sporting event carries on. Its troubles are numerous. In 1991, a spectator dove into the race course, ...
Madison Courier
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:03:34 -0700

Owner Ted Porter of Decatur, Ind. won his second National High Points championship, joining the title he won in his rookie season of 2006. Driver Jimmy Shane won four races a year ago - a full quarter of Porter's career total - and edged the Oh Boy!

Madison Courier

Madison Courier
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:03:34 -0700

With hopes of including something for festival goers of all ages this year, Madison Regatta festival chairwoman Kim Washer hopes that the changes made will breath fresh air into an event that has stuck with mostly traditional events in downtown Madison.

Madison Courier

Madison Courier
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:06:24 -0700

Madison Regatta President Tim Torrance said that his committee walked a fine line between compressing the schedule enough to please fans but also allow for enough time to make the event profitable for vendors. Overall, he was very pleased with the ...
Sun, 07 Jul 2013 12:11:23 -0700

MADISON, Ind. (WDRB) -- For the first time in the event's 63-year history, officials have canceled the Madison Regatta. They say high water on the Ohio River is to blame. Since the races were canceled, most teams and fans packed up and went home early ...
Inside INdiana Business (press release)
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:22:30 -0700

Around 50,000 visitors are expected to attend this week's Madison Regatta on the Ohio River. In addition to the boat race, the event includes concerts, a fireworks show and a parade with former Cincinnati Bengals running back Elbert "Ickey" Woods ...

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