The outboard motor as we know it today, was developed in 1906. In 1908, Ole Evinrude began his improvements and version of the outboard motor. During the 1920's, other companies became involved including the Johnson Brothers. With development, came more and more horsepower and an increased interest in racing competition.
Racing and setting speed records became a very important part of marketing. New, fast, single-step hydroplanes were built. With this innovation, speeds increased dramatically. (The bottom of this type of craft employs a transverse step, which lifts the boat up and out of the water which increases speed as there is significantly less water resistance or drag.)
The American Power Boat Association sanctioned all classes of racing and in 1934 created a small class of racers which were designated "Midget" or "M" class. The intent was to create an affordable class that anyone, novices, wives, etc., could compete in. The class called for an 8 foot by 4 foot lightweight hull with a 7 horsepower engine produced by Evinrude Company.
This display hull and motor was raced extensively in the Pacific Northwest and in Southern California in 1946 by Richard Humble.
Special thanks go to Richard Humble of the Estrella Warbird Museum.
1939 Midget Outboard Racer
- Year Built: 1939
- Vehicle Type: Outboard Racer M Class
- Built By: Fred Jacoby of North Bergen, New Jersey
- Engine: 7 horsepower Evinrude (On display is serial number 001, built in 1936)
- Owner: Suzy and Kelsea Humble Limbers