Flashback Product of the Week: 1991-1997 Thunder On The Water

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They’re loud.  They’re fast.  And for seven consecutive years the sport of hydroplane racing had its very own set thanks to J&W Productions & Promotions.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with what a hydroplane is, its basically a very fast speedboat.  Most of the engines come from the aviation industry, and these boats use the water mainly for lift rather than to stay afloat.  They also use the water for propulsion and steering too.  The best way to describe these beasts is to think of them as jet airplanes on water.  Ken Warby currently holds the record for going the fastest in his hydroplane, Spirit of Australia.  On October 8, 1978, Warby set the speed record at Blowering Dam, Australia clocking in at 318.75 mph.  Its a record that continues to hold today.  Hydroplane racing has many different circuits to follow.  The real badass drivers can be found in the H1 Unlimited league, due to its fewer restrictions.

From 1991 to 1997, J&W Productions & Promotions issued an annual 25-card set.  Series 1 started in ’91, Series 2 in ’92, and so on.  In all there are 175 cards to the complete series, plus 16 Hall of Fame drivers, and 8 promotional cards.  These were only available in set form, no packs or boxes.