Experimental Turbine & Boat Engine History
Don Edwards in 2013 with enhanced museum-quality engine display
A little history . . .
In the late 1960's, Don Edwards of Santa Barbara, California dominated hydroplane drag boat racing in the blown gas class. He campaigned a boat named the 'GOLDEN KOMOTION', built by the legendary Rich Hallett and powered by a Dave Zueschel blown Chrysler Hemi. It was dubbed "The World's Winningest Hydro".
The T40 engine project was plagued by problems which inflicted self destruction due to shaft vibration and gearbox/transmission failure. The project was terminated by the Navy in the mid 1950's. Few examples of this engine exist today, as most of the surviving T40s were sold for scrap.
This website was developed in memory of:
Bob Edwards, Rich Hallett and Dave Zeuschel
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