Mr. Pringles (Turbine) 1988-1990
The Miss Madison team ran as Tony the Tiger in 1992 and raced with a rather conventional blue and white paint schme (although it did have tiger striped trim). Then in 1993 the team, now running as Frosted Flakes, unveiled this outrageous dark blue and tigerstriped paint job. The paint scheme was immediately a huge hit and brought the Miss Madison team a lot of attention, especially after winning in San Diego.
Miss Exide, 1993-1997
A perfect example of a "simple but elegant" paint scheme, The Miss Exide's largely white with blue and yellow trim hydroplane showed that a boat didn't need outrageous colors to be an eyecatcher. The checkerd flag look on the vertical stabilizers was also a nice nod to the Miss Exide hydros that raced in the 1960's. Although the boat never won a race while racing as Miss Exide in the 1990's, this was nonetheless a memorable paint scheme.
Smokin' Joe's, 1994-1996
Camel Powered Smokin' Joe's, another entry from Steve Woomer's U-10 team, was another eyecatcher with its purple and gold colors. Much like its time as the Winston Eagle, the partnership of the U-10 and RJ Reynolds brought a huge involvement at every race site with merchandise trucks full of hydro gear and Joe Camel (I have never seen, however, the inevitible image of Joe Camel driving a hydroplane on any piece of merchandise. If you have such a piece of merchandise please scan an image of it and send the image to me.). This paint scheme also marked the end of an era in hydroplane racing, as congressional pressure of tobacco industry marketing led to a large scaling back of such sponsorships. 1996 was the last year of RJ Reynolds' sponsorship of the U-10 and a few years later the Joe Camel character was discontinued.
Miss Madison, 1999 and early 2000
This blue and gold boat owned by Ken Muskatel was a striking hull at a time when seemingly everything in sports from Unlimited Hydroplanes to College Football Bowl Games were being sponsored by a website. The hull made headlines in early 2000 when it broke the longstanding mile straightaway record, but failed as a competitor and the hull was abandonned after the 2000 season.