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The Pride of Pay ‘n Pak was a line of hydroplanes that competed in unlimited hydroplane racing. The Pride of Pay ‘n Pak would emerge from the efforts of David Heerensperger. After Heerensperger started a new electrical and plumbing company in 1959, with backing from Stan Thurman, owner of the Pay ‘N Pak home improvement chain, he would become sponsor of the Miss Spokane Hydroplane Racing Team in 1963 after responding to ad. The boat’s name would be changed to the Miss Eagle Electric and would go on to finish third in 1963 Harrah’s Tahoe Regatta and fourth in 1964 Seattle Seafair Regatta.
In 1969, the Pay ‘N Pak Stores, along with T & T Electric, and Heerensperger’s companies Eagle Electric and Buzzard Electric all merged into a new Pay N Pak Corporation. After the merger, Heerensperger would manage the Pay ‘n Pak operations in Spokane, WA and the sponsorship of the hydroplane racing team. The Pride of Pay ‘n Pak would be the first boat from the racing the team that would feature an outrigger design. The Pride of Pay ‘n Pak would be redesigned in the 1970s with dual Hemi automobile engines instead of conventional piston aircraft engines. The team would win the points championship from 1973-1975 and would sponsor the first winning turbine powered hydroplane from 1980 to 1983. The 1980 design of the U-25 Pay ‘N Pak would crash during the 3rd race of the season and would be the last boat to carry the name Pride of Pay ‘n Pak.
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