Do you know how it is that Seattle's Seafair celebration started?
Seafair was the brainchild of Greater Seattle Inc., a group of prominent local boosters hoping to use Seattle's 100th anniversary as a springboard to increased civic cooperation and promotion.
IN 1950, Seafair surfaced around a more generic nautical theme. King Neptune -- portrayed by a prominent civic leader -- presided over the event, while local beauties vied for the title of Queen of the Seas.
Above: Slo-mo-shun IV launched Seattle and Seafair into the world of unlimited hydroplane racing. Stan Sayres and his team developed and built the 1,800-horsepower thunderboat locally, testing it on Lake Washington. Between 1950 and 1954, Slo-mo IV and its sister boat, Slo-mo V, captured an unprecedented five consecutive Gold Cup trophies.