While MCR builds Dave's Vintage Restoration Page, let's check him out in the driver's seat of Miss Close Shave II, one of his first projects.
Dave Johnson In The Driver's Seat On The Ohio River
Miss Close Shave II - Famous 225cc Vintage Limited Hydroplane.
Brother Joe & Dave in his shop on West 1st Street in Madison.
Joe & Dave Johnson
Nest Stop - The City Boat Ramp Along The Ohio.
Dave & Joe Prepare For Testing
Miss CS II passes from Dave's ownership back to the original builder and owner, Loren Charley of New Albany, Indiana. Joe is takes her out on the Ohio River, at Louisville, for a last Johnson-Ride.
MCR visited the Boat Shop of Dave Johnson, on West 1st Street to see, first hand, the progress of restoring a Vingtage Hydroplane soon to become the Miss Jean.
The future "Miss Jean" was built in NY State in 1971 and has been the property of Dave since 2003. It will carry a Modified Small Block 360cc Chevy Engine, and it will carry the designation F-128 in honor of the real Miss Jean's Birthday.
Dave is assisted by Jim Kelley of Erlanger, Kentucky, who is an engine specialist and by Mike Hanson (in his off-duty time from the U6) who is a master at building Hydroplanes - all classes.
Getting Ready For Jon Peddie's Paint Job:
Right Rear To Front
The "Miss Jean" Ready For Additional Painting & Decals.
In Dave's Shop
Brother Joe Looks Over The "Miss Jean" Engine.
About Ready To Install
In Shop - Checking Rear
On Trailer Outside The Boat Shop
"MJ" Tool Box Lettering Recognizes Two Madison Operations!
MCR presents photographs from Dave's facility that every high school student in Madison should visit to get the "feel" of a unique historic collection plus see priceless (past) boat racing items.
Joe Johnson, Dave Johnson, Billy Cousins
Miss Madison Item Featured
Vicki Fewell Visits Dave's Museum:
Dave Johnson - Vicki Fewell - Joe Johnson
Vicki Listens To Joe's Hydroplane Story
Joe Johnson - Dave Johnson - Bob Cline
Special Miss Madison Trophy Added At Dave's Museum:
Engraving: "1964 Lake Tahoe 4th Place, Miss Madison, Buddy Byers Driver"
Sent to Dave Johnson by Johnny Sweet - Past Owner/Driver and credit to the sport of boat Racing.
"Miss Jean" Takes Her Initial Run On The Detroit River - July 08:
Owner Dave Johnson At The Controls
Miss Jean Test Run
To Be Continued -
Page Under Construction/Retsoration.
New Project For Dave's Page - The Olympia Restoration:
Process Begins In Dave's Boat Shop
Dave Ready-To-Race "The Miss Jean" Wheeling, West Va: