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 Dean Alan Chenoweth

Dean Alan Chenoweth

Birth
Xenia, Greene County, Ohio, USA
Death 31 Jul 1982 (aged 44)
Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, USA
Burial Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 6457 · View Source
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Hydroplane Boat Racer. Born in Xenia, Ohio. The son of Albert and Rita Ary Chenoweth. Dean began his career in motorboat racing at the early age of 12. At 15, he won three national championships, in Class A and Class B hydroplanes and Class A stock boats. He drove Unlimited hydroplanes from 1968 until his death in 1982. Known primarily for his championship exploits with Bernie Little's Miss Budweiser team, Dean won 25 Unlimited races. He captured the Crown Jewel of APBA competition, the Gold Cup, four times in 1970, 1973, 1980, and 1981. He also won four National High Point Championships and, in 1980, set a world lap speed record of 138.249 MPH on the Columbia River at Tri-Cities, Washington. Dean established a never-to-be equaled record of 20 consecutive heat victories at the first 5 races of 1980, driving the famed Rolls Royce Griffon-powered Miss Budweiser. From 1974 to 1979, Dean retired from racing. Only to return again in 1980. At season's end in 1981, he had won six of eight races, including the Gold Cup in Seattle and the World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico. Dean is memorialised by a fountain in Lake Leon in Tallahassee's Tom Brown Park; he had been named the city's Man of the Year for 1981. In 1982, Dean was killed when the boat blew over during qualifying for the Columbia Cup on the Columbia River. Dean was crushed when the boat landed inverted; his death led to Little developing a closed cockpit for the next Miss Budweiser boat, and the enclosure became standard for Unlimited hydroplane racers. He was 44 years old.

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  • Added: 23 Sep 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6457
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dean Alan Chenoweth (27 Aug 1937–31 Jul 1982), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6457, citing Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park, Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .