The Team

Cal Phipps, Jr. – Driver
Resides: Sterling Heights, MI


Phipps has driven and won in nearly all classes of inboard hydroplanes since he started racing in 1992. In addition to being the 2008 high points champion for the Grand National class, he has won 7 national championships and set world records in 2 different classes. In his last race he won 1st place at the San Diego Bayfair “Thunderboat” driving the G10 Miss Titeflex-Frazee Paints owned by the Wiggins Hydroplane Racing Team. He took his first laps in a turbine-powered unlimited in the seat of the U13 at Tri-Cities, WA in 2008 and recorded his first timed lap in excess of 150 mph.

David Bartush – Owner
Resides: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


2005 was first year in Unlimited Hydroplane series

Became an instant winner in very first race July 17, 2005 when Terry Troxell drove the U-13 Spirit of Detroit sponsored by Al Deeby Dodge to victory in the APBA Gold Cup on the Detroit River

Raced all remaining circuit events finishing third at Nashville and San Diego

Prior to moving up to the Unlimited’s, raced since 1997 in very competitive 5 liter class

Along with a partner, raced the only 3 boat team on the APBA inboard circuit

As co-owner was 5 liter 1999 APBA National high points champion

Became the first and only team in APBA history to win all 3 top spots in a National event, pulling off this feat at the 1999 North American Championship in front of a hometown crowd on the Detroit River


Former Demolition Contractor

Real Estate Broker with various interests in real estate

Currently involved in East Riverfront development area and other parcels in suburban Detroit

Personal Information

Served 4 years in Air Force

Graduated Loyola University, New Orleans, BA with Major in Accounting

Avid history buff. Appreciates great architecture and classic designs

Long time collector of vintage race cars

Maintains a large collection of unlimited hydroplanes for future Detroit development

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