Madison: Students get a look under the hood
Oberto/Miss Madison was quietly undergoing a springtime facelift
Thursday when high school students from Lexington, Ky., visited
the hydroplane at its Michigan Road workshop.
The boat was stripped down, with engine parts spread through the
workshop. Before the class visit, workers primed the carbon-fiber
With new driver Jimmy Shane and a changed sponsor name, the boat
will receive a redesign, while maintaining the core Oberto red,
green, silver and white colors.
Jimmy Gilbert, left, team Miss Madison's electric and computer
guru, led the tour of about 20 students from Dunbar High School.
Gilbert reviewed some of the boat's mechanics that allow it to
propel to more than 200 mph. He showed a propeller, an $8,000
piece, to demonstate the cost that goes into the machine.
"This boat, when it's ready to race, is $1 million," he
Ohio Valley Vintage Hydroplane Association works with Dr. H.A.
Hasan, associate professor in education at Spalding University, to
teach students involved with science, technology, engineering and
Hasan, who was on the tour, teaches students in elementary and
high school through project-based learning and founded the Project
Hydroplane Racing Program. He uses hydroplane kits to teach the
students through hands-on techniques and holds competitions once
the projects are completed.