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Ronald Musson

This Kent State graduate started out to be a successful businessman but his destiny led him to speedboat racing. From 1953 through 1958 Musson held seven different championship ratings and was named the world's best speedboat driver in 1955. He set the national record of 124 miles per hour with his boat "Nitro II" in 1960 to win the Harnsworth Trophy. That same year he also added the Detroit Silver Cup and the Reno Regatta Trophy to his collection. Ron went on to capture the "Gold Cup" - speedboat racing's highest honor in 1963, '64 and '65. However, at the age of 37, Musson was killed when his boat, "Miss Bardahl," exploded during the President's Cup Regatta on the Potomac River in 1966.

Inducted 1976 | Speedboat Racing