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Ronald J. "Ron" Musson[1] (died June 19, 1966) was a hydroplane driver from Akron, Ohio.[1] He is best known for driving the Unlimited Hydroplane Miss Bardahl to three American Power Boat Association Gold Cup championships in 1963, 1964 and 1965.[2] Musson died on Sunday, June 19, 1966 on what became known as "Black Sunday", when, in Washington, DC, three unlimited drivers were killed during the President's Cup race on the Potomac River. Musson was driving Miss Bardahl. Also killed were Rex Manchester, driving the Notre Dame hydroplane, and Don Wilson, driving the Miss Budweiser.[3]

He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993.[4]


  1. ^ a b "musson.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "1962-65 Miss Bardahl". Ryan Smith. October 7, 2016. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "1966 President's Cup - Black Sunday". Leslie Field. April 1, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  4. ^ Ron Mussom at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America