Powerboat driver, builder
Henry began designing and driving limited inboard hydroplanes in 1947. In the ensuing years, Lauterbach hulls won more National Championships and National High Point Championships than those of any other limited inboard hydroplane builder of the post-World War II era. APBA Hall of Champions member Steve David once described them as “the Rolls-Royce of hydros.” In 1967, the Lauterbach-designed MISS CHRYSLER crew won the UIM World Championship Race for unlimited hydroplanes in Detroit with Bill Sterett driving, thus becoming the only Unlimited hydroplane in modern times to win an Unlimited race with automotive power. Lauterbach production exceeded 200 boats. A member of the Gulf Marine Hall of Fame and early member of the Gulf 100 Mile Per Hour Club, Lauterbach proved his designs as a designer/builder and a driver. As a driver, Lauterbach won five national titles in three years. Lauterbach was inducted into the APBA Honor Squadron in 1973.