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1955

U-56 Gale VI (1) (USA )

Owner - Joe Schoenith (Detroit)
Designer - Ted Jones
Builder - Les Staudacher
Length - 36ft
Beam - 13ft 9in
Hull - 3 pointer
Detail - step tail fin at Silver Cup
Colors - mahogany & lime green
Weight - 10,000
Power - two V12 Allisons in line
Driver - Lee Schoenith

DNQ

Gale VI (1), 1958

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Detail - runboards, sponson ports
Drivers - Lee Schoenith & Roy Duby

Winner of the St. Clair race

Gale VI (1), 1957 Mapes Trophy

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Detail - sponson ports closed
Driver - Lee Schoenith

Best finish - 5th

Gale VI (1), 1958

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Detail - 2 runboards, forward air scoops top of hood
Drivers - Lee Schoenith & Roy Duby

Best finish - 2nd

"The largest of the Gale racers, the VI measures 33 feet, has a 13-foot-9-inch beam and weighs 8,500 pounds. Designed by Ted Jones, she was built by Les Staudacher in 1955 and is powered by two Allison engines in tandem. She won the 1956 International Sweepstakes Trophy Race and, after severe mechanical difficulties, was retired at the end of the 1958 season."

(Reprinted from This is Hydroplaning by Paul Lowney [1959])

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