Miss U.S. I (2), 1957

1957

U-2 Miss U. S. 1 (2) ( USA )

Owner - George Simon (Detroit)
Designer - Dan Arena
Builder - Les Staudacher
Length - 30ft
Beam - 11ft 6in
Hull - 3 point
Detail - chevrons on plastic tail, later no chevrons on tail, white sides
Colours - mahogany & white with aluminum sides
Power - V12 Allison
Weight - 5,300
Drivers - Fred Alter & Dan Foster

Best finish - 3rd

Miss U.S. I (2), 1958 Detroit Memorial

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Detail - Mobil horse high on tail
Colour - white sides, white on sponsons fillets
Drivers - Fred Alter & Don Wilson
Winner of International Cup N.C.

Miss U.S. I (2)
Miss U.S. I (2)
Miss U.S. I (2) [Kirk Pagel photo]

later in season:

Colours - tail,  white, red & aqua
Power - V12 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Driver - Don Wilson

Winner of President's Cup, Sahara Cup, & Madison Cup

 

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Detail - flash added at Gold Cup in Seattle
Colours - mahogany deck with white tail [??]
Driver - Don Wilson

Best finish - 2nd

 1960 Silver Cup, Miss US I (2)

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Drivers - Don Wilson & Roy Duby

Best finish - 3rd

 U-2 Miss U.S. I

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Driver - Don Wilson

Best finish - 2 2nds

U-2 Miss U.S. I

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Detail - rounded no's , record on tail
Crew Chief - Rudy Berger
Drivers - Don Wilson & Roy Duby

Best finish - 4th

Set World Record of 200.4 mph.

U-2 Miss U.S. I

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Detail - sponsons fillets cut back, square no's
Drivers - Don Wilson & Roy Duby

Best finish - 2nd

 

1970•s & 80•s

Boat in Simon's warehouse

 

1990's

Boat repaired and painted up for show

Miss U.S. I (2) at the Motorsports Hall of Fame

"This white-and-mahogany craft, owned by George Simon of Detroit, is the second Miss U.S. I. In 1958 she won the International Cup, Elizabeth City, N.C.; the President's Cup; the Governor's Cup; and the Sahara Cup, and placed second in 1958 National High Point Standings. Originally powered by an Allison engine, she switched to a Rolls Merlin after the 1958 Gold Cup Race. Built in 1957, she measures 30 feet, has an 11 foot beam and weighs 5,500 pounds. She races out of the Detroit Yacht Club."

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

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