Racing the Twentieth Century Limited [1925]


Broken Spring Disables Baby Gar V, Leading

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Teaser Beats Train

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Three Speed Boats to Race Crack Train

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Wood Out For Two Records

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Broken Spring Disables Baby Gar V, Leading

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Challenge To Hoyt By Wood

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Thousands Along River Eagerly Watched Race

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Gar Wood Beats Time Of 20th Century Train

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Power Boats Beat Time of the Twentieth Century

Poughkeepsie, NY, May 26 [1925] (A. P.) The breaking of a valve tappet spring put Gar Wood's Baby Gar V out of the running at 7:18 this morning, in the race against the Twentieth Century Limited's time from Albany to New York.

The Baby Gar V was tied up at the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club's anchorage, opposite the Columbia University boathouse, two miles above the Poughkeepsie Bridge.

When the accident occurred the Baby Gar V was two miles ahead of the Baby Gar IV. Gar Wood was driving the Baby Gar V and his brother, George Wood, the Baby Gar IV. As the power was shut off the Baby Gar V. the Baby Gar IV drew alongside rapidly, and in an instant, by a flying leap, Gar Wood boarded her.

Gar Wood turned on the power again in the Baby Gar IV and took up the dash to New York, about a minute ahead of the Limited, while, in response to a signal for help, the Baby Gar V was towed to the yacht club here. Repairs will be made this morning and the crippled speedboat will continue to New York.

(Reprinted from P.M., May 25, 1925)


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