1908 Hudson River Carnival

Dixie II and Vim Win
Fast Time by Leaders in Class Motorboat Races on Hudson

Motorboat Vision Lost
Motorboat Dixie II Makes Mile Record

Dixie II Captures More Speed Honors

Motorboat Races End In Protests

Dixie II and Vim Win

Motorboats Show Good Racing Speed

Motor Boat Cups Go To Dixie II

The National Carnival

The National Motor Boat Carnival


Dixie II, the International cup winner, and George F. Baker Jr.'s 31-foot Vim carried off the speed honors yesterday in the motorboat races on the Hudson River. Dixie II, the only one in her event that started in the 12-meter class boats running over a 30-nautical-mile course, covered the distance in 1:17:55, averaging about 26 nautical miles and hour, or 30 statute miles. This is close to her record speed, and indicates the smooth running qualities of her engines. Vim, whose horse power is rated at a trifle over 24, made the second best time of the day over the same course, 1:38:18, very fast going for a boat of her size. Vim won the race for boats of 33 feet and under, her elapsed time being about five minutes better than that of the 33 horse power Elco, while on corrected time Vim beat F. H. Tucker Jr.'s Macon, which got second by 13 minutes and 3 seconds.

Six races were held for various classes, three being for cruisers over a twenty-mile course and three for the racing craft. There were sixteen starters in all, but three boats had no competitors--Alabama in the motor yacht class, Speedway for racing boats over 40 feet, and Dixie II. The events were started in front of the Colonial Yacht Club, near the foot of West 138th Street, and all finished their respective events but three.

In the contest for 33-foot boats there were seven starters, but Joseph H. Hoadley's Den and W. J. Brainard's Mercury were slightly disabled on the first round and withdrew. Next to the time of the Alabama, the 17 horse power Joker made the best time over the 20-mile course and won the event for open launches, her time being 2:34:55. The larger Alabama did the 20 miles in 1:59:48.

(Transcribed from the New York Times, Sep. 25, 1908, p. 8. )

[Thanks to Greg Calkins for help in preparing this page —LF]

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