1938 Presidents Cup
One Man in a Boat
Four were entered in last week's President Cup speedboat race on the Potomac, but at the last moment the three American pilots withdrew. They conceded victory to Count Theo Rossi of Italy after one good look at his $100,000 hydroplane Alagi. The Count might have crawled around the six 2½-mile laps of the 15-mile course at a snail's pace. Instead on his solo dash he averaged 66.98 miles an hour and roared to a record-breaking mark of 13.261/5, which clipped 103/5 seconds off the mark he established a year ago.
(Reprinted from Newsweek, October 3, 1938)
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