1940 "Judge" Emil Auerbach Memorial Trophy Race
Tortuga Wins Auerbach Race
Postponed from Memorial Day by a fresh northeaster, and with the course shifted so that it was all over inside waters near Atlantic City, N. J., instead of having eight miles in the open ocean, the "Judge" Emil Auerbach Memorial Trophy Race was won by the "225" Tortuga, owned by F. T. Vintschger, of Morristown, N. J., and driven by Arno Apel, of Ventnor City, N. J. Second by two-fifths of a second was Andy Crawford's "135" Ednandy II, from Washington, D.C. More than two minutes astern came Wild Goose II, another "225," owned and driven by Tom Glennon, of Westchester, Pa.
The course was about 25 miles in length and the race was run in a thick fog, with extremely poor visibility and dangerous driving conditions. This is the second time that Apel has won this contest, his previous victory having been in 1938 when he set a new course record in Lady Gen V.
(Reprinted from ?, July 1940)
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More R. P. M.
The fourth annual Around Absecon Island Race became the Behind Absecon Island Race this year when rough water in the ocean compelled the officials to shift the course into the inland waterway. Even then, the competitors were plagued with a heavy fog which settled over the twenty-odd mile route from the Inlet to Longport and return.
Arno Apel emerged through the murk the winner, driving Francis Vintschger's Tortuga, a 225. One split-pea soup of fog behind came Andy Crawford, chauffeuring his 135 Ednandy. The only other finisher was Wild Goose II, driven by Tom Glennon. Three starters dropped by the wayside.
Among the suggestions being noised around for the improvement of the Absecon affair are some credited to Arno Apel, which sound right helpful. Something certainly should be done to improve the competitor and spectator interest, a thing which a tremendous amount of tub-thumping has failed to do.
The latest ideas are (a) to switch the course permanently back into the canal where the program will not be so thoroughly at the mercy of the elements, (b) to throw the entry list open to all classes, (c) to increase the distance to 100 miles and (d) to limit the fuel consumption.
(Reprinted from The Rudder, July 1940, p.50)
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Auerbach Race Goes To Miami
S. Mortimer Auerbach, donor of the Judge Emil Auerbach Trophy, has decided to transfer the race for this memorial trophy from Atlantic City, N. J., to Miami, Florida.
The race is open to any type of inboard hydroplane—91, 135, 225, Gold Cup and unlimited hydroplanes. Three heats of 15 miles each will he held in conjunction with the annual Biscayne Bay Regatta—one heat on March 3, two heats March 4 .
The winner receives the perpetual trophy and $300 in cash. Second place takes $200 and third place $100. An additional $100 goes to the boat making the fastest lap in any of the three heats.
(Reprinted from Motor Boating, September 1940)
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