Gold Cup Classic Is Set At Detroit
Detroit will get the Gold Cup race for motorboats, with its rules opened up for the first time. A record fleet of high-powered speed craft is expected.
The council of the American Power Boat Association, meeting last night at the Hotel Lexington, awarded the contest to the Detroit Yacht Club, and it will be held over the regular racing course on the Detroit River with a lap of no more than three miles.
Set as the date is Labor Day, when the Detroit Club already had planned a three-day event, hoping to get the Gold cup for its big feature. Red Bank, N. J., was a bidder for the race. The majority of drivers had expressed themselves in favor of Detroit.
Another decision was to hold the next annual meeting of the A. P. B. A., that in 1947, in this city in January during the revival of the motorboat show here. Miami extended an invitation to hold it there.
Much of the long council meeting, which was presided over by Bill Horn, president of the association, was devoted to the problem of outboard racing, formerly handled by the National Outboard Association in cooperation with the A. P. B. A. Since that organization was given up, the National Outboard Drivers Association, with headquarters in Cleveland, has taken in most of the outboard drivers in the Midwest.
That organization of drivers has its own set of racing rules and has refused to accept those of the A. P. B. A. as the official code. The council of the latter voted approval of one governing body for racing, but proposed to set up a separate racing commission for the outboards, with deputy commissioners in various sections of the country, and thereby round up the drivers under its national jurisdiction.
Under the plan the drivers must have A. P. B. A. racing certificates to compete in sanctioned regattas. In obtaining them inducements will be offered such as official registration of their boats and motors as well as special services of the association to aid them in their racing.
(Reprinted from the New York Times, February 19, 1946)
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