1950 Imperial Gold Cup
Ohio River, New Martinsville, West Virginia, September 24, 1950


Boat Banter
By Fred Runnells

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Walter and Roy Dossin are faced with the chore of raising their record-breaking Miss Pepsi after she upset and sank during the running of the New Martinsville regatta last Sunday, September 24.

Driver Chuck Thompson and assistant Harold Beardsley were tossed from the craft when she nosedived while traveling 60 miles per hour and holding a comfortable 150 yard lead over the rest of the fleet. Thompson and Beardsley suffered shock, cuts and bruises. Spectators saw, the ship flip end over end before sinking. Roy Dossin said the boat would be raised from her 20-foot watery grave Monday.

Miss Pepsi set a world record of 95 miles per hour in winning the President's Cup a week ago in Washington, D.C. She also holds the course record of 107 miles per hour set during one of the heats in the Silver Cup regatta here September 4.

The race was won by Horace Dodge's Delphine IX driven by Danny Foster with an average of 66.49 miles per hour.

[Reprinted from the Grosse Pointe News, September 28, 1950]


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