1951 APBA Gold Cup
Lake Washington, Seattle WA, August 4, 1951


Gold Cup Rules Changed
Qualifying Speed and Minimum Length of Boats Raised

bullet The 1951 Gold Cup Remembered
bullet Sayres Readies Boat for Defense of Gold Cup in Seattle Race
bullet Nation's Top Racers to Invade Seattle
bullet New Slo-Mo-Shun May Be Ready For August Races
bullet Can They Beat "Slo-Mo-Shun IV"?
bullet Are the Big-name Racing Boats Challenging with Revised Hulls?
bullet Just Two Boats Qualify
bullet Set Speed-boat Record
bullet 100 mph Record for Dossins' Craft
bullet Miss Pepsi Chief Threat in Gold Cup
bullet "Slo-Mo V" Roars to Gold Cup's Fastest Win
bullet Slo-Mo-Shun V Wins Gold Cup At Seattle
bullet Pilot and Mechanic Killed As Gold Cup Race Boat Sinks
bullet Cup Racer Called a "Runaway" Boat
bullet Gold Cup Rules Changed
bullet Safety Committee Named
bullet Death at Seattle
bullet Quicksilver (from This is Hydroplaning)
bullet Statistics

SEATTLE, Aug. 7 [1951] (UP) The death of two men in the sinking Saturday of the speed boat Quicksilver during the Gold Cup race has prompted two changes in regulations and may bring others, the American Power Boat Association disclosed today. A committee of owners and drivers was named to make a study of safety measures. Another committee of builders and designers was chosen to study the advisability of adopting regulations on the beam-to-length ratio. The A. P. B. A. rules committee raised the qualifying speed for the Gold Cup to seventy-five miles and established a minimum of twenty feet for the length of competing boats. The previous speed minimum was sixty-five miles per hour. Owner-Driver Orth Mathiot of Portland and Mechanic Thompson Whitaker of Vancouver, Wash., died when the Quicksilver sank.

[Reprinted from the United Press, August 7, 1951]

 


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