1951 APBA Gold Cup
Lake Washington, Seattle WA, August 4, 1951
Gold Cup Rules Changed
SEATTLE, Aug. 7  (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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