1951 APBA Gold Cup
Lake Washington, Seattle WA, August 4, 1951
New Slo-Mo-Shun May Re Ready For August Gold Cup Races
Building in greatest secrecy since the middle of March, a new unlimited speed boat of the Gold Cup class for Stanley S. Sayres is expected to be launched and tried out on Seattle's Lake Washington in early July.
Associated with Sayres in his new venture are Ted Jones and Anchor Jensen, who designed and built the world-famous Slo-Mo-Shun IV. It was with this boat that Sayres set a new speed record of 160.3235 mph. and won the Gold Cup and Harmsworth Trophy last year.
The new craft was built in the sail loft of the Jensen Motor Boat Company, Seattle. No details have yet been released on its design and construction other than it is approximately the same size as Slo-Mo-Shun IV and will be powered with an Allison aircraft engine, the same plant as its famous predecessor.
Neither Sayres, Jones, or Jensen would make a public comparison of the new boat to Slo-Mo-Shun IV, although it was obvious that they held high hopes for it. One reason is that all during its career Slo-Mo-Shun IV has never been hard-pressed and opened up to its full throttle.
Neither would the trio make any predictions of the ultimate speed of the new boat.
Since the new boat was begun so late in the season, it is quite uncertain whether or not it will be ready in time for participation in the Gold Cup Race to be held in Seattle August 4. No indication was given by Sayres as to the use he will make of the boat.
However, those familiar with the long history of the Gold Cup races will remember that Gar Wood, in defending the trophy with his famous line of Miss Americas, frequently had two boats on hand for defending his long reign as speed boat king.
Others have had two boats ready for the Gold Cup races, such as Jack Schaefer with his Such Crust I and Such Crust II. Horace Dodge, the millionaire Detroit speed boat fan, has often had two boats ready for these races.
(Reprinted from Pacific Motor Boat, July 1951, p.21)
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