1951 National Sweepstakes
Navesink River, Red Bank NJ, August 11-12, 1951
The National Sweepstakes
The National Sweepstakes Power Regatta, at Red Bank, N.J., which threatened to disappear from competition after a poor program in 1950, was revivified this year by intense efforts by the local committee and produced a much better entry list and some excellent racing on the Navesink River Aug. 11-12 as Guy Lombardo successfully defended the Sweepstakes title with his Tempo VI and the smaller classes put on a good show.
Lombardo, making his first start of the 1951 campaign with his famous old boat shortened by three feet at the stern, had no trouble in the feature event, which he had also won previously in 1946 and 1950. His competition was confined to one other unlimited, the Gale from Detroit, owned by Ed Schoenith and driven by Al D'Eath, and a few venturesome 225s. Gale, the old Notre Dame now equipped with an Allison, never got moving enough to offer a challenge, and Lombardo merely had to sweep to the front and keep running on both 10-mile heats. His speeds were 77.956 and 81.08.
(Reprinted from Yachting, September 1951)
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