1953 APBA Gold Cup
Lake Washington, Seattle WA, August 9, 1953
Sunday Race Condemned By Church Vote
Presbytery Protests Gold Cup Contest
Vigorous opposition to holding this year's Gold Cup races on a Sunday was voiced Saturday by the Seattle Presbytery, representing all Presbyterian churches in the Seattle area.
The world-famed hydroplane race, dominated by Seattle's Slo-mo-shuns, has been held for the past two years on Lake Washington on a Saturday. This year it is scheduled for August 9, a Sunday.
By unanimous vote, a resolution declaring a Sunday-running of the big race a "misuse of the Lord's Day" was adopted at a meeting of the Presbytery at West Side Presbyterian Church.
The Presbytery's stated clerk was requested to convey this information to the Seattle Council of Churches and other inter-church agencies urging that they take similar action.
The announcement will be made from Seattle Presbyterian pulpits this Sunday. The Presbytery resolution declared that, in addition to being an improper observance of the Sabbath, the races would make it virtually impossible, because of traffic and noise, to hold Sunday church services in three Presbyterian churches near the lake, Mount Baker Park Community Presbyterian Church would be particularly affected and Brighton and Rainier Beach churches to a lesser degree, clergymen said.
[Seattle newspaper, 1953]
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