1953 APBA Gold Cup
Lake Washington, Seattle WA, August 9, 1953
Gold Cup Entrant Ripped In Tune-Up
SEATTLE, Aug. 8 (AP) — The wild men of the waters will hold their annual Gold Cup convention tomorrow on Lake Washington, and any delegate who catches the sturdy old Slo-Mo-Shun IV will at once become high chief of the speed boat world.
She'll take a lot of catching. Twice holder and present defender of the Gold Cup, the Slo-Mo IV, owned by Stanley S. Sayres. qualified for the race at 107.5 miles per hour and no other entrant came within ten m.p.h. of that time.
Joe Taggart of Detroit will be at the helm of the Seattle-owned champion when the delegates come out for the first thirty-mile heat at 2:05 P. M., Pacific Standard time. The second heat will start at 4:05 and the last at 6:05. Each calls for eight trips around the oval course.
Driver Steers to Shore
Five boats have qualified at better than ninety miles per hour, but one of them, the Detroit speed boat, Such Crust III, pulled out her transom (stern boards) while clipping-along at eighty-five miles an hour today and became a doubtful starter. The accident happened while the big boat was roaring north on the east side of the course. Driver Chuck Thompson immediately steered the III toward shore where she beached.
The boat was towed to a repair shop and crews set to work attempting to repair the damage. Thompson was not injured and no apparent damage was done to the motor or propeller.
Two other boats were fighting troubles to get in shape for the races.
Slo-Mo-Shun V, sister craft of the IV, ripped out her bottom when her propeller broke during a warm-up run. Crews have been working around the clock to get her ready.
The Gold Cup committee relaxed the rule to permit her to qualify on race day—tomorrow morning. The rung also gave another chance to the Detroit-owned Miss United States, which has been plagued by mechanical trouble.
The U. S. has been in and out of the water like a yo-yo, developing new trouble each time she attempted a run.
Lou Fageol of Kent, Ohio, who drove the Slo-Mo V to a Gold Cup triumph in 1951, was waiting impatiently for the repair crews to get the craft ready for action. He was driving when she cracked up Wednesday.
Detroit Drivers Set
Experienced Gold Cup drivers will handle the Detroit craft to challenge the Slo-Mos.
Wild Bill Cantrell, who was burned last year when the Such Crust IV exploded during the race, is back to drive the Such Crust V.
Dan Foster will pilot Miss Great Lakes [II], which qualified last year but conked out during the race. The Gale II will be driven by young Lee Schoenith, returning to the speed boat wars after a hitch in the armed services.
[Reprinted from the New York Times, August 9, 1953 ]
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