1953 APBA Gold Cup
Lake Washington, Seattle WA, August 9, 1953
In The Wake of the Rooster Tails
|Shining light of the Eastern drivers was 24-year-old Lee Schoenith, who kept the Gale II right on the Slo-mo's stern much of the time and won himself a big hand from the mob . . . "Keep her down below 95 miles per hour" was Sayres' warning to Taggart before the final heat, because all he had to do to clinch the Cup was keep her running, even if she finished behind the Virginia V on a excursion rim through the canal . . . POME (The IV)—Grandma of the old Slo-mos; older she gets, the faster she goes . . . if you are mechanically minded, all of the boats entered were powered by Allison motors except the Slo-mo V, which has the British-designed Rolls-Royce . . . countless hours of work by the mechanics and several sleepless nights went for naught when the V had to sit it out, but that is a part of the game . . . best-groomed hydroplane was the Gale, with chartreuse cowling and berry brown hull but in this game the prize is to the swiftest, not the prettiest . . . Stanley Dollar, last year's champion driver of the IV, saw his first Gold Cup race from the sidelines and as they went whizzing past the barge he exclaimed, "So that's the way it looks!" . . . the boys in the press coop were trying to promote a special race between the Coast Guard Helicopter and the Navy Blimp between heats but couldn't make the match . . . height of frustration was the feelings of Danny Foster in Miss Great Lakes, who traveled 2,300 miles for 60 seconds of racing . . . (In the very first heat she threw her propeller, a very necessary piece of equipment, which is like. Robin Roberts losing his right arm or Native Dancer losing a leg) . . . Bread but no butter—The two Such Crusts, costly entries of Jack Schafer, the bakery magnate, finished but of the dough . . . QUOTE, ENDQUOTE (Eastern boating men, all of them)—"There just isn't another race site in the world that ran compare with what you’ve got here on Lake Washington" . . .|
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