1953 APBA Gold Cup
Lake Washington, Seattle WA, August 9, 1953
Last year Slo-mo-shun IV successfully defended the Gold-Cup, driven by Stanley Dollar. Here she is coming into the barge after finishing the last heat of the great race.
On The Eve of the Gold Cup Race
The 46th running of the Gold Cup, world’s greatest speedboat race, will begin at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 9 on the famous Lake Washington course, just south of the floating bridge entrance to Seattle.
The three grueling heats will begin at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Qualifying trials for these mighty unlimited racers will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily August 3 through 7.
Limited inboard racers will again vie between Gold Cup heats. The five top finishers in the 225 Cu. in. class and the 266 cu. in. class may square off in a 10-boat race for the famous Seafair Trophy now held by Slo-mo-shun V. There may be some 7-litre craft entered, too. The trophy was originally put up to give another day of racing for the unlimiteds during Gold Cup times when there was no Harmsworth challenge. However, the grueling Gold Cup races of the past two years in Seattle have eliminated entrants for a Seafair race. So the committee is putting up the beautiful $3500 Seafair Trophy to the limiteds in those two classes if they wish to race for it. After the 225’s and 266’s have assembled for the racing between Gold Cup heats the drivers and owners can call for the Seafair Trophy race if they want it. This would be run between second and third heats on August 9. All racers can get other information by writing Seattle Yacht Club, host, 1807 Hamlin Street, Seattle.
The 48 cu. in. hydros, the 135’s and 136’s will race the Green Lake course (Seattle) on Saturday August 8. All inboards are racing for $250 per heat.
Western Divisional outboard class races begin on Thursday, August 6th and run on Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th on Green Lake.
The big event of racing—The Gold Cup—will most likely square off this way, allowing that there may be some changes: defending champion Slo-mo-shun IV driven by Paul Sawyer and 1951 champion Slo-mo-shun V driven by Lou Fageol, and both owned by Stan Sayres.
Such Crust III driven by Chuck Thompson, a twin-engine job and Such Crust V, driven by Bill Cantrell, both owned by Jack Shafer of Detroit.
Miss Great Lakes, owned by Al Fallon and driven by Danny Foster, both of Detroit; Gale II, owned by Joe Schoenith and driven by Lee Schoenith, and possibly their new Gale III, all from Detroit.
Etta (2), owned by George Sarant, of Freeport, Long Island, and something of a mystery craft; Hurricane IV from Los Angeles, owned and driven by popular Morlan Visel; and among the possible entrants, undetermined at the time this issue went to press were:
George Simon, Detroit, Miss United States [Miss U.S. (1)] and Joe Taggart’s Tommyann. Neither of these boats was a sure starter because both have just been built and were involved in last minute finishing work. Dan J. Murphy, who brought Deejay out in 1951, may possibly bring her again.
[Sea and Pacific Motor Boat, August, 1953]
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