1953 APBA Gold Cup
Lake Washington, Seattle WA, August 9, 1953
Slo-mo-shun IV Captures Gold Cup Race for Third
Seattle Boat Wins in All Three Heats
Slo-mo-shun IV Beats Gale II and Such Crust III on CoastHallett Sets World Mark
Seattle, August 9  (AP) The Slo-mo-shun IV won the Gold Cup speedboat race for the third time in four years today, placing first in all three of the 30-mile heats. Only two other boats finished: Gale II placing second and Such Crust III third. The Slo-mo-shun is from Seattle, the others are Detroit boats.
Joe Taggart turned in the fastest thirty mile in Gold Cup history whe he won the opening heat in 95.268 mile per hour. Lou Fageol won the second by averaging 92.014, but he eased off after a tense duel with Gale II on the fourth lap.
Taggart drove the final heat.
Slo-mo-shun averaged better than 90 miles per hour for all three of the heats. Her slowest heat was the last one, when her competition had dwindles to only two boats.
Winner Scores 2,000 Points
The Slo-mo-shun piled up 2,000 points in the scoring system used for the Gold Cup rce. Gale had 825 and Such Crust III 691. Miss United States gained 294 and Such Crust V 225.
The course was laid out at a longer distance than inpost races, with longer straightaways but the winner was not able to approach the record lap time of 108.66 mph credited to the Slo-mo-shun V in 1951. Fageol drove the winner through the fastest lap in his second heat duel with Gale, averaging 104.231 mph. for one trip around the course.
Driven by Lee Schoenith, Gale gave the Seattle champion trouble in the second heat after finishing a strong second in the first.
Schoenith triled Fageol for two laps and then squeezed ahead on the first turn of the third lap. Going into the fourth circuit of the three and three-quarter-mile lap, Gale was 100 yards to the good but Fageol caught up coming out of the first turn and they ran bow to bow down the back stretch.
Going around tightly at the last turn, Fageol went into the lead and Gale steadily lost ground from there on, apparently not responding to Schoenith's satisfaction.
Such Crust III Second
The twin-engined Such Crust III, driven by Chuck Thompson, moved up to nip Gale for second place at the finish. Lapped by the field Miss United States was fourth.
Such Crust V, which was third in the opening heat lost a propeller in the fourth lap and driver Bill Cantrell finished the heat as a spectator.
Of the two othe entrants, Miss Great Lakes conked out in the first turn of the first heat and Slo-mo-shun V failed to get in a qualifying run before the race.
Bob Hallett of Downey, Calif. bettered a world-record, driving his 225-cubic-inch speed boat at an average 80.443 miles per hour. The time was recorded during a race for smaller hydroplanes between heats of the Gold Cup tests. Hallett held the previous record of 75.8 mph.
(Associated Press, August 9, 1953)
[The boat referred to as Miss United States was the first Miss U.S.; the boat here called Miss Great Lakes was the Miss Great Lakes II. LF]
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