1956 APBA Gold Cup Race
Detroit River, Detroit MI, September 1, 1956
56 Gold Cup
Most unlimited hydroplane jockeys nurse an unlimited hatred for Miss Pepsi. Their own heavy craft are designed to skim the surface, bouncing along on three small hunks of hull. Air flows under the almost flat bellies, and the boats try their best to take off. Almost any bump can send them soaring.
In contrast to the precarious ride of the other boats, Miss Pepsi displaces water like a Sunday speedboat, is kicked along by two 1,500-h.p. Allison aircraft engines, and throws a rough wake that is awesome indeed. 'Riding behind her,' says one driver, 'is like a trip behind the Queen Mary.' To make matters worse, Miss Pepsi's driver, Chuck Thompson, has the quaint habit of taking her for a spin ten minutes before the starting gun. a tactic that is sure to roil the course.
(Reprinted from Time, September 10, 1956).
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