1956 APBA Gold Cup Race
Detroit River, Detroit MI, September 1, 1956
Court Backs Award to Miss Thriftway
Detroit, November 21  (AP) The legal maneuvering over the Gold Cup speed boat race on Labor day week-end ended in Circuit Court today, with Miss Thriftway of Seattle emerging as the official winner.
Judge Joseph A. Moynihan dismissed a suit filed by Horace E. Dodge, the owner of My Sweetie Dora. Dodge had asked that the race on the Detroit River be declared no contest.
Judge Moynihan ruled that the purpose of the suit had been served when the American Power Boat Association changed its ruling on boats qualifying for the race. All boats now are required to attain a speed of ninety-five miles an hour to enter the race.
Dodge, an auto fortune heir, claimed in his suit that his boat had been eliminated by another which qualified under a relaxation of the rules.
In another legal battle settled last week, the Inboard Racing Commission, a unit of the American Power Boat Association, voted to uphold Miss Thriftways claim to the cup. The Seattle entry, owned by Willard Rhodes, crossed the finish line first but the local race committee disqualified it on the ground it hit a buoy.
The cup then was awarded to Miss Pepsi, owned by Roy Dossin of Detroit.
(Reprinted from the Associated Press, November 21, 1956)
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