1956 APBA Gold Cup Race
Detroit River, Detroit MI, September 1, 1956
Miss ThriftwayReinstated as Gold Cup Winner
Detroit, October 25  (AP) The Inboard Racing Commission of the American Power Boat Association today allowed one protest and disallowed another that followed the September 1 Gold Cup race.
The action, in effect, restored the Seattle-owned Miss Thriftway to the position of apparent winner of the race, with Miss Pepsi of Detroit second. It thus resolved one phase of a long and bitter dispute.
Miss Thriftway, owned by Willard Rhodes, was disqualified by the Gold cup race committee immediately after the race here. The disqualification was on the ground she had struck and damaged a buoy during the seventh lap of the final heat. Miss Pepsi then was declared the winner.
Rhodes protested the ruling and asked the disqualification of Roy Dossins Miss Pepsi. Rhodes said Miss Pepsi had struck the buoy on the next lap.
The commission, after a study of a lengthy report from a special hearing committee, was unanimous in its action. It voted 11-0 to reverse the ruling of the local committee in disqualifying Miss Thriftway and to disallow Rhodes protest against Miss Pepsi.
The makes Miss Thriftway the winner so far as speedboat racing officials are concerned. However, just before the race, Horace Dodge of Detroit instituted court action to restrain the APBA from awarding the cup. The case is still pending.
Dodges My Sweetie Dora had been eliminated from the race in the final qualifying heats. Dodge asserted racing rules had been broken when those heats were permitted on the day of the race.
(Reprinted from the Associated Press, October 25, 1956)
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