1956 APBA Gold Cup Race
Detroit River, Detroit MI, September 1, 1956


Miss Thriftway Reinstated as Gold Cup Winner
Rhodes is Upheld by Officials 11-0
Disqualification of His Miss Thriftway is Reversed — Miss Pepsi Put Second

Hydro Hassle in Detroit

Taggart Badly Injured as Speed Boat Overturns
Slo-Mo-Shun IV Wrecked
Miss Pepsi Named Gold Cup Victor
'56 Gold Cup
Gold Cup Still Up In Air
Gold Cup Winner in Doubt
Gold Cup Protests Fail

Aid Of Detroit And Seattle Newspapers Sought In Gold Cup Motorboat Dispute

Boating Body Holds Hearing on Gold Cup

Prize Award Enjoined

Miss Thriftway Reinstated as Gold Cup Winner

Gold Cup Winner Upheld by APBA

Court Backs Award to Miss Thriftway

Detroit, October 25 [1956] (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 Dossin’s 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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