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


Slo-Mo-Shun IV Wrecked

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

Stanley Sayres’ famous Slo-Mo-Shun IV, affectionately known the country over as "The Old Lady," was wrecked in the Detroit River on August 30 on her trials for the Gold Cup.

It is reported that a patrol boat somehow got onto the course and its wake ruined her, for she was doing about 140 mph. She skidded sideways, then dug her snout in and flipped. Joe Taggart, her driver, was very gravely injured, but the latest word is that he will recover. The boat is a complete wreck and no attempt will be make to repair her. This winds up the career of the greatest speedboat of all time.

(Reprinted from Sea and Pacific Motor Boat, October, 1956)


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