1959 APBA Gold Cup
Lake Washington, Seattle, WA, August 9, 1959


Your 1959 Timetable for the Seattle Seafair

bullet Hydros Groom for Gold Cup
bullet Your 1959 Time Table for the Seattle Seafair
bullet Gold Cup Race Rules
bullet Miss US I Pacing 13
bullet And Next Year the Trophy Will Have a Cash Value
bullet Maverick Wins Cup
bullet Maverick Wins the Gold Cup
bullet Gold Cup Race Won by Maverick 
bullet How to Win the Gold Cup by Bill Muncey
bullet 1959 APBA Gold Cup - Statistics

The summertime Seafair festival at Seattle includes more competitive nautical events and any other show in America. Water skiing races, sailing regattas, outboard championships, inboard races and free cruises come to an end on the last day when as the grand finale the Seattle YC puts the fabled Gold Cup at stake against unlimited hydroplane challengers from all over the United States.

Gold Cup Facts to Remember

The Gold Cup is now the only unlimited hydroplane race were there is a bonus (400 points) given for the fastest race. Points are also awarded to each craft on each heat, 400 for first-place, 300 for next, and 225, 169, 27, 95 and 71 points. Only the fastest 21 qualifiers will start. Boats will be limited to 7 to each heat. The first heat will have three sections; the second heat will have to sections; and the final heat will have the fastest surviving 7 boats.

Trophies will include the Gold Cup to the winner; the Martini-Rossi trophy for the fastest heat; the Aaron deRoy Plaque for the fastest lap; and the Pop Cooper Trophy for the fastest qualifying time.

How to See the Gold Cup

Best place to see the race is from the deck of your own or somebody else's boat. The course along Lake Washington has been changed slightly in the log booms moved around as a safety measure; but there's just as much space as last year. Space costs $11 for small craft to $100 for 50-footers. Reserved land seats cost $3.50 on the West Shore; free admission to Lake Washington floating bridge and along East, West and South shores of Lake Washington.

Gold Cup Records

Lap (3 miles) -- 113.804 mph -- Miss Wahoo, Mira Slovak, driver Seattle, 1957
Heat (30 miles) -- 109.823 mph -- Hawaii Kai, Jack Regas, driver Seattle, 1957
Race (90 miles) -- 103.481 mph -- Hawaii Kai, Jack Regas, driver Seattle, 1958

August 3-8

Gold Cup qualifying, Lake Washington, on Gold Cup course. Challengers must run three laps at 95 mph or better. Fastest 21 qualifiers accepted. 11 AM-5 PM.

August 9

Gold Cup race -- Lake Washington, on Gold Cup course, south of floating bridge; 12-5 PM; unlimited hydroplanes; Stanley Donogh, referee; Don Amick, Gold Cup chairman; Andy Joy, vice-president; Phil Butler Jr., pit chairman; and Jack Glidewell, reg.; Harry M. Waves, assistant referee; Jerry Bryant, unlimited commissioner; 90 mile race, run in three 30-mile mile heats of 10 laps per heat around three mile course.

Tentative schedule calls for seven heats:

Heat 1A

12:00 noon

Heat 1B

12:40 PM

Heat 1C

1:20 PM

Heat 2A

2:35 PM

Heat 2B

3:15 PM

Jr. Crew

4:00 PM

Final Heat

4:30 PM

Tentative Gold Cup Challengers

No.

Name of Boat

Owner

YC

Length

Power

U-00

Maverick

William Waggoner Jr.

Lake Mead

30-0

Allison

U-2

Miss U.S. I

George Simon

Detroit

30-0

Rolls

U-4

Miss Burien

Tempest, Inc.

Seattle IRA

27-4

Allison

U-8

Hawaii Kai III

Joe Mascari

 

30-0

Rolls

U-19

Coral Reef

Austin Snell

Tacoma

29-0

Allison

U-21

Dollar Bill

Lawrence Schuyler

Southern California speedboat

30-0

Allison

U-22

Breathless

J. Murphy Sr.

Lake Tahoe

30-0

Allison

U-25

Miss Spokane

Spokane Citizens

Spokane

29-2

Rolls

U-37

Miss Seattle

Anderson-Stoen

Seattle

28-0

Rolls

U-40

Miss Bardahl

Ole Bardahl

Queen City

30-0

Rolls

U-47

Miss Pay 'n Save

Hydros Inc.

Seattle

30-0

Rolls

U-55

Gale V

Gale Electric

Detroit

34-0

Allison

U-56

Gale VI

Gale Electric

Detroit

34-0

Allison

U-60

Miss Thriftway

Willard Rhodes

Seattle

30-9

Rolls

U-62

Thriftway Too

Willard Rhodes

Seattle

34-0

Rolls

U-77

Miss Wahoo

Bill Boeing

Seattle

30-0

Rolls

U-79

Nitrogen

Samuel Du Pont

Washington D.C.

29-6

Allison

U-88

Fascination

Bob Gilliam

Tacoma

32-0

Allison

U-99

Short Circuit

Thompson Electric

Windmill Pointe

30-0

Allison

U-222

Breathless II

J. Murphy Jr.

Lake Tahoe

31-0

Allison

G-22

Such Crust III

Jack Schafer

Detroit

35-0

Allison

(Reprinted from Sea and Pacific Motor Boat, August 1959, pp. 22 +)


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