1959 Diamond Cup
Lake Coeur d'Alene, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, July 19, 1959


Maverick Wins Diamond Cup

Diamonds Aren't Forever [1959]
Maverick Wins Diamond Cup
bullet Diamond Cup 'One Big Accident'
1959 Diamond Cup - Statistics

The Diamond Cup at Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho was full of mishaps; one driver was seriously injured, two drivers bruised, one boat sunk, one damaged. But unlimited hydroplane racing in the last 15 years has been a potentially dangerous sport with the high speed out-running precautions.

In the excited conversations that followed the race Ole Bardahl leveled the most important charge, that water-skiers raised rollers on the south turn where three accidents occurred, and he hinted that rescue work was slow. He announced, with some qualification that he is retiring Miss Bardahl.

In the preliminary heats July 18 there were no serious accidents. In heat 1B Coral Reef’s engine went sour at the starting line and Hawaii Kai died on the second lap. Miss Thriftway beat out Miss Bardahl in the first section.

On July 20 the trouble started on the first running of heat 2-A when Miss Burien spun out, cracked up, flipped driver Bill Brow into the water, and sank in 80 feet of water, badly wrecked. Brow was bruised, not seriously.

Heat 2-A was then rerun. Jack Regas, in third position in Miss Bardahl, the winning driver in last year’s Gold Cup race, holder of the unlimited hydroplane international speed records and driving last year’s unlimited hydro high-point champion, hit some rough water on the forth lap, and Bardahl died. The race was stopped, the position counted.

Regas suffered injury when he was pitched forward as the right sponson of his hydro dug in. He was slapped back in the cockpit when the force of the water slammed part of the dashboard section into him. He suffered a fractured skull, three broken ribs, a broken bone in his right hand, and cuts and bruises. He was unconscious or semi-conscious for days.

Brien Wygle in Hawaii Kai III, who edged out Bill Muncey in Miss Thriftway, won heat 2-B.

Miss Spokane, 1959 Diamond cup, Norm Evans about to be pitched out
Norm Evans gets tossed

The final heat was also scheduled for five laps but it never made it. Norm Evans, driving Miss Spokane, made a beautiful start, with Miss Thriftway, Maverick, Nitrogen, Hawaii Kai and KOLroy following in that order. Miss Spokane’s speed was finally too great for her turning ability on the fourth lap and she spun out on a turn and tossed driver Norm Evans in the drink. Red flares stopped the race for the third time and Evans rescued comparatively unhurt.

For Bill Muncey it was an old story. He won the final heat, but he tied on points with Bill Stead and his Maverick. The times were then compared and Bill Stead, the Nevada ranchman driving for Bill Waggoner, was declared the winner by 1.8 seconds. This cool-headed driver who has always shown great courage and skill has put the Maverick brand on the Diamond Cup for the second successive year.

Summary Diamond Cup

Heat 1-A

Boat

Speed

Time

Miss Thriftway

104.895

8:34.8

Miss Bardahl

104.813

8:35.2

Miss Spokane

99.173

9:04.5

Miss Pay n Save

93.815

9:35.6

Nitrogen

86.261

10:25.0

Heat 1-B

Maverick

104.226

8:38.1

Miss U.S. I

102.156

8:48.6

Miss Burien

98.666

10:07.3

KOLroy

85.578

10:31.0

Coral Reef

DNF

 

Hawaii Kai

DNF

 

Heat 2-A

Boat

Speed

Points

Maverick

107.290

800

Miss Spokane

105.768

525

Nitrogen

97.245

352

KOLroy

84.358

338

Bardahl went dead in third lap

Heat 2-B

Hawaii Kai

105.017

400

Miss Thriftway

104.146

700

Coral Reef

83.333

225

Miss Pay ‘n Save went dead in 3rd lap. Miss U.S. I did not start.

Final Heat

Miss Thriftway

109.756

1,100

Maverick

109.333

1,100

Nitrogen

99.448

577

Hawaii Kai

94.571

400

KOLroy

80+

565

Miss Spokane out on on 4th lap.

(Reprinted from Sea and Pacific Motor Boat, September 1959, p.94)

Final Standings
1 U-00 Maverick (2)
2 U-60 Miss Thriftway (3)
3 U-8 Hawaii Kai III
4 U-25 Miss Spokane
5 U-79 Nitrogen
6 U-1300 KOLroy
7 U-40 Miss Bardahl (2)
8 U-2 Miss U.S. I (2)
9 U-4 Miss Burien
10 U-19 Coral Reef
11 U-47 Miss Pay 'n Save
DNQ U-13002 KOLroy Too
DNQ U-21 $ Bill

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