1961 APBA Gold Cup
Pyramid Lake, Reno, Nevada, August 26-28, 1961
Miss Reno, Miss U.S. I Take Gold Cup Heats
Water is Choppy for Nevada Races
Miss Reno Averages 103.64 M.P.H. Miss U.S. I Easy Hydroplane Victor
Reno, Nevada, August 26  (UPI) Miss U.S. I of Detroit, the fastest qualifier, won the second heat of the Gold cup world championship hydroplane race today after Miss Reno had sped to victory in the first. Two heats and the final are scheduled tomorrow.
Only a few feet behind Gale V of Detroit at the start, Donnie Wilson drove the red-and-white Detroit boat into the lead on the first turn and was never threatened.
The second heat was a parade over the choppy Pyramid Lake course except for a last-lap sprint by Miss Spokane. Driven by Rex Manchester, Miss Spokane took second place from Tempest, of Burien, Washington, which was driven by Chuck Hickling.
Tempest settled for third, ahead of Gale V of Detroit, driven by Wild Bill Cantrell. Fascination I, with Bob larson at the wheel, suffered the same fate as her sister boat Fascination in the first race and went dead in the water on the north turn of the last lap.
Six boats started in the first heat and five in the second. Cutie Radio of Everett, Washington, driven by Bob Miller, and Miss Seattle II, driven by Dallas Sartz, failed to make the lineup.
Miss Reno took the lead at the start as she won out in the frantic jockeying for position that marks every unlimited hydroplane start. But she was overtaken quickly by Miss Bardahl, which led by the end of the first lap and had a margin of some 200 yards by the end of the second.
Miss Reno's victory at an average speed of 103.64 miles an hour for the 10-lap, thirty-mile heat gave her 400 points toward the championship. Other point-winners were Century 21 (300), Such Crust (225), Miss Bardahl (169) and $ Bill (127).
(From United Press International)
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