1961 APBA Gold Cup
Pyramid Lake, Reno, Nevada, August 26-28, 1961
2 Accidents Mar Gold Cup Races
Miss Reno, Miss Spokane Overturn Gale V Leads
Reno, Nevada, August 27  (AP) Two accidents, one involving the defending champion, Miss Reno, and the other involving Miss Spokane, marred the competition today in the Gold Cup championship for unlimited hydroplanes.
The pilots, Col. Russ Schleeh, driving Miss Reno, and Rex Manchester, in the Washington boat, escaped serious injury when their 2,000-horsepower speedboats flipped in Pyramid Lake before 35,000 fans.
Shortly after Miss Spokane went over, the final in this national championship event was postponed until tomorrow. One more heat and the final remained to be raced.
Miss Spokane was leading in her heat and appeared an easy victor when she flipped on the final turn of the tenth and last lap. Since more than five of the three-mile laps had been completed, the race was declared official and Gale V of Detroit became the winner, even though she didn't cover the full thirty miles of the heat.
The racing was halted after each accident. There had been a three-hour delay in starting the program because of wind and waves.
Since Miss U.S. I, the leader in the opening heat, had not completed five laps when Miss Reno overturned, that race was not official and will be rerun tomorrow before the seven leading boats race in the final.
Such Crust of Detroit was second to Gale V, and $ Bill, of Lompoc, California was third.
Her victory today gave Gale V 569 points for her two heats in this $35,000 event. Such Crust has 525 and $ Bill 359.
Gale V averaged 95.992 miles and hour over eight laps, Such Crust 80.717 over eight, and $ Bill 70.987 over seven today.
(From the Associated Press)
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