1961 APBA Gold Cup
Pyramid Lake, Reno, Nevada, August 26-28, 1961
Miss Century 21 Takes Gold Cup
Reno, Nevada, August 28  (UPI) Bill Muncey of Seattle, who said he had planned a "cold, calculating race," bounced to his third Gold cup hydroplane championship today without winning a single heat.
He clinched the title, which he also had won in 1956 and 1957, by; taking second in the final heat behind Miss U.S. I, of Detroit, driven by Don Wilson.
Miss U.S. I was the fastest qualifier at 110.656 miles an hour. Wilson drove her to victory in the second heat Saturday and won again in the final heat today. Yesterday he was in front on the fifth lap of her second race, only 200 yards from the finish line, when Schleeh flipped.
If Wilson had crossed the line, the halfway point of the ten-lap, thirty-mile heat, it would have been an official race and he would have had 400 more points and almost certain overall victory.
In the re-run of that heat today, Miss U.S. I went dead in the water on the treacherous north turn of the third lap and could not finish. Her crew made quick repairs and she came back as strong as ever to capture the final heat.
Muncey's Miss Century 21 scored 900 points over-all. She was followed by Miss U.S. I with 800 and Miss Bardahl of Seattle, driven by Ron Musson, Akron, Ohio, with 794.
|1-A||1||Miss Reno||Reno, Nevada||Col. Russ Schleeh||103.644 m.p.h.|
|2||Miss Century 21||Seattle, Wash.||Bill Muncey||100.447|
|3||Such Crust||Detroit||Fred Alter||91.151|
|4||Miss Bardahl||Seattle||Ron Musson||84.813|
|5||$ Bill||Lompoc, Calif.||Red Loomis||84.813|
|1-B||1||Miss U.S. I||Detroit||Don Wilson||94.844|
|2||Miss Spokane||Spokane, Wash.||Rex Manchester||94.035|
|3||Tempest||Burien, Wash.||Chuck Hickling||93.913|
|4||Gale V||Detroit||Bill Cantrell||90.316|
|1||Gale V (8 laps)||95.992|
|2||Such Crust (8 laps)||80.717|
|3||$ Bill (7 laps)||Bob Larsen||70.987|
|2||Miss Century 21||96.188|
|4||Fascination I||Seattle||Bob Gilliam||84.884|
|Final||1||Miss U.S. I||103.490|
|2||Miss Century 21||102.399|
[Note that the "Such Crust" above refer to the second Such Crust IV --LF]
(From United Press International)
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