1961 Silver Cup
Detroit River, Detroit, MI, September 10, 1961


Silver Cup Future is in Doubt
by George E. Van

bullet All Have Shot at Silver Cup
bullet Miss Lumberville Pleases Owner
bullet Silver Cup Racer Dies in Boat Flip
bullet Hayward Dies Trying Fastest Turn in History
bullet Silver Cup Future is in Doubt
bullet 32 Seconds to Death
bullet Statistics

There was no Silver cup presentation dinner at the Detroit Yacht Club last night, and the future of this speedboat event is up in the air here.

Yesterday’s five-heat series with 10 boats racing, was stopped when Bob Hayward was killed as Miss Supertest II flipped on the first turn of the third heat.

Miss Bardahl, driven by Ron Musson of Seattle, was named winner of the Silver cup by John Carter, race chairman for the DYC.

Carter also said there are plans at this time for a Silver Cup next ,year.

Miss Bardahl had the fastest time made in the two heats completed. Musson whirled her around at 108.089 miles' an hour. Such Crust IV, driven by Fred Alter, won the second heat and second place with a time of 98.084 m.p.h. Bill Muncey's Century 21, of Seattle, second to Miss Bardahl in the first heat, was given third place.

A member of the DYC directorate said yesterday's tragic ending for the likeable young Canadian driver practically ended the DYC Silver Cup interest.

The club also has been embarrassed by recent publicity given the financial difficulties entailed in promoting the Silver Cup. Namely, the club was $6000 short last week in what was needed to pay for the annual event instituted in 1948.

The DYC already was concerned about the perils of holding the race. The death of Hayward pointed up the fact that the racing of unlimited speedboats around a three-mile course is becoming increasingly dangerous:

This angle involves spectators as well as contestants. The boats are going faster all the time and the drivers are going faster and deeper into the turns to stay in the running.

The possibility of a boat getting out of control and hurtling into a crowded dock or a section of loaded bleacher seats along the shore also concerns DYC heads.

Heat 1A

1

Miss Bardahl

Ron Musson, Seattle

108.089

2

Century 21

Bill Muncey, Seattle

105.202

3

Miss U.S.

Don Wilson, Detroit

100.139

4

Miss Detroit

Chuck Thompson, Detroit

91.316

 

Miss Supertest II

Bob Hayward, Embro, Ont.

DSQ (hit buoy)

Heat 1B

1

Such Crust

Fred Alter, Detroit

98.084

2

Gale V

Bill Cantrell, Detroit

97.929

3

Thunderbolt

Bud Saile, Detroit

95.457

4

Lumberville

Walt Kade, Detroit

91.572

 

Miss Madison

Marion Cooper, Madison, Ind.

DSQ (hit buoy)

Final Standings

1

Miss Bardahl

400 points

2

Such Crust

300

3

Century 21

225

4

Gale V

169

5

Miss U.S. I

127

6

Lumberville

53

 

Miss Supertest II

DSQ

 

Miss Madison

DSQ

(Reprinted from the Detroit News, September 11, 1961, pp.1B-2B)

[Thanks to Tom Jewett for providing the newspaper clippings for this page --LF]


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