1966 APBA Gold Cup
Detroit River, Detroit MI, July 3-4, 1966


How the Western Circuit Will Continue

bullet Grand Daddy of All Races
bullet '66 Gold cup to Run in Detroit
bullet Muncey Hits 115: "U.S." Fastest Ever
bullet Boat Race Field Complete
bullet Detroit Powerboat Races Postponed After Exploding Craft Kills Thompson
bullet Miss Smirnoff Disintegrates Once Again, Death Takes the Wheel
bullet Hydroplane Driver Dies in Gold Cup
bullet Hydro Racing Takes Another
bullet Hydroplanes Claim No. 4
bullet Slovak Drives Tahoe Miss to Victory in Slowest Gold Cup Time in 12 Years
bullet Mira Slovak Pilots Tahoe Miss to Victory in Gold Cup Race
bullet Investigation of Hydroplane Accidents Ends
bullet How the Western Circuit Will Continue

Stunned as it was following tragedy piled on tragedies in the back-to-back President's Cup and Gold Cup big time unlimited hydroplane racing, the combine of owners and drivers have looked over almost every running and non-running hull that will float and have come forth on July 8 (deadline date of this rundown) with a startling list of probable entries for the remaining West Coast regattas.

These regattas: famed Seattle Seafair race, August 7; San Diego at Mission Bay, September 25; Sacramento (probable), October 2; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, October 24; and the July races in the Inland Empire country — Kelowna, B.C., July 17 (estimated seven entries) and the Atomic Cup at the Tri-Cities on man-made Lake Wallowa, July 24.

Here's the rundown direct from Detroit on the sure ones and the probables: Miss U. S.—now leading in national points after the regrettable wipe-outs—is rebuilding for the big West Coast races; the new aluminum Miss Budweiser will be ready; Tahoe Miss, a remarkable smooth-running hull when she can overcome mechanical hoodoos, looms large on the starting lines; Miss Chrysler Crew suffered from a relatively minor fire and will be running; there is a new boat, My Gypsy; and a re-namer to Hilton's Hy-Per-Lube; there will be a Gale boat but she may come West as Miss Smirnoff; Miss Tri-Cities is a possible and Mariner Too will be around if proper engines can be obtained; Bob Fendler of Long Beach is anxious to have his Wayfarer's Club Lady finally tuned to competitive status; Such Crust may now be sponsored by and called Lear Jet; the two Savairs, Mist and Probe, will try to do better as will Miss Lapeer. As a topper to this "revival" movement a Seattle group is considering dipping into the mothball fleet and refitting what once was the proud Slo-Mo-Shun V, the same that famed Lou Fageol once drove into the most discussed inside loop-the-loop in racing history.

(Reprinted from Sea and Pacific Motor Boat, August 1966, pp.21)


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