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