1968 APBA Gold Cup
Detroit River, Detroit MI, September 8, 1968


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Race Crash Fatal to Gardner


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The unlimited hydroplane circuit and the famed Gold Cup went for years with an occasional crackup, some serious injuries and only a rare fatality. Then, two seasons ago, tragedy for drivers struck often. This season went well, right up to the late running of the Gold Cup on the Detroit River, following a postponement. Miss Eagle Electric from Spokane, Washington, with Warner Gardner at the helm, approached this race having her finest season. Gardner had won three races in '68 and had just won the President's Cup in Washington, D.C. Warner Gardner died of the head injuries he suffered when the hydro sailed high in the air, over and over, in front of the judges' stand during the final Gold Cup heat. The sheer fact of another loss expresses its own regret and sorrow. Additional words will add little.

(Reprinted from Sea and Pacific Motor Boat, November, 1968, p.16)

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