1975 Gar Wood Trophy
Detroit River, Detroit MI, June 29, 1975
D’Eath Scores First-Ever Hydro Win
DETROIT -- (Special) — Tom D’Eath’s days as an apprentice are
D’Eath became a member of unlimited-hydroplane racing’s Winners
Club yesterday when he drove the Miss U.S. to victory in the $30,000 Gar
Wood Trophy race on the Detroit River.
The triumph capped a series of comeback attempts by D’Eath and
the Miss U.S. owner, George Simon, and could not have occurred at a more
The Detroit-based boat out dueled the defending champion Miss
Budweiser in the final heat, pulling away to a 10-length triumph that
delighted hometown spectators.
Mickey Remund moved the Miss Budweiser up to the No. 2
spot in the season’s point standings with his second place finish, while George
Henley finished third in the Pay ‘n Pak. Lincoln Thrift was fourth
and Miss Madison fifth in the final heat.
Weisfield’s, the season-long leader and top qualifier for
this race, was not in contention. The Seattle-based boat dropped out of its
first heat with a broken gear box and sputtered because of a bad piston to a
fourth-place finish in its second heat.
D’Eath sped to victory in all three of his heats, traveling the
final five lap circuit at a reported 121.321 miles an hour.
While D’Eath was gripping his first unlimited trophy after 2½
years of trying, Bill Muncey was shaking his head about what happened after he
got a firm grip on the Atlas Van Lines’ steering wheel.
Muncey, a five-time Gold Cup champion from San Diego, found
himself in control of only the wheel when it came off in his hands as he roared
toward the start of Heat 2A.
The Atlas veered sharply to the right and made an
unscheduled dash up a canal, between two lines of spectator boats, near the
Detroit Yacht Club.
"It scared the hell out of me," Muncey said.
D’Eath, 31, of Fair Haven, Mich., had not finished a 1975
regatta until yesterday and almost doubled his previous season point total with
the 1,200-point performance here.
Simon, who has campaigned unlimiteds under the U.S. Equipment
Co. banner for 20 years, had not fielded a winner here since Muncey pushed a
previous Miss U.S. to victory in 1969.
This Miss U.S., rebuilt after burning to the water line
in last year’s Gold Cup race in Seattle, is powered by a turbo-charged Allison
The Weisfield’s, winner of two previous races this year,
and Miss Budweiser, the President’s Cup winner both get their thrusts
from Rolls Royce powerplants.
D’Eath’s speeds for one lap, one heat and an entire regatta all
were faster than the Spirit of Detroit course records. However, since the new,
shorter course has not been surveyed and its exact distance is unknown, none of
the marks was a record.
The speeds, computed with a three-mile conversion table by
unlimited officials even though the course was about 2¾ miles long:
— first lap, final heat, 123.287 m.p.h.; fastest five-lap heat-final, 121.321;
overall 15-lap average, 118.476.
The hydroplanes will be in Madison,
Ind., Sunday for the Indiana Governor’s Cup race.
— Miss U.S., T. D’Eath, 117.921 m.p.h.; Miss Budweiser, Remund,
116.404; Lincoln Thrift. Milner Irvin, 110.361; Miss North Tool
(former Miss Shenandoah), Roger D’Eath, 82.733. Atlas Van Lines,
Muncey, did not finish.
— Pay ‘n Pak, Henley, 115.904; Miss Madison, Jerry Bangs 102.311;
Probe, Bob Miller, 101.256. Weisfield's, Billy Schumacher, did rot
start; Miss Vernors, Fred Alter, D. N. F.
— Budweiser, 116.104; Lincoln Thrift, 108.108; Probe,
97,737. Atlas, Vernors and Mr. Fabricator (alternate), Tom
Kaufman, D. N. S.
— Miss U.S., 116.179; Pay ‘n Pak, 111.662; Madison,
95.575; Weisfield’s, 86.552. North Tool, D. N. S.
— Probe, 101.886. Fabricator, Vernors, D. N. F.
— Miss U.S., 121.312; Budweiser, 120.160; Pay ‘n Pak,
111065; Lincoln Thrift, 108.238; Miss Madison, 68.588.
Miss Budweiser (Remund)
Lincoln Thrift (Irvin)
Pay ‘n Pak (Henley)
Atlas Van Lines (Muncey)
Miss U.S. (Tom D’Eath)
Miss Madison (Bangs)
Miss Valvoline (Sheehy)
Miss North Tool (R. D’Eath)
(Reprinted from The Seattle Times, June 30, 1975)
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