1996 APBA Gold Cup
Detroit River, Detroit MI, June 2, 1996


Rough Waters

Final Recap of Wet and Wild Cup Weekend . . .
Villwock Breezes to Hydroplane Title
Three-Lap Heats Leave Sidelined Tate Hot
Hanuaer Sidelined
Rough Waters
Thunderboats Lose to Detroit River Wind, Waves

After a six-hour delay, unlimiteds finally took the water for Heat 3A. PICO, driven by Gold Cup winner Dave Villwock, covered the three laps in 138.159 mph to beat Miss Wellness Plan (129.803) and DeWALT Tools (126.610).

Villwock said the conditions were "very rough."

"It was a little risky," Villwock said. "I ran the gas early but then had to get in a good tempo. It was pretty bumpy out there, especially in the straightaways. But that's part of racing."

In the next heat, Miss Budweiser won with an average speed of 144.115. Miss D.O.C. was second at 134.904 followed by Miss Exide (118.463) and the Roostertail (108.489).

Evans was asked whether he altered his strategy because of the conditions.

"Yes, I crossed my fingers," Evans said, smiling.

"Seriously, it was a little bumpier than I figured it would be, but this is such a good boat. I just tried to stay out of the bumpy parts as much as I could."

(reprinted from Detroit News, June 3, 1996)


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