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1955 Lake Tahoe Mapes Trophy

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The 1955 Mapes Trophy took place on September 10 of that year. Only three Unlimiteds participated. So the race didn't count for APBA National High Poin… View »

1955 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Lee Schoenith and GALE V from Detroit finally broke up the Seattle Yacht Club’s five-year monopoly of the Gold Cup in 1955. GALE V won a disputed decis… View »

1954 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian For pure boat racing, it's hard to top the classic 1954 Gold Cup at Seattle. Indeed, boats ran head-to-head with each other all day long on that memora… View »

1953 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The 1953 APBA Gold Cup continued the victory string in the race of races by the Seattle-based SLO-MO-SHUN team, owned by Stanley S. Sayres. With driver… View »

1952 President's Cup Regatta

By David Beach Beneath a sky that made photography a pleasure, the 1952 President's Cup Regatta reestablished the Unlimited Hydroplane class as the most spectacular in APBA racing. Not one case of "g… View »

1952 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The twin-Allison-powered step hydroplane MISS PEPSI was really on a roll in 1952. She won the majority of the races she entered--but not the Gold Cup.… View »

1951 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplae Historian The first West Coast Unlimited hydroplane race to count for APBA National Points was the 1951 APBA Gold Cup on Seattle's Lake Washington. SLO-MO-SHUN IV… View »

1951 APBA Gold Cup

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Seattle, WA - Lake Washington, August 4. Co-sponsored by Greater Seattle, Inc. (now Seafair, Inc.) and the Seattle Yacht Club. FINAL STANDINGS POI… View »

1950 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian During the first half of the 20th Century, no boat representing a yacht club from west of the Mississippi River was ever victorious. All of that change… View »

1949 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian In a 1971 interview with this writer, popular "Wild Bill" Cantrell was asked to identify the one race above all others in his career that stood out as… View »

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