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1948 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The 1948 APBA Gold Cup on the Detroit River is remembered as being one of the most destructive in boat racing history. Only one entry (MISS GREAT LAKES… View »

1947 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Driver Danny Foster became the first Gold Cup winner to use a modern power source in 1947. MISS PEPS V, which used an Allison aircraft engine, outran t… View »

1946 National Sweepstakes Regatta

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian One of the most popular race sites of the 1930s and '40s was Red Bank, New Jersey, the scene of the annual National Sweepstakes Regatta. The Sweepstake… View »

1946 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian After time-out for World War II, Gold Cup racing resumed in 1946 with a rejuvenated format in evidence. The 732 cubic inch piston limitation had been a… View »

1941 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Amid concerns about the imminence of World War II, only one boat (MY SIN) answered the starter’s gun for the 1941 APBA Gold Cup on the Navesink River a… View »

1940 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The 1940 winner, Sidney Allen, had never driven anything faster than a runabout. He had only just purchased the old and obsolete HOTSY TOTSY III from t… View »

1939 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The 1939 Gold Cup in Detroit was historically significant on several counts. For the first time since its inception in 1904, the race winner was a thre… View »

1938 Pacific Motor Boat Trophy Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Prior to World War II, Gold Cup and Unlimited Class racing was confined largely to the northeast quadrant of the United States. But there was a small p… View »

1938 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian The U.S. team held back the foreign challenge in 1937, but bowed to Count Rossi in 1938. Rossi pushed his 19-foot 7-inch ALAGI, powered by half of an I… View »

1937 Gold Cup Remembered

By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian IMPSHI's win in 1936 returned the Gold Cup to the trophy shelf of the Detroit Yacht Club. The 1937 race proved to be one of the more successful in the… View »

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