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Memories of Gold Cup on Lake Coeur d' Alene in the '60s

I became a race fan back in the '60s when my uncle took us to watch the Gold Cup on Lake Coeur d' Alene by boat from his cabin nearby. I've become a race fanatic ever since. Going to the races on Lake CDA in 2013 was a 45-year plus nostalgic weekend. We need to keep the races coming here! Wish I could donate but not able to at this time. Watch Seafair religiously via streamline every year from Idaho!

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Comment by Lisa Alger on May 4, 2015 at 4:59pm

Okay, okay.  I thought when I googled it it said Gold Cup.  Weird.  I'll take your word for it!!!!! Thanks....

Comment by WhitemoonG on May 2, 2015 at 5:46am

Lisa:  It's great that we both have memories of the hydro races on Lake Coeur d' Alene,  but it was NEVER the Gold Cup there, and it was ALWAYS the Diamond Cup.   The Gold Cup has been considered as the Super Bowl, or World Series of hydro racing,  and it has been held predominantly in Detroit, or Seattle, occasionally elsewhere, but NEVER in Coeur d' Alene.    There are numerous resources on this site and elsewhere which will verify that fact.  Look under the "History" section on this site, to page 9, and read "Thunder in Coeur d' Alene" by Fred Farley, which gives a lengthy history.  The Diamond Cup in CDA was first held in l958 thru 1968, with no race in l967.

Diamond cup winner in CDA l958 and l959 was Miss Maverick,  Diamond cup CDA winner 1960 was Seattle Too, Diamond cup CDA winner 1961-63 was Miss Century 21/Thriftway, Diamond cup CDA winner 1964-65 was Miss Exide, Diamond cup winner l966 Tahoe Miss, and Diamond cup winner 1968 was Bardahl.  Note, after a 45 year hiatus, the race in CDA in 2013 was also called the Diamond Cup.

Comment by WhitemoonG on April 30, 2015 at 12:09pm

It was the Diamond Cup on Lake Coeur d' Alene.  I have many memories of it also, growing up as a kid there.

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