Hydroplane racing is coming back!
This is the story from the Detroit Free Press:
“This week, UAW-GM and Detroit Riverfront Events Inc. plan to announce the return of hydroplane unlimited racing Aug. 22–23 to the Detroit River.
“The race will take place between Belle Isle and the Detroit mainland over a 2.5-mile course, in the same location where past APBA Gold Cup contests raced.
“Two Michigan-based drivers are scheduled to compete in the event: Cal Phipps (Sterling Heights) in the U-27 Wiggins Racing entry and rookie Patrick Sankuer (Chesterfield Township) in the U-12 Centurion Racing Miss DiJulio.
“Hydroplanes have been a part of Motor City sports for a century. The first sanctioned race took place in 1915 and the first Gold Cup race in 1916. Since then at least one hydroplane race has been contested every year in Detroit, with only a five-year hiatus (1941–45) due to World War II.
“The Detroit River Regatta Association, which had hosted the Gold Cup races, ceased operations Feb. 28, putting hydroplane racing in Detroit this year in jeopardy.
“The APBA Gold Cup race has moved to the Tri-Cities, Wash., area July 25–26. The hydroplane season begins July 3 in Madison, Ind.”