UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest celebrates a century of powerboat racing on the Detroit River

DETROIT  – The thrilling tradition of high speed powerboat racing in Detroit continues with the UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2016. This event will mark 100 consecutive years of powerboat racing along the Detroit River and the return of the prestigious APBA Gold Cup.

UAW-GM and Detroit Riverfront Events, Inc. are expanding their commitment and partnership by announcing the addition of “FREE Friday,” occurring on August 26 beginning at 1 p.m., which will include free admission to the grandstands and the cold pit during the practice runs.

“This is a momentous occasion for the city and our racing fans marking the return of the APBA Gold Cup, the oldest active trophy in motorsports, on the 100th anniversary of the premier hydroplane race in the country,” said Mark Weber, president of Detroit Riverfront Events, Inc., the host and planning organization for UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest. “This event is part of the legacy of Detroit and together, with our partners at UAW-GM, we’re excited to mark this milestone and create an unforgettable experience for the crowds.”

The first sanctioned hydroplane race took place on the Detroit River in 1916, and has been a Detroit tradition ever since. Detroit Riverfront Events is working closely with west coast-based H1 Unlimited to make the Detroit race bigger and better than ever.

In addition to “Free Friday,” plans are underway for more activities, attractions and events leading up to this year’s HydroFest. “We are actively coordinating efforts to make this a memorable event fitting for our 100th anniversary and look forward to making a series of announcements in the next few months,” said Weber.

The UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest is the longest continuously running unlimited hydroplane race on the H1 Unlimited circuit. The H1 Unlimited hydroplanes are the fastest and most powerful, closed-course racing boats in the world.

UAW-GM’s title sponsorship has ensured that all general admission parks will remain free on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are on-sale now. Grandstand seating start at $50, with ticket prices increasing up to $180 for the VIP Club Gold Cup. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, call the office of the Detroit Riverfront Events Inc. at 313-329-8047. Visit for complete details.


2016 UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest event map

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