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Local Sports News / H1 Unlimited Boat Racing

Sunday, 15 July, 2012 7:54 PM

Dave Villwock wins 10th APBA Gold Cup trophy on the Detroit River

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Gold Cup Winner Dave Villwock holds up the APBA Gold Cup trophy on July 15, 2012 in Detroit.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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DETROIT -- The 103rd Annual APBA Gold Cup was held July 13-15, 2012. This is the most prestigious of motorsport trophies and it is also the oldest. The first trophy was awarded in 1904.

Hydroplanes reached speeds of 200 mph on the Detroit River. The Roostertail turn is one of the fastest and tightest turns in the circuit. The rules state that the engines cannot use more than 4.1 gallons per minute. The length of each boat is 29 feet, six inches, the width is 14 feet, six inches, with a weight of 6,750 pounds. They produce 3,000 horsepower and these boats are made of carbon fiber and composite material.

Hydroplane racing became a tradition in Detroit when designer Christopher Columbus (of Chris-Craft boat company) built a boat that would crack the 60 mph speed barrier, winning the Gold Cup in 1915.

Friday was free day for practice and qualifying to the general admission areas. Saturday and Sunday were race days. If you enjoy speed, this ws the place to be. The weather was picture perfect. With a little rain on Sunday, for about five minutes, the sun returned for the rest of the day.

The FA-18 US Nay Jets Air show was held after the noon hour. It was so loud that I had to put earplugs in. However, the acrobatic stunts of these jets were amazing.
There were custom hot rods in Piston Park all weekend long.

During the Unlimited heat, the No. 11 Miss Peters and May boat with JW Myers as the driver, tipped over and was upside down in the water. Officials had to tow it back to shore while it was still underwater. When they finally got it back to the pit area, they had to flip it on its side to get the water out of it. Then, they flipped it again and lifted it onto the trailer. As it was on the trailer, everyone saw the damage that was done to the boat. JW Myers was brought to shore in a rescue boat and hauled away into an ambulance for observation. He turned out ok, with a little shoulder pain.

Also that day, another boat tipped over, Scott Liddycoat of the No. 88 Degree Men. He was found safe and OK also. The damage to his boat was not quite that visible.

Needless to say, with these two accidents, the race was delayed about one and a half hours. In the end, Dave Villwock in the Qatar boat won the APBA Gold Cup. He thanked everyone from the volunteers to his crew.

He said, "I brought my good luck charm, Holly, my wife. We just got married last year." This is his 10th Gold Cup.

For more information on the APBA Gold Cup race, visit www.gold-cup.com.

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PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

With 65 career victories under his belt, Dave Villwock is the all-time winningest driver in the sport's history. Villwock has been awarded the APBA Gold Cup seven times and captured the National High Point Driver Championship an astounding nine times.

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Driver JW Myers on a rescue boat

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

His boat is Miss Peters & May

 

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

JW Myers being put in ambulance

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Damage to Miss Peters and May boat

 

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