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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"I brought my good luck charm, Holly, my wife. We just got
married last year." This is his 10th Gold Cup.
more information on the APBA Gold Cup race, visit www.gold-cup.com.
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