Detroit APBA Gold Cup - 2007
July 13-15, 2007
The Vintage Race Boats returned to Detroit !!!
Many thanks to Tom Bertolini for bringing our vintage race boats back to Detroit, Michigan for the 2007 APBA Gold Cup. What an honor to run on this historic course.
Sanctioned by the APBA Vintage & Historic Division.
First things first - special thanks to our APBA Vintage chairman for bringing our beloved vintage race boats back to the Detroit APBA Gold Cup !!!
In addition to the spectacular Unlimited Hydroplanes, this was also a very large gathering of beautiful vintage race boats - including 3-point hydroplanes, Jersey Speed Skiffs, Gold Cup fast steppers, and fire breathing grand prix hydros. The vintage boats were on display all weekend, and also ran demonstration heats on the historic Detroit Gold Cup race course.
This year, we were again located in the "Piston Park" area, close to the start/finish line, and the logistics were just superb - thanks to the event organizers. We had lots of space, 4 cranes for our vintage boats, and over 100 feet of good docking on the water. All the boats were crane launched, and the docks were be so long that we were able to pre-stage our vintage heats at the dock. The boats were all be released all at once - great fun and very dramatic - especially on heats with over 10 vintage boats !!!
And again this year our vintage boats had TONS of water time - with lots of vintage heats on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Yup - we all had a ball, with all the running time most of us could handle, and we left Detroit with empty tanks and very tired bodies !!!
The constant crane launching also gave the spectators a chance to view and photograph the unique bottom designs, that illustrate the evolution of Gold Cup hulls. And again the year, our vintage boats were used for fundraisers at both the historic Detroit Yacht Club and the grand Grosse Point Yacht Club. These two clubs were THE major sponsors for our vintage race boats at the historic Gold Cup Regatta again this year - and we very much appreciate their support !!!
That's it - we had a great time - many thanks to Tom Bertolini !!!
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