HPROP: Detroit Gold Cup preview

APBA/Hydro-Prop Gold Cup countdown underway. 2New group headed by former champion brings new passion to 99th anniversary race. (Detroit, Mich.) - The countdown is underway for one of America's oldest motorsports trophies, the American Power...

APBA/Hydro-Prop Gold Cup countdown underway.

2New group headed by former champion brings new passion to 99th anniversary race.

(Detroit, Mich.) - The countdown is underway for one of America's oldest motorsports trophies, the American Power Boat Association Gold Cup that will be contested August 22-24 on the Detroit River at the Chrysler-Jeep Superstores APBA/Hydro-Prop Gold Cup.

Crafted by Tiffany's in 1904 as the APBA Challenge Cup, the nearly century old loving cup has, like the Stanley Cup, added a series of bases to include the names of its 94 winners.

One of those names from Gold Cups past, three-time winner, Detroiter Tom D'Eath, has stepped forward to assure the continuation of the tradition of powerboat racing on the Detroit River, which dates back to 1916. His newly formed group, the Detroit River Regatta Association looks to carry the tradition forward.

"We should all recognize the passion and excitement that Tom D'Eath and the new Detroit River Regatta Association are bringing to the sport and to the Gold Cup," said Gary Garbrecht, Chairman of Hydro-Prop. "The teams and drivers are all very excited about racing for the Gold Cup on the Detroit River and becoming part of the Gold Cup history and Detroit tradition."

"We have had a very interesting season so far, with a piston powered boat (U-3), a returning driver, Mark Evans and the traditional favorite Miss Budweiser all winning races," continued Garbrecht. "We also have numerous other boats on the verge of a victory including the U-10 driven by Mike Weber and the U-16 driven by Nate Brown. And for new boats like Jim Harvey's new Miss Trendwest, the extra time gained by having the race postponed to August has give them a much better shot at winning."

"This should be a very exciting Gold Cup and we know that the fans and supporters in Detroit who are helping the new group to succeed, are going to enjoy the competition."

Practice and qualifying will begin for the Chrysler-Jeep Superstores APBA/Hydro-Prop Gold Cup Friday, August 22 with the finals scheduled for Sunday, August 24. The Chrysler-Jeep Superstores APBA/Hydro-Prop Gold Cup race will be televised on SPEED Channel on Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 PM (EDT).

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