Detroit: Wind speeds cause No Contest event

Gold Cup Ruled No Contest DETROIT --- Wind speeds in excess of 20 miles per hour out of the west, kept the unlimited hydroplanes on the beach for most of the day and then finally defeated the nine boat field for the 100th running of...

Gold Cup Ruled No Contest

DETROIT --- Wind speeds in excess of 20 miles per hour out of the west, kept the unlimited hydroplanes on the beach for most of the day and then finally defeated the nine boat field for the 100th running of the Chrysler Jeep Superstores APBA Gold Cup. The race was ruled 'No Contest' and the 100th running of the Gold Cup will now take place in 2009.

"These are the worst conditions I have seen in 20 years on the Detroit River," said Steve David, driver of the Oh Boy! Oberto. "The wind is coming right up the river and when you have a four foot wave, you have to realize you have an eight foot hole and that is dangerous."

This is the first time the race has been ruled 'No Contest' since 1960 when the APBA Gold Cup was contested in Lake Mead, Nevada.

"This has been a difficult day for all of us," said American Boat Racing Association Race Chairman Sam Cole. "It is a beautiful, sunny day except for the high wind conditions and safety is the prime concern of everyone associated with this race."

Five boats did take to the river Sunday morning for the first elimination heat of the day. Mike Allen (New Orleans, La.) in the Formulaboats.com flipped his boat going through turn one. Allen was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital for precautionary reasons and then released. The elimination heat was not re-run.

The unlimited fleet will race next on the Columbia River in Tri-Cities, Wash. in two weeks.

-credit: abra

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