2002 Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit Apba Gold Cup July 11-14 Presented By The Chrysler Jeep Superstores Of Southeastern Michigan HISTORY: One of racing's most prestigious events, the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit APBA Gold Cup features...
2002 Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit Apba Gold Cup July 11-14 Presented By The Chrysler Jeep Superstores Of Southeastern Michigan
HISTORY: One of racing's most prestigious events, the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit APBA Gold Cup features the world's fastest boats. Founded in 1962, the Spirit of Detroit Thunderfest Inc. is a group of volunteers dedicated to supporting and promoting powerboat racing on the Detroit River. The group provides the people power needed to stage this dynamic event. About 600 volunteers pay $30 a year to become a member and help support the event.
UNLIMITEDS: All boats are at least 28' in length and powered by Lycoming Turbine Engines, WW II Allison Airplane engines or WW II Rolls Royce Merlin engines and multiple automotive engines combining for a total of 900 cubic inches. These boats reach speeds close to 225 mph down the backstretch of the 2-1/2 mile oval course. There are no restrictions on reciprocating engines -- thus, the name Unlimited. Approximately 11 Unlimiteds are expected to race on the Detroit River. These boats compete for the most prestigious trophy in all of powerboat racing --the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit APBA Gold Cup.
UNLIMITED LIGHTS: These boats are 22' in length, powered by a maximum of 468 cubic inches and reach speeds up to 165 mph. All engines must be fitted with one four-barrel carburetor and are allowed to run Sunoco high-octane racing fuel. About 12 Unlimited Lights will compete this year. On Friday night, the Chrysler-Jeep Automotive Gold Cup Race will take place at 5:15 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, these boats will compete for the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Automotive Gold Cup.
JERSEY SPEED SKIFFS: A 16' lap strake rowboat powered by a 300 H.P. small block Chevy with driver and rider seated behind the motor traveling at over 80 mph. Close racing in an unpredictable, skipping, hopping bounding boat makes a real crowd-pleasing sight. Detroit welcomes back this exciting class with a predicted 12 boats racing on the river competing for the Kowalski Sausage Championship.
INFLATABLES: These boats are capable of running in the roughest water conditions known to the sport of boat racing and share many characteristics as the Offshore boats with similar handling as tunnel boats. These boats, also called Thunderducks, require a pilot and co-pilot with speeds exceeding 50 mph. They measure 13' long and have a 6' beam. This year's race will be the Sindbad's Outboard Performance Inflatable Race.
VINTAGE: Vintage hydroplanes will be conducting historic laps on the river on Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11. Included in the Vintage group this year will be the remake of 1970's Miss Madison unlimited hydro that won the Gold Cup race in Madison, Ind. This boat will be featured with actor Jake Lloyd in the movie 'MADISON.' The movie will be released in October.
TIME: Qualifying and testing for all classes will take place Thursday, July 11, and Friday, July 12, from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All heats are run on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14. The final heat is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.
CROWD ESTIMATE: More than 250,000 fans -- one of the largest single-day crowds for a sporting event in the USA.
PARKING: All parks have on-site parking or reserved lots nearby. A shuttle service is available from Thursday - Sunday of race week from Henderson Park located at Burns Dr. and Jefferson Ave.
TELEVISION: FOX-2 Detroit is the official television station for the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Detroit APBA Gold Cup.
RADIO: WWJ 950 AM is the official radio station and will be broadcasting the race live on-site on Sunday, July 14, with news highlights throughout race week.
TICKET INFO: Eleven viewing locations are available along the Jefferson side of the Detroit River. Pit tours and group rates are available. Free viewing is available on Belle Isle and at Gabriel Richard and Owens Park on the Jefferson side of the Detroit River. For ticket info call Thunderfest at 800-359-7760 or go to the www.thunderfest.com. General Admission park tickets are sold through TicketMaster, at 248.645.6666. During race week, tickets will be sold at Gregory's Boat Works on 9666 E. Jefferson at Waterworks Park.