Vintage Race Boat Shop
Detroit APBA Gold Cup
July 10-12, 2009
The Vintage Race Boats returned to Detroit !!!
First things first, special thanks to Tom Bertolini and Joe Schulte for bringing our beloved APBA 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, 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, 3 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 !!!
This event was sanctioned by the APBA Vintage & Historic Division.
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