Detroit APBA Gold Cup - 2005

July 15-17, 2005

Recap & Photos

The Vintage Race Boats Returned to Detroit !!!

First things first - Detroit was a well planned and well run APBA vintage event, and  many thanks go the the event organizers - Tom and Jacq Bertolini.


This was 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 - nice job organizers. We had lots of space,  with 3 cranes for just our vintage boats, and over 100 feet of good docking on the water. All the boats were crane launched, and the docks were so long that we could actually pre-stage our vintage heats at the dock. The boats were then released all at once - great fun and very dramatic - especially on heats with over 8 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 had a ball, got all the running time most of us could handle, and left Detroit with empty tanks and very tired bodies !!!


The constant crane launching also gave spectators a chance to view and photograph the unique bottom designs, that illustrate the evolution of Gold Cup hulls.


And again the year, we hauled some of our vintage boats for displays at fundraisers at the historic Detroit Yacht Club and the grand Grouse Point Yacht Club.  These two clubs are THE major sponsors for our vintage race boats at the historic Gold Cup regatta again this year - and we very much appreciate their support !!!


Yup - this was another grand celebration of our beloved Detroit APBA Gold Cup - and the sights and sounds of our vintage race boats were just magnificent


Enjoy the photos.

Click here for pictures of last summer's vintage event.












The following photos are from Bill DeGlopper - many thanks !!!




And on the trek home we burned a trailer wheel bearing - but were saved from the deaths of despair by Mark and Rob at:

Marks's Union Tire & Stereo

Brockville, Ontario


Thanks guys !!!


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