June 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm

New deal keeps Gold Cup hydroplane race in Detroit for next 10 years

The Gold Cup has been held every year since 1990 on the Detroit River. (Steve Perez / Detroit News)

Detroit — The Gold Cup hydroplane race will be around for the long haul on the Detroit River.

The Detroit River Regatta Association, which organizes the event, and the American Power Boat Association, which is the sanctioning body for the series’ races, agreed on a new 10-year deal that will keep the Super Bowl of hydroplane racing in the Motor City.

This year’s Detroit Yacht Club APBA Gold Cup will be July 11-13.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to know the Gold Cup will be staying in Detroit, where it belongs, hopefully for another hundred years,” said Detroit River Regatta Association President Tom Bertolini in a statement released this morning.

Time trials and testing will get under way at noon on July 11 with heats taking place July 12, then additional heats and the Gold Cup race on the final day.

“The rich history and tradition Detroit brings to hydroplane racing makes it an ideal home for the Gold Cup for many years to come,” said Mark Wheeler, president of the APBA.

The inaugural Gold Cup was held in Detroit in 1916. It had been also run at different sites in the past but has been held every year since 1990 on the Detroit River. The Gold Cup is the oldest active trophy in motorsports.

Kip Brown is the defending champion.

July 11 will be Free Day. General admission tickets for the final two days are $15-$45 with reserved seating at $60. For more information, go to www.gold-cup.com or call (586) 774-0980.