McClure looks to defend Governor’s Cup hydroplane title

James Hawkins
The Detroit News

The ripping and roaring of inboard hydroplane boat races is set to return to Waterford’s Pontiac Lake on July 22 for the 17th annual Quake on the Lake.

The three-day event features the best teams from around the world competing for world championship points and the Governor’s Cup — and possibly world records — as they skip over the water at speeds up to 150 mph on what’s considered one of the fastest one-mile courses in America.

And for the first time, Quake will host its third straight American Power Boat Association Summer Nationals. Plus, for the first time in 30 years, all APBA inboard classes will be at one site competing for the Summer National Championship crown.

“This year’s extraordinary event will feature five new race classes, including the big, bad and loud Grand Prix,” Quake chairman Mary Anne Wilson said in a statement. “Eight other classes will go head-to-head for honors and five classes of flat bottoms will join in the fun and excitement of the competition this year.”

The hydroplane races are slated to begin at 10 a.m. July 23-24 and feature 13 classes. Each day will start with the smaller classes (1.5 Litre Stock, 1 Litre Modified) that can reach speeds of more than 90 mph, and finish with the biggest and fastest classes (Grand National, Grand Prix) that can exceed 150 mph.

Over the past 16 years, inboard hydroplane racers have established 21 APBA world speed records in five classes at Quake.

Ciara McClure, a 17-year-old from Pennsylvania, will look to make it 22 as she returns to defend her Governor’s Cup title, which is awarded to the overall high points winner.

In addition to the hydroplane races, there will be a “Hot Summer Nights” mixer, a classic car show, a beach party, and a “Let There Be Rock” tribute to the early music of AC/DC.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12, and children 4 and under get in free.

Quake on the Lake

When: July 22-24, Pontiac Lake, Waterford

Times: 5-9 p.m. July 22, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. July 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 24