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Hydroplanes chairman seeks Detroit race this summer

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Unlimited Hydroplane racing fans could get the opportunity to watch races on the Detroit River after all this summer, at least if H1Unlimited Chairman Steve David has his way.

David, a star driver of the H1 Unlimited series for more than two decades, wants the series to continue racing on the Detroit River despite the news that the Detroit River Regatta Association will cease operations effective Feb. 28.

"The DRRA has been the host organization for the Detroit APBA Gold Cup unlimited hydroplane since 2003 and we need to thank the DRRA for their support for the past 11 years," David said in a statement. "It is important to recognize Bill Rands, Tom Bertolini, Mark Weber and all the volunteers who worked and sacrificed so much to keep the boats racing on the Detroit River.

"Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan outlined 'revitalization initiatives' for the city during his State of the City address, and we too are putting our 'revitalization initiatives' together for the boat races in Detroit. DYC's (Detroit Yacht Club) immediate past Commodore Fred Carr will co-lead a new organization that will work to bring the unlimited hydroplanes to Detroit in 2015. We owe it to our fans and the Motor City to do what we can to keep this great Detroit tradition going."

Jimmy Shane won the Gold Cup this past July on the Detroit River. It was the first time in more than two decades the race was without 10-time Gold Cup champion Dave Villwock and David, a perennial runner-up.

Now, David wants to make sure he comes back, this time as the series Chairman. He won 18 H1 unlimited races, six unlimited championships and was a 12-time Gold Cup runner-up.

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