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Gold Cup hydroplanes to race in Detroit next summer

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Detroit — H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Chairman Steve David announced last month the series would be making a stop on the Detroit River after all this summer.

Well, now the series will be showcasing the Super Bowl race of the series, the APBA Gold Cup next year as well.

“In 2016 Detroit will be having its 100th running (of H1 Unlimited) and we feel it’s appropriate to have the Gold Cup there,” David said Monday night. “It’s huge, especially with the rebirth now with UAW and GM jumping on board with the local Chevrolet dealers. It’s just a real positive thing for both the race and the city.

“Then, the 2017 Gold Cup will be going back to the highest bidder during our annual meeting, just like it was long ago.”

Long ago is right since the Gold Cup had been run on the Detroit River every year since 1989 before the Detroit River Regatta Association disbanded, ending the city’s run of holding the race for motorsports’ oldest active trophy.

Jimmy Shane, who won the APBA Gold Cup on the Detroit River last year, repeated as Gold Cup champion this past weekend on the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington. It marked the 50th anniversary of Unlimited Hydroplane racing in Tri-Cities.

Shane and the rest of the field will be competing on the Detroit River August 22-23 with the running of the UAW-GM Sprit of Detroit HydroFest.

The APBA Gold Cup will be held in Detroit August 20-21, 2016.

“Bringing the APBA Gold Cup back to Detroit next year for the 100th anniversary is something truly special,” said Mark Weber, president of Detroit Riverfront, Inc., the organizing body for the UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest in a statement. “But we have so much to look forward to even before the Gold Cup’s return. The UAW-GM Spirit of Detroit HydroFest is less than a month away and promises two days of action-packed racing, including the unlimiteds, Grand Prix and Formula 2 tunnel boats.”

Grandstand seating starts at $45 with VIP Club tickets at $175. For more information, call (313) 329-8047.