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APBA Gold Cup

APBA Gold Cup Waves of controversy struck as Nate Brown won the APBA Gold Cup, piloting the U-10 Miss Detroit Yacht Club to victory July 18, 2004 on the Detroit River. Brown did not cross the finish line first and it was five-time Gold Cup champ Dave Villwock who had apparently earned his sixth title until about an hour after the race when officials announced that Villwock and Miss Budweiser had been disqualified for infractions (lane violations) that occurred before the start of the race. Video replays backed up a helicopter referee’s original call that Miss Budweiser moved into the lane of and struck U-16 Miss Elam Plus.

The American Power Boat Association Challenge Cup for unlimited hydroplane racing is the oldest active motorsports trophy in North America. The first Gold Cup was competed for on the Hudson River in New York in June and September 1904. Since then several cities have hosted the race, led by Detroit (34 times) and Seattle (14). Note that (*) indicates driver was also owner of the winning boat.

Drivers with multiple wins: Chip Hanauer (11); Bill Muncey (8); Dave Villwock and Gar Wood (5); Dean Chenoweth (4); Caleb Bragg, Tom D’Eath, Lou Fageol, Ron Musson, George Reis and J.M. Wainwright (3); Danny Foster, George Henley, Vic Kliesrath, E.J. Schroeder, Bill Schumacher, Zalmon G. Simmons Jr., Joe Taggart, Mark Tate and George Townsend (2).

YearBoatDriverAvg. MPH
1904Standard (June)Carl Riotte*23.160
1904Vingt-Et-Un II
(Sept.)
W. Sharpe Kilmer*24.900
1905Chip IJ.M. Wainwright*15.000
1906Chip IIJ.M. Wainwright*25.000
1907Chip IIJ.M. Wainwright*23.903
1908Dixie IIE.J. Schroeder*29.938
1909Dixie IIE.J. Schroeder*29.590
    
1910Dixie IIIF.K. Burnham*32.473
1911MIT IIJ.H. Hayden*37.000
1912P.D.Q. IIA.G. Miles*39.462
1913Ankle DeepC.S. Mankowski*42.779
1914Baby Speed
  Demon II
Jim Blackton
& Bob Edgren
48.458
1915Miss DetroitJohnny Milot
& Jack Beebe
37.656
1916Miss MinneapolisBernard Smith48.860
1917Miss Detroit IIGar Wood*54.410
1918Miss Detroit IIGar Wood51.619
1919Miss Detroit IIIGar Wood*42.748
    
1920Miss America IGar Wood*62.022
1921Miss America IGar Wood*52.825
1922Packard ChriscraftJ.G. Vincent*40.253
1923Packard ChriscraftCaleb Bragg43.867
1924Baby BootleggerCaleb Bragg*45.302
1925Baby BootleggerCaleb Bragg*47.240
1926Greenwich FollyGeorge Townsend*47.984
1927Greenwich FollyGeorge Townsend*47.662
1928Not held  
1929ImpRichard Hoyt*48.662
    
1930Hotsy TotsyVic Kliesrath*52.673
1931Hotsy TotsyVic Kliesrath*53.602
1932Delphine IVBill Horn57.775
1933El LagartoGeorge Reis*56.260
1934El LagartoGeorge Reis*55.000
1935El LagartoGeorge Reis*55.056
1936ImpshiKaye Don45.735
1937Notre DameClell Perry63.675
1938AlagiTheo Rossi*64.340
1939My SinZ.G. Simmons Jr.*66.133
    
1940Hotsy Totsy IIISidney Allen*48.295
1941My SinZ.G. Simmons Jr.*52.509
1942-45 Not held  
1946Tempo VIGuy Lombardo*68.132
1947Miss Peps VDanny Foster57.000
1948Miss Great LakesDanny Foster46.845
1949My SweetieBill Cantrell73.612
    
1950Slo-Mo-Shun IVTed Jones78.216
1951Slo-Mo-Shun VLou Fageol90.871
1952Slo-Mo-Shun IVStan Dollar79.923
1953Slo-Mo-Shun IVJoe Taggart
& Lou Fageol
99.108
1954Slo-Mo-Shun VLou Fageol92.613
1955Gale VLee Schoenith99.552
1956Miss ThirftwayBill Muncey96.552
1957Miss ThriftwayBill Muncey101.787
1958Hawaii Kai IIIJack Regas103.000
1959MaverickBill Stead104.481
    
1960Not held  
1961Miss Century 21Bill Muncey99.678
1962Miss Century 21Bill Muncey100.710
1963Miss BardahlRon Musson105.124
1964Miss BardahlRon Musson103.433
1965Miss BardahlRon Musson103.132
1966Tahoe MissMira Slovak93.019
1967Miss BardahlBill Shumacher101.484
1968Miss BardahlBill Shumacher108.173
1969Miss BudweiserBill Sterett98.504
    
1970Miss BudweiserDean Chenoweth99.562
1971Miss MadisonJim McCormick98.043
1972Atlas Van LinesBill Muncey104.277
1973Miss BudweiserDean Chenoweth99.043
1974Pay 'n PakGeorge Henley104.428
1975Pay 'n PakGeorge Henley108.921
1976Miss U.S.Tom D'Eath100.412
1977Atlas Van LinesBill Muncey*111.822
1978Atlas Van LinesBill Muncey*100.412
1979Atlas Van LinesBill Muncey*100.765
    
1980Miss BudweiserDean Chenoweth106.932
1981Miss BudweiserDean Chenoweth116.387
1982Atlas Van LinesChip Hanauer120.050
1983Atlas Van LinesChip Hanauer118.507
1984Atlas Van LinesChip Hanauer130.175
1985Miller AmericanChip Hanauer120.643
1986Miller AmericanChip Hanauer116.523
1987Miller AmericanChip Hanauer127.620
1988Miss Circus CircusChip Hanauer
& Jim Prevost
123.756
1989Miss BudweiserTom D'Eath131.209
    
1990Miss BudweiserTom D'Eath143.176
1991Winston EagleMark Tate137.771
1992Miss BudweiserChip Hanauer136.282
1993Miss BudweiserChip Hanauer141.296
1994Smokin' Joe'sMark Tate145.532
1995Miss BudweiserChip Hanauer149.160
1996Pico/American DreamDave Villwock149.328
1997Miss BudweiserDave Villwock129.366
1998Miss BudweiserDave Villwock140.704
1999Miss PicoChip Hanauer152.591
    
2000Miss BudweiserDave Villwock139.416
2001Tubby's SubsMike Hanson140.519
2002Miss BudweiserDave Villwock143.093
2003 Miss Fox Hills Chrysler Jeep-Sun Coatings Mitch Evans 144.152
2004 Miss Detroit Yacht Club Nate Brown 141.195

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