Miss Peters and May among nine boats qualifying for Gold Cup

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Miss Peters and May prepares to qualify. (Photo courtesy of U11 Racing Group)
Miss Peters and May prepares to qualify. (Photo courtesy of U11 Racing Group)

A total of nine unlimited hydroplanes qualified Friday for this weekend’s Gold Cup hydroplane race in the Tri-Cities. Three boats did not qualify but will have a chance Saturday morning before the racing starts at 2:30 p.m. Each boat will run in two preliminary heats Saturday and two more preliminary heats Sunday. Following all those heats, a winner-take-all final heat will be run Sunday afternoon.

Our local hydroplane, Edmonds-based Miss Peters and May, was one of the qualifiers and is set to run hard in this, the granddaddy of all racing events in the country. The Gold Cup was established in 1904 and is being run in the Tri-Cities for the first time in 30 years. It is also the 50th anniversary of hydroplane racing in the Tri-Cities.

Here is a list of the 13 boats, with drivers and qualifying times as of Friday afternoon.

Boat                            Driver                          MPH

Elam Plus                    JeanTheoret                160

Graham Trucking I      J. Michael Kelly            156

Graham Trucking II    Jess Robertson             150

Oberto                         Jimmy Shane              157

Red Dot                      Scott Liddycoat           154

Griggs Ace Hardware  Jimmy King                 152

Go Fast Turn Left      Brian Perkins                 149

Dalton Industries        Cal Phipps                   155

Peters and May          Tom Thompson           145

Payne Insurance          Mike Webster             145

Miss DiJulio               Pat Sankuer                 DNQ

Bucket List Racing      Kelly Stocklin              DNQ

CarStar                        Kevin Eacrett             DNQ

Cal Phipps has a scary ride in the Dalton Industries hydroplane. (Photo by Owen Blauman)
Cal Phipps has a scary ride in the Dalton Industries hydroplane. (Photo by Owen Blauman)

Follow the racing each day on My Edmonds News.

— By Harry Gatjens

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