Spirit of Qatar wins, Oh Boy! Oberto second as three boats crash during Gold Cup

By Harry Gatjens

Dave Villwock drove the Spirit of Qatar to another perfect day as he won the Gold Cup for unlimited hydroplanes, today in Detroit.

The race was marred by crashes of three boats, including Edmonds-based Miss Peters and May. All three boats were involved in blow over-type accidents, where the boats flipped backward while traveling about 175 mph.

Luckily all three drivers were only slightly injured. One boat, the Matrix Systems, may be done for the season. Our local boat expects to be repaired in time to race in the Tri-Cities at the end of the month.


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