1947 Biscayne Gold Cup
[Miami Jaycee Trophy]
Lombardo Among 100 Pilots Competing In Biscayne Regatta
More than 100 speedboat pilots will compete in the 34th annual Biscayne Bay Regatta. Miami’s oldest continuous sporting event, March 1-2 on Chapman course. Jack Horsley, general chairman, announced this will be the largest field since the classic was inaugurated in 1913 by the late Carl Fisher, a former auto race driver and developer of Miami Beach. Thirty-four races are on the program and trophies and cash valued at $4,500 will be awarded the winners.
Competing craft are the most versatile in the history of the event, boats ranging in class from the 90 m. p. m. Gold Cup speedsters to small service runabouts. Miami’s powerboat regatta will wind up the itinerary of the Grapefruit circuit. Intensified rivalry and innovation of improved fuel and radical hull designs is expected to result in some new world records.
Band leader Guy Lombardo, who drives speedboats as a hobby, and L. J. Fageol of Kent, O.. will seek top honors in the Gold Cup dashes. Lombardo raced his Tempo VI to victory in the 1946 Gold Cup at Detroit. Fageol piloted his So-Long, jr., to first place in the Silver Cup race, also at Detroit, last year. In the 135 cubic-inch hydroplane class. Pacific Coast champion. Morlan Visel of Los Angeles and Eastern Coast champion Merlyn Culver, of Dayton, O., will battle it out for top place.
(Reprinted from The Miami News, February 23, 1947)