1947 Season Summary

Statistics

1. March 1-2 Biscayne Gold Cup Miami, Florida
  June 22 Hiram S. Eggers Trophy Louisville, Kentucky
2. July 4 Webb Trophy Davenport, Iowa
  July 6 Mark Twain Trophy Hannibal, Missouri
3. July 12 Ford Memorial Detroit, Michigan
4. August 10 A.P.B.A. Gold Cup New York, New York
  August 17 Lake Tahoe Championship Tahoe City, California
5. August 23-24 Auerbach Trophy Red Bank, New Jersey
6. August 23-24 National Sweepstakes Red Bank, New Jersey
  August 23-24 Red Bank Gold Cup Red Bank, New Jersey
  August 30-September 1 Star-Spangled Banner Regatta Baltimore, Maryland
7. August 30-September 1 Silver Cup Detroit, Michigan
  September 7 Cincinnati Yacht Club Free-for-All Cincinnati, Ohio
  September 14 Harwood Trophy New York, New York
8. September 20-21 President’s Cup Washington, D.C.
  September 21 American Speedboat Championship Washington, D.C.
9. September 28 Imperial Gold Cup New Martinsville, W.Va
  November 2 Pacific Motor Boat Trophy Costa Mesa, California

 

  Winner Crew Chief Designer Builder Engine
3/2 So-Long Jr. Lou Fageol Arno Apel Ventnor Fageol
7/4 So-Long Jr. Lou Fageol Arno Apel Ventnor Fageol
7/12 Miss Peps V Bob Allinger Arno Apel-Foster Ventnor Allison
8/10 Miss Peps V Bob Allinger Arno Apel-Foster Ventnor Allison
8/24 Miss Peps V Bob Allinger Arno Apel-Foster Ventnor Allison
8/24 Miss Peps V Bob Allinger Arno Apel-Foster Ventnor Allison
8/30 Notre Dame (3) Burt Mackenzie Dan Arena Arena Duesenberg
9/21 Miss Peps V Bob Allinger Arno Apel-Foster Ventnor Allison
9/28 Miss Peps V Bob Allinger Arno Apel-Foster Ventnor Allison

 

  Date Winner Driver
1. March 2 So Long Jr. Lou Fageol
2. June 22 Hermes V George Davis
3. July 4 So Long Jr. Lou Fageol
4. July 6 Yankee Doodle Merlyn Culver
5. July 12 Miss Peps V Danny Foster
6 . August 10 Miss Peps V Danny Foster
7. August 17 U-1 Stan Dollar
8 . August 24 Miss Peps V Danny Foster
9 . August 24 Miss Peps V Danny Foster
10. August 24 Tempo VI Guy Lombardo
11. September 1 Notre Dame (3) Dan Arena
12. September 7 So-Long (4) Lou Fageol
13. September 14 Aljo V Joe Van Blerck
14. September 21 Miss Peps V Danny Foster
15. September 28 Miss Peps V Danny Foster

 

  Built Boat High Points Team Points
1. (1939) Miss Peps V 1350  
2. (1940) Notre Dame (3) 945  
3. (1946) Miss Great Lakes 900  
4. (1938) Tempo VI 530  
5. (1938) Miss Canada III 450  
6. (1938) Dukie 315  
7. (1937) Hot Potato 120 (11-30)
    Nuts & Bolts   ( 9-90)
8. (1936) Trudy 120 (7)
9. (1941) So Long Jr. 100 (8)
10. (1939) Mercury 54  
11. (1942) Miss Cincinnati IV 000  
12. (1941) Hermes V 000  
13. (1938) U-1 000  
14. (1946) Miss Windsor 000  
15. (1947) Let'er Go Gallagher 000  
16. (1946) Lion Bar Special 000  

 

Driver High Points
1. Danny Foster 955
2. Dan Arena 705
3. Guy Lombardo 580
4. Harold Wilson 360
5. Al Fallon 270
6 . Howard Hughes 195
7. Henry Slocum 70
8. Lou Fageol 60
9. Oliver Elam 54
10. George Matucci 45
11. Del Lee 30
12. Bill Hagenmeyer 00
13. Al D'Eath 00
14. George Davis 00
15. Robert Herman 00
16. Stan Dollar 00

 

All of the races (6) that were scheduled for Gold Cup boats in 1946 not only returned in 1947, but were better attended than in the previous year. In addition Detroit, which had lost the Gold Cup to New York, put on two major races - the D.Y.C. Silver Cup and the D.R.R.A. Ford Memorial. Miami also came aboard with the Biscayne Gold Cup to make a nine race circuit for the Gold Cup class. A real circuit had probably never existed before with the closest thing to it being before World War I.

Miss Peps V ex-So Long (Allison) and Miss Canada III (Rolls-Merlin) joined Miss Great Lakes in the World War II aircraft power class. However Great Lakes driver Danny Foster had switched to the Miss Peps V leaving the 1946 President's Cup champion to her inexperienced owner Al Fallon. Pre-war Gold Cuppers Tempo VI and Notre Dame stuck to their original powerplants eschewing the Allisons and Rolls Merlins. Notre Dame had been the premier Gold Cup boat prior to World War II.

Miss Peps V won the rough water Ford Memorial, but did not impress being overshadowed by the Hisso powered Dukie. At the Gold Cup Peps driver Danny Foster used his head as well as his foot to outlast his major competition - Tempo VI, Notre Dame and Miss Great Lakes.

Finally getting good water at Red Bank Peps V toyed with the renown but Miller powered Tempo VI to win the Auerbach Trophy and National Sweepstakes. Peps V had two bad days at the Silver Cup and surprisingly the Duesenberg powered Notre Dame got the better of the Rolls-Merlin Miss Canada III. The Allison powered Miss Great Lakes now driven by Guy Lombardo also proved inferior to the Notre Dame.

Lombardo in the Great Lakes gave Miss Peps V a run for her money in the President's Cup, but suffered mechanical failure giving Peps V the race. Despite her showing in the Silver Cup, Notre Dame could not keep up with the Allison powered entries at Washington, D.C.

Miss Peps V went on to take her sixth victory of the year at New Martinsville against the 7 Litre So Long. Thus of the nine events on the circuit Miss Peps V attended seven and won six. A circuit had been established although Miss Great Lakes and Tempo VI made it to four races with the Notre Dame at three and Miss Canada III one.

Miss Peps V was intended to be named Miss Pepsi to advertise the Dossin Brothers who were bottlers of Pepsi Cola in Detroit. The A.P.B.A. forbad this commercialism although there were such boats as Buffalo Enquirer and Buffalo Courier advertising two newspapers around the time of World War I. This is not to mention Standard and Mercedes which represented engine manufacturers around the turn of the century.

Another trend that emerged in 1947 was the burgeoning hegemony of the three point prop rider. California Kid raised the mile record for 225's by 11 m.p.h. and the competition record by 8 m.p.h. Another prop rider Blue Blazes, a 135, raised the mile record 4 m.p.h. over prop rider Ly-Bee which had advanced the record by 11 m.p.h. over a pre-war boat. However the Blue Blazes went over backwards in one of her runs through the mile.

[Statistics and comments from Greene, V.1]