1950 Season Summary

Statistics

1 20-May Steel Cup Pittsburgh, Penn.
2 30-May Fite Memorial Ocean City, New Jersey
3 17-Jun Glenn L. Martin Trophy [Middle River Regatta / Wilson Point Men's Club] Essex, Maryland
4 04-Jul Keokuk Yacht Club Free For All Keokuk, Iowa
5 08-Jul Maple Leaf Trophy Windsor, Ontario
6 09-Jul Fox Lake Free For All Fox Lake, Illinois
7 09-Jul Tahoe Yacht Club Free For All Tahoe City, California
8 22-Jul A.P.B.A. Gold Cup Detroit, Michigan
9 29-Jul Henry Ford Memorial Detroit, Michigan
10 06-Aug National Sweepstakes Red Bank, New Jersey
11 06-Aug Red Bank Gold Cup Red Bank, New Jersey
12 12-Aug Cambridge Gold Cup Cambridge, Maryland
12A. 13-Aug Lake Tahoe Championship Lake Tahoe, California
13A. 20-Aug Buffalo Launch Club Regatta Buffalo, New York
13B. 20-Aug Buffalo Launch Club Regatta (Old Timers) Buffalo, New York
14 27-Aug Star Spangled Banner Regatta Baltimore, Maryland
15 September 1-2 British International Trophy [Harmsworth] Detroit, Michigan
16 04-Sep O.J. Mulford Silver Cup Detroit, Michigan
17 09-Sep Ocean City Y.C. Gold Cup Ocean City, New Jersey
18 09-Sep Ocean City Y.C. Free For All Ocean City, New Jersey
19 10-Sep Harwood Trophy New York, New York
20 10-Sep Marine Derby [Calvert Trophy] Louisville, Kentucky
21 17-Sep President's Cup Washington, D.C.
22 24-Sep Imperial Gold Cup New Martinsville, West Virginia
22A. September [?] Oakland County Boat Club Regatta [225-II] Pontiac, Michigan
23 15-Oct Madison Water Carnival Free For All Madison, Indiana
24 November 11-12 A.P.B.A. Unlimited Trophy Las Vegas, Nevada
24A. 20-Nov PMB Trophy Salton Sea, California

 

  Date Winner Driver
1 20-May Such Crust II Dan Arena
2 30-May Dee Jay V George Miller
3 17-Jun Tempo VI Guy Lombardo
4 04-Jul Tops VII Thom Cooper
5 08-Jul My Sweetie Bill Cantrell
6 09-Jul My Darling Andy Marcy
7 09-Jul Hot Metal Max Collins
8 22-Jul Slo-mo-shun IV Ted Jones
9 29-Jul My Sweetie Bill Cantrell/Lou Fageol
10 06-Aug Tempo VI Guy Lombardo
11 06-Aug Tempo VI Guy Lombardo
12 12-Aug Aljo Joe Van Blerck
12A. 13-Aug Hornet II ?
13A. 20-Aug Tempo VI Guy Lombardo
13B. 20-Aug Sister Syn Bob Petz
14 27-Aug Tempo VI Guy Lombardo
15 September 1-2 Slo-mo-shun IV Lou Fageol
16 04-Sep Such Crust I Danny Foster
17 09-Sep Dee Jay V George Miller
18 09-Sep Jennie Lee II Dick Lovett
19 10-Sep Etta George Sarant
20 10-Sep My Darling Andy Marcy
21 17-Sep Miss Pepsi (2) Chuck Thompson
22 24-Sep Delphine X Danny Foster
22A. September [?] Mi Son Bill Muncey
23 15-Oct My Darling Andy Marcy
24 November 11-12 My Sweetie Bill Cantrell/Horace Dodge
24A. 20-Nov Ranger II [225] Kenny Ingram

 

  Driver High Points  
1 Bill Cantrell 995
2 Guy Lombardo 705
3 Dan Arena 640
4 Danny Foster 635
5 Chuck Thompson 525
6 Ted Jones 465
7 Lou Fageol 445
8 George Sarant 293
9 Norm Lauterbach 175
10 Lee Schoenith 160
11 Andy Marcy 150
12 Horace Dodge III 105
13 Glenn Helmka 90
14 George Miller 86
15 Gene Arena 70
16 Al D'Eath 45
17 Bob Petz 30
18 Harold Wilson 20
19 Ernest Chase 10
20 Horace Dodge 0
21 Bill Muncey 0
22 Charles Klein 0
23 Jim Webster 0
24 Owen Cummings 0
25 Paul Marcy 0
26 Max Collins 0

 

  Built Boat High Points  
1 1948 My Sweetie 1605
2 1950 Slo-mo-shun IV 1290
3 1938 Tempo VI 1290
4 1949 Such Crust II 980
5 1948 Such Crust I 945
6 1950 Miss Pepsi (2) 715
7 1940 Gale 375
8 1950 My Darling 330
9 1949 Etta 318
10 1950 Dee Jay V 281
11 1949 Delphine X 245
12 1948 Astraea II 135
13 1946 Miss Great Lakes 90
14 1949 Miss Canada IV 80
15 1933? Pep VI 80
16 1927 Sister Syn 30
17 1939 Chaz 0
18 1949 Hot Metal 0
19 1949 Ollie's Folly 0
20 1949 Fickle Eye 0
21 1949 Miss Kay 0

 

1950

The motorboat racing world was electrified on June 26, 1950 when an unknown boat, owner., designer and driver raised the world water speed record by 19 m.p.h. Slo-mo-shun IV designed by Ted Jones and owned and driven by Stanley Sayres had gone 160 m.p.h. through the mile trap. The previous record for raising the mile standard was 12 m.p.h. by Miss America VII.

The reason for this record breaking accomplishment was the effective utilization of the prop riding approach to speed on water. Through various prop riders the 225 mile record had been elevated by 15 m.p.h., the 266 mark by 11 m.p.h. and the 135 standard by 21 m.p.h. However in equivalent competition records, the prop riding 135's, 225's and 266's had not been as impressive although clearly superior to the non prop riders. Attempts at prop riders in the Gold Cup/Unlimited class had not been successful. Such Crust II could not get over 100 m.p.h. on the straightaway and Hurricane IV 126 m.p.h. - the same as the tail dragging Such Crust I.

Since Skip-a-Long was residing on the bottom of Lake Tahoe, My Sweetie stood alone at the top of the motorboat racing world heading into 1950. Such Crust I just couldn't take her on a 2½ or 3 mile course - the 7 nautical mile course that Such Crust I had excelled on in 1949 had been reduced to 5 nautical miles for the 1950 renewal of the Harmsworth Trophy.

In 1950 qualifying was required for all events. Weeding out inferior boats had worked in the Gold Cup and now it had been adopted for the Gold Cup/Unlimited class

preceding the 1950 Gold Cup, Detroiters tried to comfort themselves that Slo-mo-shun IV was just a straightaway boat, but after the IV qualified within 3 m.p.h. of My Sweetie, they could only hope that an unproven competition boat and a rookie driver and crew could not get the job done. Disconcerting was a pre-race Detroit Times headline - SLO-MO-SHUN CUP FAVORITE. Perhaps the TIMES remembered 1931 when Miss England II clearly defeated Gar Wood's Miss America X under similar circumstances.

My Sweetie began the season by sweeping the Maple Leaf Trophy against a redesigned and erratic Such Crust I. Still the Crust had some credibility for the Gold Cup as it was now driven by the first post war driving superstar Danny Foster who had won his last two Gold Cups. Unfortunately for Detroit Sweetie star driver Bill Cantrell had been injured while piloting Delphine X in a pre-race test. Cantrell was sore, but was determined to drive in the Gold Cup.

In the first heat Slo-mo-shun IV got off to an early lead and improved it to the point that she lapped My Sweetie. Driver Cantrell had to be lifted from the cockpit and was replaced for the second heat by Lou Fageol.

Sweetie beat Slo-mo IV to the start of heat two and was never headed until the ninth lap when she went dead in the water giving the heat to the Stan Sayres entry. Slo-mo-shun IV cruised in the final heat to take the trophy. Such Crust I could not complete a heat.

However My Sweetie's fastest lap was 86 m.p.h. to the Slo-mo's 83 m.p.h. Mitigating to some extent were the facts that Slo-mo IV was not allowed to run a trim tab and had a rather shallow skid fin--not to mention needing some beefing up to run in competition. These factors effected the IV's performance both on the turns as well as the straightaways.

My Sweetie asserted herself the next weekend in the Ford Memorial by sweeping the competition which included Such Crust I. Slo-mo-shun IV did not participate being held out for the Harmsworth Trophy in September. Detroiters perceived this as the first shot in what was to become the Seattle-Detroit rivalry. Previous to this there had been a Detroit-New York rivalry.

Between the Memorial and the Harmsworth the My Sweetie was changed - probably an admission that she was inferior to the Slo-mo. Also the new Miss Pepsi, which had failed to qualify for the Gold Cup, was turning in some impressive test runs.

Pepsi was a twin engined version of the My Sweetie by designer John Hacker. Pepsi owners the Dossin Brothers had nearly swept the 1947 season so Detroiters were cheered by the selection of a Hacker hull. However prior to the Sweetie, Hacker's last roaring success was the Oregon Kid in 1914.

Nine boats made., runs for the three boat team that was to take on the Miss Canada IV in the Harmsworth Trophy. Slo-mo-shun IV topped the qualifiers at 96.7 m.p.h. Pepsi was next at 96.5, but was not selected for the team since the committee decided she had a capacity to lose oil. Ironically Miss Pepsi had made test runs that were timed officially at over 100 m.p.h. - 107 early in the week and 103 on race day morning.

Like 1949 Miss Canada IV was held out of competition before the Harmsworth Trophy. She could not rest on her 12 m.p.h. advantage over the American boats at the end of 1949 since Slo-mo IV had beaten her record by 22 m.p.h. Nevertheless smoke from the Maple Leaf country hinted that Canada IV had unofficially shown a speed between 155 and 165 m.p.h. on the mile straightaway.

In the first heat Slo-mo-shun IV mopped the floor with My Sweetie, Such Crust II and her foreign challenger Miss Canada IV. Canada IV withdrew before the second heat, but Slo-mo IV went on to record the first official 100 m.p.h. heat average to win the second heat and the Harmsworth Trophy. In lap times she had 15 m.p.h. on her nearest competition.

Slo-mo IV did not run for cover after this record breaking performance, but entered the Silver Cup against the highly touted Miss Pepsi. Slo-mo-shun IV trounced the Pepsi in the first heat turning a lap at 106 m.p.h. Unfortunately thereafter the Stan Sayres entry had to withdraw for the day due to shaft bearing problems.

From this point on Miss Pepsi had her own way for the balance of the five heats as she had 7 m.p.h. on the field -- she had turned a lap of 107 m.p.h. to exceed the Slo-mo by one m.p.h. However Miss Pepsi was disqualified in the second heat for missing a buoy giving the race to Such Crust I the next fastest entry at the time posting a lap at 100 m.p.h.

Such Crust II had nearly taken second place in the final heat from his sister Such Crust I - she failed by 2½ seconds. If this would have happened Miss Pepsi would have won the race.

Slo-mo-shun IV went home after the Silver Cup and Miss Pepsi swept all three heats of the President's Cup - her closest competition could not come within 6 m.p.h. During the regatta Pepsi turned a 2½ mile lap at 95.0 m.p.h.

The A.P.B.A. held their convention in early November at Las Vegas. An Unlimited race was scheduled in conjunction with the convention. Slo-mo-shun IV came down from Seattle. My Sweetie and Such Crust II now powered by a Rolls Merlin engine - adding 800 horsepower - came out from Detroit. My Sweetie had been altered by Bill Cantrell hoping to bring her out of a three race slump. In spite of this Slo-mo-shun IV figured to win.

Such Crust II stayed with Slo-mo-shun IV for half a lap in heat one, but then expired. Slo-mo went on to win the heat leading a rejuvenated My Sweetie over the finish line by only 200 yards. In the second heat Slo-mo again got out in front, but then sheared a propeller shaft giving the heat to My Sweetie.

Thereafter on the second day of the regatta two limiteds challenged My Sweetie. With little competition My Sweetie swept the final two heats to take the race.

Slo-mo-shun IV set the mile record, won the Gold Cup and then the Harmsworth Trophy. This had happened only twice before in the history of motorboat racing -- 1908 with Dixie II and 1920 with Miss America.

Nevertheless Miss Pepsi had turned the fastest 5 nautical mile lap at 107.654 m.p.h. and the fastest 2½ mile lap at 95.038 m.p.h. Slo-mos' marks for these distances were 106.175 for 5 nautical miles and 91.463 for 2½ miles. On a long course Pepsi had 1-1/2 m.p.h. on Slo-mo and on a 2½ mile course which favored the turning ability of Miss Pepsi it was 4-1/2 m.p.h. Slo-mo would be under the gun to defend her laurels in 1951.

[Statistics and comments from Greene, V.1]