1951 Harwood Trophy Race
Lombardo, Sarant To Compete Again
Speed Boat Drivers Set for Around Manhattan Island Event Next Sunday
By Clarence E. Lovejoy
Rain or shine, rough or smooth, windy or calm, come low or high water, New York will see quite a speed boat race next Sunday. This will he the annual Harwood Trophy event for inboard daredevils who will circumnavigate Manhattan Island.
The fleet will start at 2:30 o'clock off West Seventy-second Street, tear downstream around the Battery, go up the East River, through the Harlem River to Spuyten Duyvil and back down to Seventy-second Street. The distance is 30 statute miles and the winner will negotiate it in about a half hour unless handicapped by weather conditions.
The American Inboard Association, handling the race, averred yesterday that Guy Lombardo would drive his unlimited hydroplane, Tempo VI, which won him the Red Bank sweepstakes early in August. Lombardo has gained many honors but never the Harwood Trophy, He has competed twice, finishing second in his own craft in 1949 and fourth last September when he piloted Horace E. Dodge's Delphine X.
George Sarant, a Freeport (L. I.) townsman of Lombardo, is expected to compete but perhaps not with the Etta, a former winner. Sarant, amid great secrecy, has been rushing work with day and night shifts on a new speed boat creation of radical design and it may be ready for next Sunday.
It is somewhat of a catamaran with twin hulls and it is believed an Allison motor is suspended between the two and that the driver's cockpit is in a blister or bubble, in the manner of some aircraft bombers such as the B-17's or Flying Fortresses, and forward of the engine.
[Reprinted from the New York Times, September 2, 1951]