1951 Maple Leaf Trophy

Miss Pepsi Sweeps Trophy Race Heats

Finishes First at Detroit as Other 3 Craft Have Trouble in Maple Leaf Regatta

DETROIT, June 30 [1951] (AP) — The International Maple Leaf Trophy race on the Detroit River turned out to be a one-boat show today as Miss Pepsi won all three heats.

An assortment of troubles beset the the other three craft--Gale, Gold'n Crust and Such Crust I.

The celebrated Why Worry never even got into the race. Its rudder snapped as Bill Cantrell gave it a trial run after he had sent it 140 miles an hour on a straight-away course.

Miss Pepsi, owned by Walter and Roy Dossin of Detroit and driven by Chuck Thompson, averaged 64.459 mph on its three fifteen-mile heats. The first lap average was 76.641.

Gale broke a fuel line in the first heat and had to withdraw. It finished third in the final two heats.

A stack blew off Gold'n Crust, driven by Roy Duby, in the first heat but it still finished second in both the first two heats. Such Crust I, after finishing third in the first heat, blew a rod in the second and was done for the day.

In the competition for smaller 48-cubic-inch boats, Spasmodic Suzy, owned and driven by Don McDonald of Toronto, caught fire. McDonald dove into the river unhurt as two pleasure craft ran down his boat and doused the flames.

(Associated Press, June 30, 1951)