1952 Season Summary
|1||17-Feb||Biscayne [Pohl] Miami Gold Cup||Miami, Florida|
|2||07-Jun||Steel Cup||Pittsburgh, Penn|
|3||28-Jun||Maple Leaf Trophy||Windsor, Ontario,|
|4||04-Jul||Henry Ford Memorial||Detroit, Michigan|
|5||13-Jul||Tahoe Yacht Club Gold Cup||Tahoe City, California|
|6||02-Aug||Cambridge Gold Cup||Cambridge, Maryland|
|7||09-Aug||APBA Gold Cup||Seattle, Washington|
|7A.||10-Aug||Seafair Trophy Race||Seattle, Washington|
|7B.||16-Aug||Buffalo Launch Club Regatta (no Unlimiteds or Gold Cup Boats)||Buffalo, New York|
|8||17-Aug||Coast Guard Gold Cup||Tahoe City, California|
|9||01-Sep||O.J. Mulford Silver Cup||Detroit, Michigan|
|10||07-Sep||Harwood Trophy||New York, New York|
|11||14-Sep||National Sweepstakes||Red Bank, New Jersey|
|12||14-Sep||Red Bank Gold Cup||Red Bank, New Jersey|
|13||21-Sep||Presidents Cup||Washington, D.C.|
|14||28-Sep||Imperial Gold Cup||New Martinsville, W.Va.|
|15||12-Oct||Indiana Governor's Cup||Madison, Indiana|
|1||17-Feb||Miss Great Lakes II||Dan Arena|
|2||07-Jun||Such Crust IV||Bill Cantrell|
|3||28-Jun||Miss Pepsi (2)||Chuck Thompson|
|4||04-Jul||Miss Pepsi (2)||Chuck Thompson|
|5||13-Jul||Short Snorter||Stan Dollar|
|6||02-Aug||Wee Tommy Tucker||Ed Aleksandrowicz|
|7||09-Aug||Slo-mo-shun IV||Stan Dollar|
|7B.||16-Aug||Nitrogen [Class F runabout]||Howard Hibbert|
|8||17-Aug||Short Snorter||Stan Dollar|
|9||01-Sep||Gale II||Danny Foster|
|10||07-Sep||Davy Jones||Bill Leiber|
|11||14-Sep||You All||Bob Rowland|
|12||14-Sep||You All||Bob Rowland|
|13||21-Sep||Miss Pepsi (2)||Chuck Thompson|
|14||28-Sep||Dee Jay V||Norm Lauterbach|
|15||12-Oct||Wildcatter||B.G. Bartley Jr.|
|Built||Boat High Points|
|1||1950||Miss Pepsi (2)||945|
|4||1952||Such Crust IV||450|
|6||1952||Miss Great Lakes II||420|
|8||1952||Such Crust III||300|
|9||1951||My Sweetie (2)||240|
|10||1950||Dee Jay V||40|
|13||1948||Fleur Du Lac||6|
|18||1952||Little Miss Judy||0|
|20||1939||It's A Wonder||0|
|Driver High Points|
|2/17||Miss Great Lakes II||Al Fallon||Dan Arena||Dan Arena||Allison|
|6/7||Such Crust IV||Bill Cantrell||Les Staudacher||Les Staudacher||Allison|
|6/28||Miss Pepsi (2)||Chuck Thompson||John Hacker||Les Staudacher||Allison|
|7/4||Miss Pepsi (2)||Chuck Thompson||John Hacker||Les Staudacher||Allison|
|8/9||Slo-mo-shun IV||Mike Welsch||Ted Jones||Anchor Jensen||Allison|
|9/1||Gale II||Lyle Ritchie||Dan Arena||Dan Arena||Allison|
|9/13-14||You All||Bob Rowland||Henry Lauterbach||Henry Lauterbach||Ford|
|9/13-14||You All||Bob Rowland||Henry Lauterbach||Henry Lauterbach||Ford|
|9/20-21||Miss Pepsi (2)||Chuck Thompson||John Hacker||Les Staudacher||Allison|
|9/28||Dee Jay V||Norm Lauterbach||Arno Apel||Ventnor||Allison|
A few months prior to the season a bombshell hit Seattle.
Ted Jones who designed the Slo-mo-shuns and was responsible for recruiting a good part of its crew left Sayres to pursue a career with the Kiekhaefer Corporation. Jones bettered himself financially at a time that there was no prospect of designing and building boats under the aegis of Sayres for other owners.
Against this background Jack Schafer of Detroit brought out two new boats. Both were prop riders. Such Crust III was a twin engine job.designed by Schafer. Driver Bill Cantrell followed his Hornet design with the single engine Such Crust IV. Hornet was not scheduled to be the Dodge camps #1 entry for 1952 with the little 26 foot My Sweetie being shoved to the forefront.
Before the Gold Cup, Miss Pepsi again captured her initial two regattas of the season. However the new Miss Great Lakes II gave her more trouble than her opponents on the eastern circuit in 1951
In the race week qualifying period Such Crust IV turned in some impressive test laps at 100 m.p.h. with Miss Pepsi showing 104 and Slo-mo-shun V 103 as in 1951. Hurricane IV also did 101 m.p.h.
As a result there was no contender that was completely out of the picture as a potential winner although Slo-mo-shun IV's best lap was 94 m.p.h. Miss Great Lakes II reportedly did 105 m.p.h.
Both Slo-mo-shun IV and Slo-mo-shun V's hulls had been modified over the winter and both conked out in the first heat. Slo-mo-shun V led Miss Pepsi for the first four laps as in 1951, but this time she froze up her engine in lap 6 as a result of too much time out of the water to get adequate cooling. Miss Pepsi went on to record 101 m.p.h. for the 30 miles. - 15 m.p.h. ahead of second place Hurricane IV. Such Crust IV who was breaking in a new engine finished third. Back in the pack Miss Great Lakes II and Slo-mo-shun IV dropped out in the second and fourth lap respectively.
Miss Great Lakes II and Slo-mo-shun V were out for good, but Slo-mo-shun IV came out for heat two with Slo-mo-shun V's propeller.
Miss Pepsi got off in front and led down the first backstretch closely followed by Slo-mo-shun IV. Such Crust IV caught fire in the first turn and being significantly charred was out for the day. Then Miss Pepsi blew her gear box in the second turn leaving only Slo-mo-shun IV on the race course. Hurricane IV joined her in due course, but was disqualified for making her start more than five minutes after the gun. Slo-mo-shun IV went on to secure 400 points and had a good chance to win the race since Hurricane IV was the only boat ready to run for the final.
Fortunately for Seattle Hurricane IV did not receive any points for the second heat for if she had she would have led the race with 600 points.and would only have had to finish the final heat to take the race on heat points not to mention the fastest race bonus. As it was the winner of the final heat would win the race since Hurricane IV had run 10 m.p.h. faster in the first heat than Slo-mo IV in the second heat. If neither boat finished Miss Pepsi would win the race by virtue of her record breaking performance in heat one.
Slo-mo-shun IV jumped out in front in heat three and led Hurricane by a couple hundred yards heading into lap 2. The Hurricane IV closed up the gap in lap 2, but the pace became too much for her and she dropped out in lap 3. Slo-mo-shun IV was alone again and went on to take the heat and the race having spent 16 of the 30 laps in solo splendor.
Stan Sayres had planned to go east with one of his boats, but had to bow out due to illness. Miss Pepsi was also out of the Silver Cup since her gear box could not readied in time.so the boating fraternity was going to find out who would win if neither Sayres or the Dossins showed up with an entry.
A leading candidate was eliminated in her first Silver Cup lap when Miss Great Lakes II went dead in the water. Hornet-Crust driven by Slo-mo pilot Lou Fageol beat out Gale II driven by Danny Foster to win the first heat. The new Such Crust III started late and was disqualified .
Hornet-Crust was out for the day with mechanical failure along with Miss Great Lakes II leaving the field to Gale II who went on to take the next two heats. When the race was called due to inclement weather, Gale II was awarded the Silver Cup.
The new Such Crust III had been a difficult boat from her launch in February and was not taken to Seattle. She cracked up in pre-race testing sending driver Roy Duby to the hospital with a broken neck.
Walt Kade replaced Duby, but the Crust III did not perform either at Detroit or later in September at Washington, D.C.
Miss Pepsi came back to the hydro wars and won her third consecutive Presidents Cup. Gale II and Miss Great Lakes had a battle among themselves, but could not touch the Pepsi.
Slo-mo-shun IV raised the mile record by 18 m.p.h. due to her new more powerful Allison engine and won the Gold Cup albeit by "backing in". Miss Pepsi won three of her five races and again had the fastest lap of the year at 103.927 m.p.h. to Slo-mo V's 102.837. Yet by virtue of her twin accomplishment Slo-mo-shun IV had to be the boat of the year even though her best lap was 96.840 m.p.h. about as fast as she was in 1950 and 1951.
[Statistics from Greene, V.1]