1955 Copper Cup

Statistics

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14-Aug 2½ Mile Course?
Flathead Lake 7-1/2-12½ Mile Heats
Polson, Montana 27-1/2 Mile Race

 

  No. Entry Owner Comp. Lap Race
1 U-2 Miss U.S. [1] George Simon
2 U-45 Miss Cadillac Bud Saile
3 U-55 Gale V [1] Joe Schoenith
4 G-13 Tempo VII Guy Lombardo

 

  Heat One -- 7-1/2 Miles Driver Points Speed
1 Tempo VII Danny Foster 400
2 Gale V Joe "Doc" Terry 300
3 Miss U.S. Jack Bartlow 225
4 Miss Cadillac Bud Saile 169
  Heat Two -- 7-1/2 Miles Driver Points Speed
1 Tempo VII Danny Foster 400
2 Miss Cadillac Bud Saile 300
3 Gale V Joe "Doc" Terry 225
4 Miss U.S. Jack Bartlow 169
  Heat Three -- 12½ Miles Driver Points Speed
1 Tempo VII Danny Foster 400
2 Miss Cadillac Bud Saile 300
3 Gale V Joe "Doc": Terry 225

 

  Recapitulation Heat 1 Heat 2 Cum. Heat 3 Total
1 Tempo VII 400 400 800 400 1200
2 Miss Cadillac 169 300 469 300 769
3 Gale V 300 225 525 225 750
4 Miss U.S. 225 169 394 DNS 394

 

(The race was most probably an exhibition. It was part of an outboard regatta that was sanctioned by the A.P.B.A. The race was won by Tempo which was not hard to imagine as she won the next four regattas in which she participated. However her main competition should have come from Gale V [1] which was driven by Doc Terry rather than Lee Schoenith. Terry was a Gale crew member who had driven Miss Wayne [1] in 1953 and My Sweetie [2] in 1954. He was a poor replacement for Lee Schoenith who had won five races and was coming off his greatest "victory" in the Gold Cup. Miss U.S. [1] was driven by her crew chief Jack Bartlow rather than her regular driver George Simon. Bartlow had won the 1954 Silver Cup and had driven Dora My Sweetie very competitively that year. Thus he was probably an improvement over Simon. There was no indication in the newspapers covering the event of an exhibition.

Given the 1955 season in its entirety, it is hard to imagine Miss Cadillac defeating Gale V twice and Miss U.S. once. Thus with Terry at the wheel and the results obtained it certainly would appear that the Gale camp was in an exhibition mentality. However the other contenders appear to have given it their best shot.

The race was run around inner tube buoys. The normal distance for a three heat race was 45 miles rather than 27. The race did not count in the High Point Standings.)


[Statistics and comments from Greene,Vol. 1]