1955 Detroit (Ford) Memorial

Statistics

June 25 3 Mile Course
Detroit River 15 Mile Heats
Detroit, Michigan 45 Mile Race

 

  No. Entry Owner Comp. Lap Race
1. U-2 Miss U.S. George Simon 91.119
2. U-3 My Sweetie (2) Horace Dodge
3. U-14 Dora My Sweetie Horace Dodge
4. U-17 John Francis My Sweetie Horace Dodge
5. U-5 Miss Detroit (2) Bill Stroh
6. U-6 Short Circuit Chuck Thompson
7. U-23 Wha Hoppen Too Chuck Doran 76.253
8. U-45 Miss Cadillac Bud Saile
9. U-54 Gale IV Joe Schoenith 92.271
10. U-55 Gale V Joe Schoenith 99.521 90.817
11. G-13 Tempo VII Guy Lombardo 70.900
12. G-22 Such Crust III (2) Jack Schafer 82.460
13. CA-1 Miss Supertest II Gordon Thompson

 

  Heat One Driver Points Speed
1. Gale IV Bill Cantrell 400 93.729
2. Miss U.S. George Simon 300 91.717
3. Gale V Lee Schoenith 225 86.979
4. Such Crust III Walt Kade 169 84.674
5. Tempo VII Danny Foster 127 84.168
6. Short Circuit Chuck Thompson 95 79.666
7. Wha Hoppen Too Marv Henrich 71 74.623
8. My Sweetie John Ban DNF
9. Miss Supertest II Bill Braden DNF
10. Miss Cadillac Bud Saile DNF
  Heat Two Driver Points Speed
1. Gale IV Bill Cantrell 400 92.028
2. Gale V Lee Schoenith 300 89.281
3. Miss U.S. George Simon 225 89.255
4. Such Crust III Walt Kade 169 80.194
5. Wha Hoppen Too Marv Henrich 127 77.781
6. Tempo VII Danny Foster 95 52.750
  Heat Three Driver Points Speed
1. Gale V Lee Schoenith 400 96.738
2. Miss U.S. George Simon 300 92.450
3. Gale IV Bill Cantrell 225 91.099
4. Tempo VII Danny Foster 169 87.160
5. Such Crust III Walt Kade 127 82.632
6. Wha Hoppen Too Marv Henrich 95 76.427

 

  Recapitulation Heat 1 Heat 2 Cum. Heat 3 Total
1. Gale IV 400 400 800 225 1025
2. Gale V 225 300 525 400 925
3. Miss U.S. 300 225 525 300 925
4. Such Crust III 169 169 338 127 465
5. Tempo VII 127 95 222 169 391
6. Wha Hoppen Too 71 127 198 95 293
7. Short Circuit 95 DNS 95 DNS 95
8. My Sweetie DNF DNS 000 DNS 000
9. Miss Supertest II DNF DNS 000 DNS 000
10. Miss Cadillac DNF DNS 000 DNS 000

 

10 boats were allowed to start the first heat with disastrous consequences. My Sweetie, a small boat, went out of control and collided with Tempo VII locking sponsons with the Guy Lombardo entry and throwing her driver John Ban out. The driverless Sweetie next headed for Miss Cadillac that swerved to avoid the U-3, but collided with the Miss Supertest II. As a result three boats were put out of the race before the first turn. 10 boats had started on the Detroit River in 1949, but they were not Ted Jones style boats complete with rooster-tail. In 1956 in the Silver Cup a ten boat field was split into sections.

[Statistics from Greene, V.1]