1956 Governor's Cup

Statistics

October 6-7 3 Mile Course
Ohio River 15 Mile Heats
Madison, Indiana 45 Mile Race

 

  No. Entry Owner Comp. Lap Race
1 U-2 Miss U.S. I George Simon 106.@@@ 86.821
2 U-20 Miss U.S. II George Simon
3 U-14 Dora My Sweetie Horace Dodge 82.217
4 U-23 Wha Hoppen Too Chester Bourne 81.723
5 U-50 Miss Wayne Bud Saile 83.868
6 U-100 What-A-Pickle Gordon Deneau 74.675

 

  Heat One Driver Points Speed
1 Miss Wayne Bud Saile 400 82.405
2 Miss U.S. I Fred Alter 300 82.054
3 Dora My Sweetie Joe "Doc" Terry. 225 79.4
4 Wha Hoppen Too Marv Henrich 169 76.563
5 What-A-Pickle Gordon Deneau 127 75.938
  Heat Two Driver Points Speed
1 Miss U.S. I Fred Alter 400 89.064
2 Wha Hoppen Too Marv Henrich 300 86.538
3 Dora My Sweetie Joe "Doc" Terry 225 83.694
4 Miss Wayne Jack Bartlow 169 83.051
5 What-A-Pickle Lee Schoenith 127 82.53
  Heat Three Driver Points Speed
1 Miss U.S. I Fred Alter 400 89.77
2 Miss Wayne Bud Saile 300 86.248
3 Dora My Sweetie Joe "Doc" Terry 225 83.707
4 Wha Hoppen Too Marv Henrich 169 82.695
5 What-A-Pickle Gordon Deneau 127 67.164

 

  Recapitulation Heat 1 Heat 2 Cum Heat 3 Total
1 Miss U.S. I 300 400 700 400 1100
2 Miss Wayne 400 169 569 300 869
3 Dora My Sweetie 225 225 450 225 675
4 Wha Hoppen Too 169 300 469 169 638
5 What-A-Pickle 127 127 254 127 381

 

Miss U.S. II was in the pits and fortunately Shanty I was not. If the U.S. II could have scored some substantial points she would have closed the gap significantly between herself and Shanty - she was down 325 points. Thus she could have gone into the final race at Las Vegas with a real chance at the Championship. Miss U.S. II was a very competitive boat on smooth water, but only an average boat when the going got rough. U.S.II could not be repaired from her sponson damage at Washington so her sister Miss U.S. I went to Las Vegas instead.

Miss U.S. I probably did a lap of 106 m.p.h. at Madison. This was a little better than she was able to manage in 1955 and commensurate with the lap she turned at Las Vegas. Nevertheless it is hard to imagine her turning a lap 17 m.p.h. faster than her heat speed especially given the level of competition.

 

[Statistics and comments from Greene, V.1]