1957 Presidents Cup

Hydros on Potomac for Presidents Cup

1957 Presidents Cup Programme Cover
1957 Presidents Cup Programme Cover

WASHINGTON. Sept. 18. (AP) - Nine big speedboats, the vanguard of the President’s Cup fleet, underwent mechanical checkups today in advance of their first test runs on Potomac River.

The nine unlimited hydroplanes here for the 26th President's cup regatta this Saturday and Sunday included the entire West Coast contingent.

Still missing were Detroit's entries, but they were expected to pull in by trailer within the next 36 hours to renew their ancient vendetta with the Seattle racers.

Willard Rhodes' Miss Thriftway, 1956 President's cup victor, and a sister hydro, [Miss (sic)] Thriftway Too, reached the capital almost two weeks ago. They came from Detroit, where Bill Muncey drove Miss Thriftway to second in the Silver Cup regatta.

Muncey and Thrifty had previously teamed in Seattle for their second straight Gold Cup triumph. The three-year-old Thrifty now leads in the season's high point competition for unlimited hydros.

Silver Champ There

Hawaii Kai III, driven by Jack Regas to a record-breaking Silver Cup victory, is another of the Seattle boats already on the scene. Lawrence (Mike) Welsch heads the Seattle group now operating Hawaii Kai.

Early arrivals also included Miss Wahoo, owned by William E. Boeing Jr., Seattle; Maverick and Shanty Is William T. Waggoner, Phoenix and Seattle; Breathless II, J. Philip Murphy, Piedmont, Calif.; Miss Supertest [II], J. Gordon Thompson, London, Ont., and My Darling, A S. Marcy, Lake Springfield, Ill.

Crews worked over the craft in hangars at Anacostia Naval Air Station.

--- Associated Pres, September 18, 1957