1952 Marine Derby

Marine Derby Here Attracts 50 Speedboats

Thoroughbreds of the speedboat racing world will compete in the sixth annual Marine Derby on the Ohio River here Sunday, August 3.

At least 50 of the finest boats from the East, Midwest, South and Southwest are expected, it was announced yesterday by Jimmy Noonan. He is vice-commo-dore of the sponsoring Falls Cities Motorboat Racing Association. The regatta is recognized bythe American Powerboat Association.

"We’re expecting a more representative field, geographically, this year than we ever have had,” said Noona.

“Entries already have been received from as far west as Texas, as far south as Louisiana and as far east as New York.

As in past years, the river site of the regatta will be at Arctic Springs Park, one mile east of Jeffersonville on Utica Pike. The races will start at 1 p.m. and are scheduled to wind up at 5 o’clock.

The featured spin will be the 10-mile race over a four and one-half lap Marine Derby Perpetual Trophy course. It’s open to unlimited size and free-for-all craft.

--- July 10, 1952

APBA Will Sanction

The APBA (American Power Boat Association) will sanction the sixth annual Marine Derby at Louisville Sunday, August 3, starting at 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Fall Cities Motor Boat Racing.Association, officials hope to create more interest in boat racing on the Ohio in the Louisville area.

Commodore Wood Axton and Chairman Charles (Soup) Ciconett promise to draw many of the country’s fastest boats, including such world record holders as "Gee Whiz", owned by Sid Street of Kansas City.

Events will have 10 heats for the various classes ranging from the smaller 135 cu. in automotive type engines capable of 90 mph to the largest unlimited types with one or more airplane engines and speed up to 140 mph.

Spectators can view the race from a shaded slope on the Indiana side of the Ohio at Arctic Springs Park, one mile east of Jeffersonville, off Utica Pike.

--- July 23, 1952