1952 National Sweepstakes

Large Regatta Field Expected

Red Bank — Reports from all committees of the National Sweepstakes Regatta Association were given at a meeting in the Molly Pitcher Hotel last night.

It was announced that the field of entries for the motorboat races Sept. 13 and 14 is one of the largest in the more than 20 years the event has been held. In addition to the acknowledged speedboat champion, Slo-Mo-Shun, an entry has been received from Dossin Brothers, Detroit, for their boat. Miss Pepsi, which is expected to duel with Slo-Mo-Shun in the national sweepstakes race.

Another innovation this year will be the awarding of certificates to the three “best dressed" yachts anchored in the Navesink River to watch the races. Rolston Waterbury is chairman of the committee.

Another announcement dealt with the prizes to be offered the winning drivers. Members of the prize committee said the awards this year are the best in the history of the speedboat classic.

Thomas Fields, member of the regatta association, will be interviewed today by Peggy Curtis on her daily program over WJLK at 12:30 P.M.

--- September 3, 1952

Great Field For Sweepstake Race

Many Entries In For Red Bank Regatta On Sept. 13-14

The greatest field of unlimited racing craft will start in this year’s National Sweepstakes Race since its start in 1930. according to Commodore Joseph C. Irwin and Vice Commodore Thomas S. Field jr.. chairman of the race committee. The 20th Annual Regatta is being held at Red Bank, on Sept. 13 and 14.

Internationally famous boats and drivers already entered include “Slo-Mo-Shun” sister Gold Cup class boat of “Slo Mo IV" which broke the world mark of 178 m p.h by its owner Stanley Sayres of Seattle, Wash., and won the Gold Cup on Aug. 10.

Etta” owned and driven by George Sarant of Freeport. L. I. has tried in the Sweepstakes Trophy several times but has never quite made the grade.

Miss Pepsi” owned by the Dossin Brothers. Roy and Walter of Detroit, of Pepsi Cola fame, will be on hand according to a telephone call from Roy received by Commodore Irwin a couple of days ago.

Dee Jay” owned and to be driven by Daniel Murphy of Philadelphia, Pa. This boat also has competed in former sweepstakes races.

Aljo VI” owned and driven by Joe Van Blerck of Freeport L.I.. and formerly of the Red Bank area is expected as well as Horace Dodge’s “Hornet”, although formal entries have not been received.

In addition at least three of the fast seven litre boats have sent their entry blanks. These engines are 427 cubic inch (about 25 larger than a Cadillac or Lincoln motor). . These include the “Bon Voyage” owned by Gene Marentette, of Detroit, Mich.. “Rough Neck” owned by Burnett A Bartley and “Wildcatter” owned by his son Bartley jr. of Pittsburgh and Columbus, O., respectively. The record in the seven litre boats is 98 361 m p.h.

Also entered In the Sweepstakes race itself will be several of the new 266 cubic Inch class powered by Mercury motor converted to marine use. The record of these boats is 120 m p.h. Among those already entered are Sid Street of Kansas City and "You all" owned by Bob Rowland of Norfolk, Va and “Barracuda” owned by Lou Butler, of Zanesville, O.: "Wee Tommy Tucker" owned by Ed A Aleksandrowicz; “Costa Lotta" own by Art Hatch of Hamilton, Ont Included in the two day Regatta this year are the Northeast Divisional outboard Championships ahd the National Championships by the 135 cu. inch class. The record for this latter class is 97.494 mph.

--- September 4, 1952