1956 Governor's Cup

Ohioan Wins Two Boat Regatta Events

Madison, Ind. (AP) — Dean Chenoworth of Xenia, Ohio, captured two events in the inboard section of the Madison Motor Boat Regatta Sunday.

The regatta will conclude at the one-mile Ohio River course next weekend with inboard competition including unlimited hydroplanes competing for the Governor's Cup before an expected 75,000.

Although Chenoweth won the C Stock Hydro and A Utility classes, he failed to place in the event in which he is national champion, the A Stock Hydro.

Only national champion to win his specialty was John Jackson of Cincinnati in D Utility Class.

— October 1, 1956

Miss U.S. II Set In Madison Run

Madison, Ind., Oct. 2. — The nation’s leading unlimited hydroplane, Miss U.S. II, heads a field of six boats for the Madison Regatta this weekend.

Miss U.S. II, winner of the Silver Cup at Detroit earlier this year, can clinch the national unlimited hydroplane championship by finishing second in the Governor’s Trophy race on the Ohio River Saturday and Sunday. However, owner George Simon of Detroit and driver Don Wilson are shooting for first place at Madison.

The field for the Governor’s Trophy race was completed late tonight when Simon notified Madison Regatta officials that he expects to have the Miss U.S. II in shape for this weekend’s big spins. The big boat, after taking a battering in the Presidents Cup race at Washington, D.C., is being repaired at Norfolk, Va.

Miss U.S. II leads the unlimited hydroplanes point standings with 925 points while the nearest competitor, Shanty I, has 300. Only one race — the Sahara Cup at Las Vegas — remains which can affect the standings following the Madison Regatta and even if Shanty should win it Las Vegas, Miss U.S. II can clinch the top spot with a second here.

In addition to Miss U.S. II, Madison entries include another Simon-owned boat, Miss U.S. I; Miss Wayne, My Sweetie Dora, What A Pickle! and Wha Hoppen Too, a new boat making her first start [incorrect! -- it started out as Gale II in 1951],

The first heat of the featured Governor’s Trophy race will be run off Saturday with the final two heats Sunday. Starting time both days is 12 noon (C.D.T.).

— October 2, 1956

Miss U.S. II To Be Ready For Race

Madison, Ind., Oct. 3 (AP)—Madison regatta officials had word today that George Simon’s Miss U.S. II will be repaired in time to try to clinch the National Unlimited boat racing championship here this week end.

Miss U.S. II, scheduled to run for the last time this season in the Governor’s cup race here, was damaged heavily two weeks ago in the Presidents cup race at Washington.

Point Leaders

Miss U.S. II is leading the Gold Cup class standings with 925 points for the season and can clinch the title with a first or second here. Shanty I, owned by Bill Waggoner, of Phoenix, Ariz., second with 800 points, will not race here but will run at Las Vegas, Nev., the following week in the last race of the season. Miss U.S. II will not race at Las Vegas.

My Sweetie Dora, owned by Horace Dodge, of Detroit, fourth in the standings with 77 points, also is entered in the full six-boat field here and has a chance to move into the lead.

Detroit Boats

Three other Detroit boats also are entered — Miss U.S. I, Frank Saile's Miss Wayne, and Gordon Deneau’s What A Pickle!. The sixth boat is Wha Hoppen Too, owned by Chet Bourne, of Buffalo, N.Y.

Three heats will be run in the Governor’s Cup race Saturday and Sunday.

— October 3, 1956