1956 Presidents Cup

Hawaii Kai In D.C. For Cup Race

Other Seattle Hydros Due

By Cliff Harrison

1956 Presidents Cup Course Map
1956 Presidents Cup Course Map

Seattle’s four unlimited hydroplanes, set to renew the battle of the river but this time on the Potomac, were all expected in Washington, D. C., Wednesday morning to finish preparations for the week end’s Presidents Cup. Preliminary heats are to be run Saturday starting at 11 a. m. Seattle time, final heat Sunday, 9:30 a. m.

Edgar Kaiser’s Hawaii Kai III was the first to arrive, checking in Tuesday.

Due On Potomac

Bill Waggoner’s pair, Shanty-I and Maverick, and Miss Thriftway, the fleet ship owned by Washington stores of that name, were due during the night.

Lt. Col. Russell B. Schleeh, who drives Shanty; Bill Stead, who handles Maverick, and Bill Muncey, the Thriftway pilot, were expected in D.C. Wednesday morning.

Jack Regas, the Hawaii Kai driver, was with the boat. So were Bart Carter, crew chief, and his helpers.

“We’ve all got ideas on what happened to Hawaii Kai in Detroit Monday and who did it,” he said, “but we’re making no formal statement until we are certain.”

Taggart To Move

Joe Taggart, the injured Slo-mo-shun IV driver, talked from his bed in Jennings Hospital, Detroit, to Seattle Tuesday.

“I will be a lot happier doing my recuperating there, long as it may take, than in a hospital so far from home.”

The Taggart home is in Canton, Ohio.

Thanks Seattle

“Please thank all those nice Seattle people who remembered me with flowers, get well messages and condolences,” he asked.

“Mrs. Taggart and I were greatly encouraged by the way, it seemed, all Seattle expressed its sympathy and prayers for my recovery. We can’t wait until we can come to Seattle again and say our thanks in person.”

Mr. and Mrs. Stan Sayres ask the same expression from them.

“It would be physically impossible for us to answer all those wonderful messages,” Sayres said Tuesday. “We want to tell you that they touched all of us, not only the families but also the members of the crew. Again our thanks.”

Slo-mo IV Due

What is left of Slo-mo-shun IV is due home Friday, possibly late Thursday.

Plans for a showing of “The Old Lady” are in the making, will be announced shortly.

Hearing Sunday

Willard Rhodes, owner of Miss Thriftway, received a wire from American Power Boat Association’s Inboard Racing Commission that “the hearing on the protest on Miss Thriftway’s disqualification in the Gold Cup race September 1 will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Willard Hotel, Washington, D. C.”

The hearing had originally been set for Friday.

Rhodes is to be guest of Exchange Club and Young Men’s Business Club at luncheon at Washington Athletic Club Wednesday noon.

— September 13, 1956

Seattle Boats On Potomac For Race

Seattle’s four unlimited hydroplane entries in the Presidents Cup race on the Potomac River, Washington, D.C., Saturday and Sunday are all berthed at U.S. Naval Station, Anacostia.

Lt. Col. Russell B. Schleeh, Bill Stead, Bill Muncey and Jack Regas who drive Shanty-I, Maverick, Miss Thriftway and Hawaii Kai III, respectively, had also checked in.

Presidents Cup headquarters announced that en route from Detroit were Jay Murphy’s Muv-a-long, Joe Schpenith’s Gale IV and Gale V, George Simon’s Miss United States II [Miss U.s. II], Bud Salle's Miss Wayne, Roy Dossin’s Miss Pepsi, George Deneau’s What A Pickle, J. Gordon Thompson’s Canadian Miss Supertest, Horace Dodge’s Dora My Sweetie and Jack Schafer’s Such Crust III.

The race is to be run in six preliminary heats -- five starters in two, four in the third, then repeated in second trio of heats -- Saturday starting at 11 a.m. (Seattle time).

Final heat, with the six high point winners of the elimination heats competing for the trophy, is set for 9:30 a. m. Sunday.

— September 13, 1956

Seattle Hydros Set For Runs

Washington, D.C., Sept. 13. — (Special) — Found: the plaguing leak in Bill Waggoner’s unlimited Maverick.

Maverick, here along with Shanty-I, Miss Thriftway and Hawaii Kai III, all wearing Seattle Yacht Club’s burgee, for the Presidents Cup race on the Patomac Saturday and Sunday, plagued her owner, driver and crew in the recent Gold Cup with a tendency to scoop up water.

Ordinary tests failed to spot the leak but today Jack Ramsey and his crew found it -- a leak in the runner in the air trap. It will be repaired at once, should put her back in contention.

Shanty-I and Miss Thriftway are both ready for preparatory runs Friday. So is Hawaii Kai which is experimenting with props to go with her new Rolls Royce Merlin engin.

Arrivals today included the Canadian Miss Supertest and Jay Murphy's Muvalong.

— September 13, 1956

Presidents Cup To Be Aired

Radio KING will broadcast live the Presidents Cup Regatta from Washington, D.C, Saturday and Sunday, it was announced by Fred Von Hofen, station manager. Four heats will be run Saturday and the fifth heat Sunday. The Saturday broadcast will start at 10:45 o’clock in the morning, Seattle thus. The Sunday heat will go on the air at 9:15 o’clock in the morning.

— September 13, 1956