1956 St. Clair International Trophy
[International Boundary]

12 Boats Enter Race at Detroit

Detroit. July 12 (AP)—About 12 unlimited class powerboats are expected to answer the starting signal Sunday in a race for Harmsworth trophy contenders on the St. Clair River.

The entries, including Detroiter Joe Schoenith’s new Gale VI will be battling for points to become representatives in the International Trophy race to be held later this summer on the Detroit river.

The race off St. Clair will begin at 1 p.m. It consists of three heats over a three-mile course.

--- July 12, 1956

10 After Harmsworth Points

Gale VI In First Race At St. Clair

St. Clair, .July 12—A new and more powerful Joe Schoenith boat — Gale VI — will make its maiden race Sunday in the second annual International Trophy race here on the St. Clair River.

Gale VI is a twin-engine unlimited power boat with upwards of 4,000 horsepower.

The new craft will replace Gale V, Gold Cup defending champion, which is on its way to Seattle to race in the $25,000 Seafair.

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There is also the possibility that Gale IV may be entered here sunday.

Cecil Vollstaedt, race chairman, said 10 boats may roar over the three-mile course in three 15-mile heats. That’s providing Miss Supertest II, Harmsworth challenger from Canada is here.

Vollstaedt held a phone conversation with Miss Supertest’s co-owner Col. J. Gordon Thompson, London, Ont., Wednesday.

Col. Thompson said, "we’re doing everything possible to get the boat ready.”

The U.S. Coast Guard, its Auxiliary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will patrol the race course.

Small boat spectators are urged to get to the race area in plenty of time. They may anchor inside the course. Large spectator craft must anchor 1000 feet south of south turn located abreast Pine River.

Spectator craft must be anchored an hour before the 1 p.m. start.

Pits will be open to public inspection Friday and Saturday.

The following boats are scheduled to race: defending champion Such Crust III, Dora My Sweete, Short Circuit, Gale VI, Miss U.S. II, current Harmsworth point leader, Miss Wayne, What A Pickle, Wha Hoppen Too. Miss Supertest II, Gale IV and another Horace Dodge boat.

The race is sponsored by the St. Clair Children’s Recreational Committee in connection with the fourth annual Water Carnival and is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association.

--- July 12, 1956