1957 International Trophy

Supertest Likely Entry At St. Clair

Canadian Craft Expected to Seek International Prize

1957 International Boundary Programme Cover
1957 International Boundary Programme Cover

Sarnia — Miss Supertest, Canadian unlimited class hydroplane contender, is “fully expected” to enter the International Trophy Race at St. Clair, Mich., July 14, Gordon Thompson, London, co-owner of the racing craft, told The Windsor Star, Tuesday.

“We fully expect to enter her in the race,” Mr. Thompson said. “Art Asbury will be driving her, and we expect to make a creditable showing.”

The big hydroplane, based at Sarnia during the summer months, was recently returned to London for additional work. She is expected to be ready in time for the international classic, which will draw some of the leading United States contenders.

Winner of the Detroit memorial regatta, “Such Crust III,” is scheduled for some fast racing when owner Jack Schafer attempts to continue his wins at the third running of the International race.

Such Crust” will be pitted against another favorite, “Gale VI” which swept to the local 1956 victory for its initial race followed closely by its sistership “Gale V.” “Such Crust III,” the first international trophy winner, was knocked out of trophy honors after being disqualified for jumping the gun in the first heat.

The “Gale” boat went out in the first heat of the Detroit Memorial Regatta when the boat’s gear box disintegrated during a sharp turn.

The fifth annual water carnival, under the direction of the children’s recreation committee, is making this year’s contest one of the finest unlimited races in this section of the country. In 1955 an estimated 73,000 persons watched the race from the St. Clair and Canadian side, with only a slightly smaller group attending the 1956 program.

Chuck Thompson, of Detroit, states his new “Short Circuit” will be ready to challenge Joe Schoenith’s “Gales” and Schafer’s “Crust” for possession of the 1957 trophy.

Gordon Doneau will attempt to give himself a trophy birthday present, his birthday being July 14th, with his “What a Pickle! I’ and “What a Pickle.”

Miss Supertest II” is expected to give the U.S. drivers a run for their money, with this craft stated as the most powerful single engine hydroplane in the world with a rating of 3,000 horsepower.

Other expected entrants are “Wha Hoppen Too,” “Wildroot Charlie”, and “Miss Wayne.”

Two elimination heats will be held at 12:30 and 1:15 p.m., with the final three heats about an hour apart beginning at 2 o'clock.

--- July 3, 1957

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12 in St. Clair River Race To Compete for Coveted Cup

Courtright—Twelve hydroplanes are expected to compete for the International Trophy at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the St. Clair River near here. The race is sponsored by Courtright Fire Dept.

Edward B. Glass of the fire department said today Miss Supertest, Such Crust, Gale IV and Gale V, Short Circuit are expected to be included among the entries.

Proceeds from the race, pony rides, refreshment stands and sale of programs will be used by the department to buy water rescue equipment.

The race route will lie between Courtright and St, Clair, Mich.

--- July 10, 1957