1959 Apple Cup

Miss U.S. 1 Heads for First Boat Race of '59

George Simon’s Miss U.S. 1 [2] and a crew of five left Detroit Saturday morning for Chelan, Wash., and the first Unlimited Class powerboat race of the year. The race will be held May 10.

Don Wilson is going along as the driver. In the crew are Marvin Henrich, Art Spargo, Wally Warbrouck and Roy Duby. Duby joined the Simon forces a week ago, leaving Joe Schoenith’s Gales.

The party expects to be in Chelan by Wednesday night, in time for trials. Miss U.S. will be the only eastern boat. Other entries are Miss Burien, Miss Thriftway, Thriftway Too, Miss Spokane, Miss Pay ‘n’ Save, Miss Wahoo, Coral Reef and Miss Bardahl.

Former Detroiter Bill Muncey is on Miss Thriftway. Muncey and Wilson were roommates in college. Wilson won three races with Miss U.S. at the close of last season.

Simon said he plans to race Miss U.S. in the Detroit Memorial race July 4 before sending it back west to the Gold Cup at Seattle.

The U.S. has had a half dozen tests on the river in the last 10 days. "She’s accelerating faster now than she was last fall," Simon said.

(Reprinted from the Detroit News, May 3, 1959)