1960 Apple Cup

Spray Will Soar on Chelan as Hydros Begin Testing

Lilac Lady to Make Try

Aerial view of Chelan pits
Aerial view of Chelan pits

CHELAN, Wash., May 2.—Lake Chelan, scene of Sunday's Apple cup unlimited hydroplane race, will be a busy body of water this week as 11 or 12 big boats run qualifying tests.

Miss Spokane, the Inland Empire's Lilac Lady, will make its qualifying run over the three- mile course tomorrow or Wednesday. Crew chief Kent Simonson said rookie driver Rex Manchester would wheel her as soon as oil line difficulties are straightened out.

The east's only entry. Miss Nitrogen of Wilmington, Del., is expected to trailer in tomorrow, when Chelan’s own Norm Evans will begin testing Sam DuPont's boat. Evans won the 1958 Apple cup in Miss Bardahl.

Must Make 90

Each boat must qualify, in this first race of the year under American Powerboat association sanction. That will keep the lake busy with flying rooster-tails as the 170-m. p. h. craft work out off-season bugs and take qualifying runs.

To qualify, a boat must make a timed lap in 90 m. p. h. or better.

Seattle's Miss Bardahl is the advance favorite in the field which doesn't appear quite as fast as in previous years.

Other top craft expected to run for the big golden Apple are Hawaii Kai, Miss Thriftway and Wahoo of Seattle—another likely trio if the boats are perking well.

Rosellini to Attend

Washington’s Governor Rosellini today accepted race commodore Dr. Les Woods' invitation to attend the race and present the winner's trophy. Defending champion is the Seattle Too, formerly Miss Pay 'n' Save. The Seattle Too showed good roughwater capabilities in last spring's abbreviated race.

Miss Everett, another community-owned craft, was damaged in her home town yesterday when a derrick lifting her out of Lake Stevens toppled, dropping the boat to the dock. One sponson was damaged on the former Wildroot Charlie, but owner Bob Miller said she'd be repaired in time to race at Chelan.

From Olympia, meanwhile, state parks director John Vanderzicht said Lake Chelan state park won't be able to accommodate as many overnight race fans as formerly.

Park Space Limited

Water and sewer projects now underway there, he said, would limit occupancy to 150 persons The park normally accommodate; 300 on race week ends. He suggested campers use Alta Lake state park, 20 miles north of Chelan.

The probable entry list:

— The Spokesman Review, May 3,1960