Gold Cup Racing This Weekend

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.Photo by John Skinner.

North American hydroplane pilots converged on Detroit for Hydrofest 2017 on 26 August 2017.
Photo by John Skinner.

(DETROIT, MI) – The roar of hydroplane racing returns to the Detroit River this weekend as the 2018 Hydrofest Gold Cup returns to the city. Sponsored by the Detroit Chevy Dealers, this year’s edition marks the 102nd anniversary of the race.

The unmistakable rooster tails, a 60-foot high and 300-foot long wall of water, of the various classes of competitors can be seen from a distance, but there is no better view of the races than from the grandstands along the river, across from the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle. It all starts Friday as a fleet of H1 teams and 10 boats from the Hydroplane Racing League take to the river.

The Spirit of Detroit on the water at the UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup during Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Spirit of Detroit on the water at the UAW-GM APBA Gold Cup during Hydrofest Detroit held on the Detroit River north of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, on 27 August 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

On Saturday and Sunday the oldest motorsport trophy, the Gold Cup, will be up for grabs by the winner of the full-out races which approach top out at 200mph.

“It’s a chance to see the greatest drivers in the game perform in one of the most exciting
extreme sports you can imagine,” said event director and Detroit Riverfront Events president Mark Weber. “If you have never watched these boats fly
over the water, racing to deck-to-deck, you owe it to yourself to come out and view the action.”

Testing starts at 1pm Friday and at 8:30am on Saturday, ahead of two full days of racing. Tickets are available online or by calling 313-329-8047, and start at just $10 for general admission.

Andrew Tate in the U-9 Delta RealTrac hydroplane picked up 1,500 points for a 2nd place finish in the Gold Cup, on 26 August 2017, in Detroit. Tate scored a further 1,280 points for a 1st place run in the President's Cup at Hydrofest 2017 in Detroit.Photo by John Skinner.

Andrew Tate in the U-9 Delta RealTrac hydroplane picked up 1,500 points for a 2nd place finish in the Gold Cup, on 26 August 2017, in Detroit. Tate scored a further 1,280 points for a 1st place run in the President’s Cup at Hydrofest 2017 in Detroit.
Photo by John Skinner.

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Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata