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Hydroplane races rock the Detroit River

If racing on two wheels isn’t your thing, head to the Detroit Riverfront this weekend for the Detroit APBA Gold Cup Hydroplane Races! The hydroplanes will be zooming down the Detroit River this weekend, July 8-10, and can reach speeds up to 200 MPH.

The Gold Cup is a 95-year tradition in Detroit and it’s the oldest active trophy in motorsports. The APBA Gold Cup, also known as the APBA Challenge Cup, was first awarded in 1904.

The 2011 Detroit APBA Gold Cup races are presented by the Detroit Yacht Club and offers fun and excitement for all ages. Besides the fast and furious hydroplane races, the weekend also features skateboard & BMX bike demonstrations, Navy & biplane flyovers, entertainment and more.

“We always aim to make each year bigger and better than the last. With the increased racing heats and the addition of an air show, there will be something for everyone all day, everyday,” said Tom Bertolini, DRRA President.

On Friday, July 8th admission is free for the races. Ticket prices for the rest of the weekend start at $15 for general admission for all 3 days. The course is right in front of Belle Isle and can be viewed from Memorial Annex Park and Henderson Park. Check out the course map to get the lay of the land. 

The Detroit APBA Gold Cup Hydroplane Races are a sponsor of Detroit Moxie. This post is not a part of that agreement and the words are my own.

Photos courtesy of Detroit APBA Gold Cup.

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