A Baker’s Dozen – 13 Unlimiteds for Gold Cup

bakers_dozen_2015It seems everyone is excited to participate in the 2015 HAPO APBA Gold Cup.  Some last minute additions to the field have boosted the total expected boat count to thirteen Unlimited Hydroplane.  Eleven boats attended the season’s first race in Madison, Indiana.

The U-3 was last seen racing in 2009

The U-3 was last seen racing in 2009

Long negotiations between H1 Chairman Steve David and owner Ed Cooper finally bore fruit with the July 18th announcement that the only piston powered Unlimited Hydroplane would return to the circuit at the Gold Cup.  The u-3 team used a GoFundMe campaign to raise money and eventually signed Ace Hardware as a sponsor.  Local Grigg’s Ace Hardware owner Charlie Grigg read about the U-3’s sponsor search in the Tri-City Herald. Fondly remembering the roar of the old piston engines, eventually he contacted the team to see what it would take to bring that sound back to the Columbia River.  The U-3 will run as the Grigg’s presents Ace Hardware for the 2015 HAPO APBA Gold Cup.

The U-21 sinks after flipping in 2014

The U-21 sinks after flipping in 2014

The U-21 Go Fast Turn Left was practically destroyed in a flip in the final heat of last year’s race.  The crash brought to a halt the team’s highly successful start to the 2014 season.  The crew put in long hours completely rebuilding and updating the hull for the coming season.  Earlier in the month, it was announced they would be making their debut at Seafair, bypassing Tri-Cities.  But a last minute push by the crew to get the boat finished and the emergence of Fasteners, Inc. as a sponsor has the team shooting for a golden debut.  The U-21 finished second in the Gold Cup last year, with Brian Perkins driving.  Winning the Gold Cup would cap a great comeback for this team from last year’s adversity.