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Robert Lee walks along the port side of the hydroplane. A trio of workers set up a ramp off of the boat's stern leading into the pavilion. Disoriented, he had difficulty opening his cockpit's emergency hatch and got caught on the steering wheel. The Diamond Cup chuck thompson hydroplane indeed a grisly boat racing weekend.
chuck thompson hydroplane Although despondent over the injuries, chuck thompson hydroplane racing fraternity as a whole proceeded with business as usual, three weeks later, when qualifying for the Gold Cup--the biggest event of the year--got underway at Seattle. Muncey qualified the TOO at Not until would Bill make another competitive appearance in a forward-cockpit Unlimited hull. Gold Cup day, August 9, went down in history for being as keenly competitive as it was controversial. The late fifties signalled a last stand--a glorious one--for the amateur sportsman tradition of racing.
These were the days when boats with nicknames were more popular than those with commercial titles. And the Gold Cup's location was still determined by the yacht club of the winning boat, thereby giving the local fans a personal stake in the race's outcome. Then the photorecorder, a device for observing engine performance, exploded. Almost instantly, Muncey found himself wrapped up in yards and yards of photographic recording tape. This interfered chuck thompson hydroplane his concentration and cost him chuck thompson hydroplane seconds in the moments just prior to the start.
But he was already at a disadvantage in respect to total elapsed time. In the final showdown, Muncey and Stead ran close together with Muncey ahead and Stead electing to run conservatively, being content to maintain his chuck thompson hydroplane time edge for all three heats combined.
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Slovak, not having scored in the Second Heat, had no chance of winning and "opened the door" for Muncey, voluntarily relinquishing the lead to his fellow SYC defender. Chuck thompson hydroplane stil had an 8. The Seattle Yacht Club team's strategy had apparently worked.
This dropped the Norm Evans-chauffeured craft to fifth and moved Bill Stead from fourth-place to third. In both instances, Muncey had outrun his rival from Las Vegas in the Final Heat only to lose the overall race on chuck thompson hydroplane elapsed time. This was before the days when the winner of the Final Heat was automatically the winner of the race in an Unlimited event. A jubilant Stead declared, "I can't thank Norm Evans enough! As the winner savored his victory, Bill Muncey didn't try to conceal his intense disappointment.
He was truly heartbroken and didn't care if the world knew about it. A third Muncey victory in the Gold Cup would have to wait for another day in another season. The event marked the second time that Bill had physically won the big race out on the race course but had been prevented from taking the trophy home because of the official fine print. A case could undeniably be made chuck thompson hydroplane the Gold Cup loss was brought about by Muncey's own inexcuseable ignorance of the rules regarding Bonus Points and total elapsed time--but not so in when he did everything according to Hoyle.
As it was, Norm Evans made a mistake. In the Detroit Silver Cup, Muncey's boat lost its entire tailfin assembly when the chuck thompson hydroplane impacted with a buoy--at the cost of disqualification--in the First Heat. Bill suffered the added humiliation of being outrun by Bob Gilliam's KOLroy, the homebuilt and under-financed "Cinderella" boat of Unlimited racing.
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He took the boat out and--to Bill's embarrassment--turned a test lap faster than Muncey. About Towne Club spinning out.
Terry Sterret in Atlas 2. The building behind is the Roostertail restaurant before it's current day remodeling.(Photo: Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum) Fifty years ago last Sunday, Chuck Thompson lost his life racing on the Detroit River on Chuck thompson hydroplane 3. By Fred Farley - Unlimited Hydroplane Historian Charles F. (Chuck) Thompson was one of the sport's all-time great drivers.
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- Chuck Thompson's Miss Detroit (1958)
A member of the Unlimited.