Sport: Head of the River

On the Detroit River last week four freakish, superpowered monsters raced for the Harmsworth Trophy. This is the pinnacle of powerboat competition; there are no limitations on size of power plant or type of hull, and contestants can enter anything they can afford to build. The U.S. had held the trophy since 1920, when Gar Wood took it away from Britain. Up to last week, no foreign boat had challenged the U.S. since 1933.

Last week's highly touted challenger was Miss Canada IV, owned by a Canadian industrialist (automobile steering gear) named Ernest Wilson and driven by his stocky blond son Harold....

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