Sport: Tarnished Gold Cup

All at once, the Detroit River came alive. Flippant rooster tails of spray arced high as six hopped-up speedboats zippered the straightaway and skittered hell-bent for trouble toward the first turn of the Gold Cup race for unlimited hydroplanes. The last heat boiled into a catfight between two river belles—Miss Thrijtway, a neat cream, orange and white number from Seattle, and Miss Pepsi, a Detroit brawler all tricked out in red, white and blue.

Ripples & Loops. Miss Thrijtway and her owner, Seattle Grocer Willard Rhodes, were out to settle an old score. Last year on Lake Washington, Rhodes figured he and...

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