Powerboat Racing: Halfway There

The Gold Cup means to powerboat racing roughly the same thing that the Indianapolis 500 does to auto racing. The boats are the biggest, fastest and trickiest to handle; powered by souped up 2,000-h.p. World War II aircraft engines, they scream along at speeds up to 180 m.p.h., tossing huge rooster tails of spray 40 ft. high in their wakes. The crowds are the biggest—300,000 or more. And the prize is the richest—$10,500, plus a new car to the winner. At last week's 58th annual running of the race on Seattle's Lake Washington, the sentimental favorite was a hometown...

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