Sport: Fast Old Lady

On the shores of Seattle's Lake Washington last week a man selling opera glasses yelled: "It's up to the old lady, folks! Come and get 'em so you can see her run." The old lady is a fin-tailed, mahogany-plywood motorboat called Slo-Mo-Shun IV, slightly faster than her younger sister, Slo-Mo-Shun V, and holder of the world straightaway speed record of 178.497 m.p.h. With Slo-Mo V disabled by a pre-race accident last week, Slo-Mo IV had to hold off five Detroit challengers for speedboating's most prized trophy, the Gold Cup, won last year and in...

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