Sport: Death at Seattle

In the qualifying heat of motorboating's classic Gold Cup race at Seattle last week, Driver Orth Mathiot barely managed to make the minimum 65 m.p.h. speed in his blue-grey Quicksilver, a sleek, new, 31-foot hydroplane. Devil-may-care Mathiot, a Portland, Ore. tugboat operator, was not really expecting Quicksilver to win the cup. Neither were Seattle's boat-racing fans, who turned out at nearby Lake Washington to cheer their hometown entry, Slo-Mo-Shun V, which set two records in the first of three final runs —97.826 m.p.h. for a three-mile lap, 91.766 m.p.h. for the 30-mile heat.

But Skipper Mathiot wasn't complaining. While Slo-Mo-Shun V also...

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