Although seaplane racing unlimited is outside the normal scope of competition coverage on speedonthewater.com – offshore powerboat racing keeps us busy enough and our resources are not (pun intended) unlimited – we appreciate it and respect her. Sport is undeniably spectacular and beautiful. Yet our public’s interest in In progressthe detailed coverage just isn’t there.
Driver Corey Peabody won his first Gold Cup title last weekend. Photos by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Still, sometimes cool things happen to us, as is the case with these images. Let us explain to you.
This past weekend, speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden traveled to Guntersville, Alabama to photograph the Guntersville Lake Hydrofest, current home of the American Power Boat Association Gold Cup. Motorsport’s oldest trophy, the Gold Cup celebrates its 112th anniversary on the Alabama Waterway. And after two full days of multi-round action, two-time H1 Unlimited hydroplane world champion pilot Jimmy Shane of the Miss HomeStreet the team appeared to claim their sixth Gold Cup.
But it was not to be. Shane fell from the plane at the start of the race and was disqualified, opening the door to Lynx Health driver Corey Peabody to claim his first Gold Cup victory.
A guy from Michigan who calls Southwest Florida home for most of the year, Boden has a connection to the Gold Cup, which for most of his 112 years – we just can’t say it enough – took place in Detroit on the river of the same name. . That was enough to inspire him to brave the Alabama heat for the weekend. Boden returned home impressed by the event and, of course, by a multitude of images.
Enjoy more footage from last weekend’s Guntersville Hydrofest / APBA Gold Cup event.
“It’s a very organized event,” Boden said. “The city has fenced off the park for a gated entrance. They had 10 food trucks there with good food and a PA system that went two and a half miles and was clear.
“The town and staff couldn’t have been more helpful – they even had someone to drive me,” he added. “The organization of the event was the best I have ever seen. Things went on time and the race was good.
The power of pistons is still alive in the world of unlimited seaplanes.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story named Jimmy Shane the winner of the 2022 Gold Cup, but Shane was disqualified for falling off the plane at the start. The story has been edited for accuracy. We regret any confusion the error may have caused.
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