1936 APBA Gold Cup
Motorboating : A 90-Mile Joy Ride Earns Kaye Don Gold Cup
The average person at a Gold Cup race has no idea who is winning. Speeding around on a triangular course, the boats lap each other time and again, so that only those spectators who keep count on paper have accurate knowledge of which cigar-shaped water broncho is in front.
But last Saturday's race on Lake George, N. Y., was easy to follow. Of the nine scheduled starters, only two showed up George Reis's 14-year-old El Lagarto; and Horace Dodge's Impshi, piloted by Kaye Don, English sportsman.
On the first lap, El Lagarto broke down, possibly because of damage done the night before by a prowler who broke into Reis's water garage. That left only Kaye Don, returning to action for the first time since an automobile crack-up on the Isle of Man two years ago, when he killed his mechanic and received a sentence of ten weeks in jail for reckless driving. Like Babe Ruth trotting out an over-the-fence home run, Don coasted to his 90-mile Gold Cup victory. "It was a joy ride," he beamed.
(Reprinted from Newsweek, August 1, 1936 p.20)
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