For the first time in 45 years, unlimited hydroplanes will race on Lake Coeur d’Alene when the Diamond Cup is run this weekend.
Ten unlimiteds will be competing in the event, which begins today with testing and qualifying. There will be two heat races Saturday, and Sunday there will be four more preliminary heat races.
The final is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday,
The 10 boats scheduled to race are:
-- The 1 Oh Boy! Oberto with driver Steve David.
-- The 5 Graham Trucking with Jimmy Shane.
-- The 9 Team RedDOT with Jon Zimmerman.
-- The 11 Peters & May with Tom Thompson..
-- The 14 Miss DiJulio with Greg Hopp.
-- The 22 PayneWest Insurance with Mike Webster.
-- The 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing with J. Michael Kelly.
-- The 57 FEDCO with Mark Evans.
-- The 95 Spirit of Qatar with Kip Brown.
-- The 100 Miss Sahara Pizza with Dave Warren.
The last time an event was held in Coeur d’Alene was 1968, when Billy Schumacher won in the Miss Bardahl.
Now Schumacher is owner, with his wife Jane, of the 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing.
Oberto and David come into this weekend’s race in first place in the high points standings with 7,915 points. Shane and Graham Trucking are in second with 7,252 points.
After this weekend’s race, the season ends Sept. 13-15 with the San Diego Bayfair.