Hydroplane racer Andrew Tate on the Columbia
Denied a victory at Seafair earlier this month in Seattle because of a milling period penalty, Andrew Tate hit a nearly perfect start in his U-9 RealTrac/Delta Gear hull Saturday in Detroit to leave the field in his wake in the President’s Cup final for his second career H1 Unlimited victory.
Seafair champion Jimmy Shane (U-1 Miss HomeStreet) and HAPO Columbia Cup winner J. Michael Kelly (U-12 Graham Trucking) led the President’s Cup field to the start/finish line, but Tate bided his time and used the momentum of a full-speed start to pull away in the five-lap heat. Shane took second and Kelly third.
The last running of the President’s Cup was in 1977 and was won by racing legend Bill Muncey. The unlimited hydros will be back on the 2.73-mile Detroit River course Sunday to compete in the APBA Gold Cup.