Sunday's (4 August) Gold Cup race for hydroplanes on Seattle's Lake Washington proved a costly outing for many competitors.
GV PAN Hydroplane boat passing
GV Boats passing as crowd looks on (2 shots)
GV PAN Three boats passing camera as crowd looks on (2 shots)
GV Boat on fire PAN TO smoke
GV PAN Winning boat past camera and chequered flag (2 shots)
MV Winner with champagne being poured over his head
BOAT PASSING: TWO BOATS RACING: THREE BOATS PASSING AS CROWD LOOKS ON: BOAT ON FIRE: WINNING BOAT TAKES RACE: WINNING DRIVER HAVING CHAMPAGNE POURED OVER HIM.
Initials BB/1918 RW/DW/BB/1930
SPORT: HYDROPLANE RACING
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Background: Sunday's (4 August) Gold Cup race for hydroplanes on Seattle's Lake Washington proved a costly outing for many competitors.
The race, the most prestigious event on the United States' unlimited circuit, claimed victim after victim as engine problems developed during the heats.
Thousands of fans watched the race from the shore of the lake. They witnessed the most trouble-filled afternoon in Gold Cup history.
There were refuelling problems in the pits, clocks used for timing the race failed to run properly and marker buoys broke loose.
By early afternoon, six of the 15 boats that had qualified for the event had dropped out, mainly with engine problems. Two ended their bid in tragic fashion by catching fire, but their drivers were uninjured.
When the winner-take-all final was run some eight and a half hours after the opening heat, "Pride of Pay-n-Pack" outsped "Miss Budweiser" to capture the event.
"Pride of Pay-n-Pack" was piloted by novice driver george Henley. Its win was a timely wedding gift for the boat's owner, Dave Herensburger. He was married on Saturday night (3 August).