Dave Villwock dominates the Gold Cup

16 Jul

Dave Villwock bounced his way in the Spirit of Qatar 96 to win his 10th Gold Cup Sunday, easily defeating his nemesis – Oh Boy! Oberto (Steve David).

Villwock now trails Chip Hanauer by one 11-10 in Gold Cup victories. It was Villwock’s 10th win on the Detroit River, tying him with Hanauer and Bill Muncey.

Fastest final heat race speeds in the history of the Gold Cup

1999 – Miss PICO 152.591 mph

2012 – Spirit of Qatar 96 151.089 mph

1996 – PICO American Dream 149.328 mph

1995 – Miss Budweiser 149.160 mph

ELLSTROM FAMILY OF BALLARD – FIVE GOLD CUPS WINS IN SUCCESSION!

Consecutive wins by an owner

Fran Muncey 7

Stan Sayres 5

EllstromFamily 5

Gar Wood 5 (one year the boat was owned by Detroit Yachtsmen)

OH BOY! OBERTO FINISHES IN THE RUNNER-UP POSITION AGAIN

Most second-place finishes in the Gold Cup – Miss Budweiser 7, Oh Boy! Oberto 6, Atlas Van Lines 3.

STEVE DAVID IN THE OBERTO – SECONDITIS

Steve David 6 (1998, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012)

Bill Muncey 5 (1955, 1959, 1973, 1975, 1980)

George Woods 5 (1989-1993)

Dave Villwock 3 (1995, 1999, 2003)

Three boats went over this past weekend, hopefully they’ll all be fixed and ready to compete in the Tri-Cities race in two weeks.

Check back all this month, as we will dive into the two Washington races with terrific historical nuggets.

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