This weekend kicks off the 2014 A.P.B.A. Gold Cup hydroplane races! The Gold Cup is the oldest active trophy in motorsports and H1 Unlimited Hydroplane racers from all over the map will vie for the coveted prize on the Detroit River.
The festivities begin on Friday, July 11 and continue until Sunday, July 13. There will be racing action, live entertainment and more!
Friday is ‘Free Friday,” where spectators can watch testing and qualifying by the Unlimited Hydroplanes. Testing and qualifying for all classes is from noon to 4 p.m. with Unlimited qualifying from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Saturday will see several heats. Unlimited Heats 1A and 1B are tentatively scheduled between 1:40 p.m. and 2:20 p.m., with Heats 2A and 2B on tap between 4:40 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.
Sunday sees Unlimited Heats 3A and 3B between 11:20 a.m. and noon. Stay tuned after that for Heats 4A and 4B from 2:10 p.m. until 2:50 p.m. Then comes the moment of truth! The Gold Cup Final will begin at 4:30 p.m.
If you’re more of an organized, need to know kind of person, check out the tentative schedule.
The races cover a huge portion of the Detroit River, so there are many options for your viewing pleasure. According to the website, the Waterworks Park Grandstand area is the most popular ticket for the event. General admission areas are best for casual viewing.
If you are looking to view the races, but aren’t really feeling the part where you have to pay to do so, casual viewing from Belle Isle Beach is free for all days! However, a vehicle charge may apply to get there (it is now considered a state park).
If none of my rambling about where to view the races from helps, check out this handy-dandy map. It highlights parking and places to view around the Detroit River.
In addition to the Gold Cup races, there will be 5 Litre Hydroplanes competing for the Gar Wood Trophy, live music, vintage race boats and a hot rod show!
On Friday, alternative rock band, Monday’s Lie will be performing. Saturday sees longtime cover/classic rock band, Bedrock play. Last, but not least, the Matt Austin Band (young country) steals the show on Sunday.
One other thing you should probably check out before going to watch the races is this list of what to bring/rules and regulations.
If you are planning on going out to the water to see the races, be safe, get some sun and have some fun! It rhymes.