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Old July 10th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #1
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When they used to be open cockpit thunder boats...my first race. Any other memories?

1982 Gold Cup Remembered
By Fred Farley - ABRA Unlimited Historian
Following the death of Bill Muncey at Acapulco in 1981, Chip Hanauer took over as driver for the ATLAS VAN LINES team, now owned by Fran Muncey (Bill’s widow). Chip was Bill’s hand-picked successor.

For 1982, the re-organized ATLAS team had a new Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered hull, designed and built by Jim Lucero.
Hanauer and crew chief Jim Harvey pulled off a heart-stopper of a victory in the 1982 Gold Cup at Detroit.
The new ATLAS VAN LINES, in only its third competitive appearance, almost blew over during a Final Heat battle with defending champion Dean Chenoweth and the Rolls-Royce Griffon-powered MISS BUDWEISER, which boasted much more horsepower than ATLAS VAN LINES.
After trailing for the first few laps, Chip executed a daring maneuver and ducked inside of Dean. This forced the BUDWEISER to run a wider--and longer--track.
When the roostertails subsided, Chip and ATLAS had won the Gold Cup. It was the answer to a lifetime’s dream for Hanauer and the perfect “pick-me-up” for a sport that was still grieving the loss of Bill Muncey.
This was the first of eleven Gold Cups won by Chip between 1982 and 1999. But this first one would always be extra special to Hanauer.
ATLAS VAN LINES averaged 122.566 miles per hour in the Final Heat, followed by MISS BUDWEISER at 118.681. THE SQUIRE SHOP was a distant third with driver Tom D’Eath making his first Gold Cup appearance since 1976. Then came Jon Peddie in MISS KENTUCKIANA PAVING and Ron Snyder in RICH PLAN FOOD SERVICE (alias MISS MADISON).
The attrition was fierce at the 1982 Gold Cup. Thirteen boats attended but only ten were able to qualify. And only six of these scored points.
MISS BUDWEISER, a model of reliability in the past, was having trouble finishing races in 1982. She was as fast as before, but her engines were not as strong. At the first five races of the season, only once did the “Beer Wagon” go the distance. In Heat 1-B of the Gold Cup, she blew an engine while battling for the lead with ATLAS VAN LINES.
Two weeks before the 1982 Gold Cup, PAY ‘n PAK and driver John Walters won the “Thunder In The Park” race at Seneca Falls, New York. This was the first-ever victory by a turbine-powered boat in the Unlimited Class.
But in the Gold Cup, PAY ‘n PAK damaged the left sponson during Heat 1-B and had to withdraw.
MISS PRODELCO, the former THOUSAND TRAILS, now owned by John Still and driven by Steve Reynolds, was another disappointment. The boat failed to score in either of the two preliminary heats but advanced to the Final by winning the Consolation Heat. MISS PRODELCO then couldn’t be readied in time and was replaced by MISS KENTUCKIANA PAVING, which had finished second in the Consolation Heat.
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I remember when they used to be "Thunder boats." They were running Allison aircraft engines and you could hear them at my house at 7 mile and Mack!
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I remember a yellow and black checkered boat early to mid 70's.
We use to sit on a Navy destroyer to watch.
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My parents used to go when I was kid. When I was about 2 or 3, my parents wrote my name and their names on my shirt along with the section number of the seats. That way if I wandered off I could get back. Times sure were different then.

Other than that, I haven't been there since about 1993 or so with my cousins. The Miss Madison was the only piston powered boat left, and she was painfully slow but awesome to hear.
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Old July 11th, 2008, 11:26 PM   #5
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I grew up at 8-kelly. I remember hearing them too. I remember the anticipation...the bear wars....the burning couches on belle isle. the island used to close about 10:30 am because it was filled to capacity. The detroit boat club used to be packed. all the racing was on one day. And there were plenty of free places to view the racing.
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We used to go down on Friday and stake out our spot. We would stay on Belle Isle until Sunday. There were people with whole living room setups with carpet, couches, and everything. People ruined a good thing when they left all their crap behind...
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SilverDollar - is that a pic of the U7 flipping last weekend? I'd be interested in the full size pic. I have a pic of the Motley Crew mid-rollover and some other offshore pics if anyone is interested.

BTW, my memories only go back to the days of Winston Eagle and Circus Circus. Guess I'm not that old. My mom had/has a crush on Chip Hanour (sp?) however.
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Nope...it.s the U-1 flip from the 2007 race...i'm in the pic too...
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