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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Detroit's Gold Cup races

Watching the Gold Cup Races on the Detroit River will knock your socks off.   The roar of the engines, the huge rooster tails, and just the thrill of the competition gets in your blood when you watch them from the shores of Belle Isle.  The APBA Gold Cup is the oldest active trophy in motorsports, having started in Detroit in 1904. Cal Phipps from Sterling Heights won his first Unlimited Hydroplane heat riding in his U-17 Miss Red Dot. We got to peek at one of these sleek machines up close. A 30-foot long boat weighs upwards of 6000 pounds with a 3000 horsepower helicopter engine!

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