December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
A look back at two historic race boats: Miss Detroit III and Miss America VIII.
Gar Wood won the 1918 Gold Cup Race in “Miss Detroit III” powered by a rare 1916 Curtiss V-12 aircraft engine. Michael McBride captured the photos for this story on Woody Boater.
1929 Gar Wood Miss America VIII – Winner of the Harmsworth Trophy in 1929 and 1931; fitted with its original twin, one-off Miller V16 engines, which were specially designed for Miss America VIII by Harry Miller to break the World’s Speed Record.
Even in 1929, the steering mechanism on a Miss America was primitive by today’s standards! Photo below.