Detroit Yacht Club to sponsor the U-13 for APBA Gold Cup

U-13 Spirit of Detroit will be titled, “Miss Detroit Yacht Club” for the APBA Gold Cup Race in Detroit this year. “We could not possibly be more proud than to carry the DYC burgee and we look forward to bringing the Gold Cup back to the Club for a big celebration on July 11. The team and I are going to give it all of our effort to make this a very special event for the Yacht Club and the entire Detroit area.”, said Cal Phipps, U-13 driver.

It is traditional for the Detroit Yacht Club to sponsor an unlimited team for the Detroit event. The Miss Detroit Yacht Club won the coveted Gold Cup with the U-10 which was owned by Kim and Debbie Gregory in 2004. That was the 100th anniversary of the oldest active trophy in motorsports. The DYC was founded in 1868 has played a major role in the rich history of hydroplane boat racing and the Gold Cup event. Hydroplane pioneer, Gar Wood, was a past Commodore of the Detroit Yacht Club.

In 2005, David Bartush (of Bloomfield Hills, MI) purchased what is now known as the U-13 from the Gregorys, received delivery in the Gold Cup pits and promptly won the Gold Cup in his first unlimited race ever. The Spirit of Detroit team did not race in 2008 but instead moved its operations from Seattle to its current location near the Detroit River. “We are rebuilding this team to be highly centered around the community and resources of Detroit and this great State of Michigan. Our owner, driver and the majority of our crew are all from the Detroit area and we intend to present ourselves as competitive and proud ambassadors of our sport, our City and our State to the rest of the United States and abroad”, said the team manager, Scott Allen.

The Unlimited Hydroplane race season begins in Madison, Indiana July 2-4, continues in Detroit July 9-11, Tri-Cities, Washington July 23-25, Seattle, Washington August 6-8 and then concludes in Doha, Qatar for the Oryx Cup International Championship November 18-20. The Spirit of Detroit race team is seeking sponsor support for all race events. The team contact for sponsorship and promotional opportunities is Paul LaMarre III, (419) 260-9985, or Scott Allen, (248) 841-3656,

Cal Phipps named driver

Cal Phipps, Jr. of Sterling Heights, MI has been named the 2010 driver for the U13 Spirit of Detroit Unlimited Hydroplane.

Phipps has driven and won in nearly all classes of inboard hydroplanes since he started racing in 1992. In addition to being the 2008 high points champion for the Grand National class, he has won 7 national championships and set world records in 2 different classes. In his last race he won 1st place at the San Diego Bayfair “Thunderboat” driving the G10 Miss Titeflex-Frazee Paints owned by the Wiggins Hydroplane Racing Team. He took his first laps in a turbinepowered unlimited in the seat of the U13 at Tri-Cities, WA in 2008 and recorded his first timed lap in excess of 150 mph.

Phipps is a native of the Detroit area and is a custom automotive painting professional.

David Bartush of Bloomfield Hills, MI and owner of the U13 says, “I am excited about having Cal drive this year. He has driven almost everything on the water and wins. He has experience far beyond most rookies and the other teams will have something to respect. Cal brings both driving talent and mechanical skills to our team”. “Driving an unlimited (hydroplane) for my home team represents everything that I have worked for”, Phipps said. He added, “I want my name on the Gold Cup ”.

U-13 at The Detroit Boat Show

The U13 Spirit of Detroit (owned by David Bartush) represented the Unlimited Hydroplane sport at the Detroit Boat Show from February 13-21.  Along with the 2005 Gold Cup Champion was the Detroit River Regatta Association, the Miss USA-1 and an APBA driver training boat.  The booth was coordinated with the APBA, the Detroit River Regatta Association (event organization for the APBA Gold Cup Race in Detroit) and the Detroit Yacht Club.

The Detroit Boat Show

The U13 Team is back and making plans for a successful and competitive 2010 season.  “We are preparing the boat and marketing for sponsors to support both the U13 Team and the race event in Detroit”, said Scott Allen, U13 Team Manager.

Dave Bartush added that, “We will be making some exciting announcements very soon regarding our new program, driver and team developments, but it is our new focus and energy in sponsor marketing and relations with Scott as Team Manager and Paul LaMarre as our Director of Marketing that adds a new element to our efforts”.