The DYC Detroit APBA Gold Cup, presented by Jarvis Property Restoration, returns to the Detroit River with fun for the whole family July 13-14.
The APBA Gold Cup is the oldest active trophy in all motor sports, with the first trophy awarded in 1904. The weekend-long event promises to pack more entertainment and excitement than ever. Guests — which topped over 100,000 last year — can enjoy food, live entertainment, a classic car and vintage boat show, and, of course, thrilling Unlimited Hydroplane races that near speeds of 200 miles per hour.
“All of us at the DYC are proud to be the title sponsor, and to continue to partner with the DRRA to keep this tradition alive in the city of Detroit,” said Scott Allen, commodore of the Detroit Yacht Club.
“We have been so fortunate to have had the DYC serve as the presenting sponsor of the APBA Gold Cup for the past three years,” said Mark Weber, event director for the Detroit River Regatta Association. “They brought prestige and a rich Detroit history to the event, and we’re now thrilled to welcome Jarvis Property Restoration as a new addition to the Gold Cup family.”
Jarvis Property Restoration is a full-service restoration company with offices in Michigan, Florida, Illinois and Iowa, that helps property owners recover from unexpected disasters, such as floods and fires. Bill Jarvis, owner, has been actively involved in the Gold Cup races for the past 12 years.
“I fell in love with the sport instantly and would come to the races with clients and staff, all of whom enjoyed the excitement of the event,” said Jarvis. “Each year we got more involved, even sponsoring three different boats that competed against each other. Events like this are what keep Detroit moving. We must ensure that it continues for another 100 years.”
In addition to a new sponsor, The DYC Detroit APBA Gold Cup welcomes back Free Friday. The additional free day is back this year courtesy of Made In Detroit and American Badass Beer. The sponsorship from the two Michigan-based companies restores the 104th-annual event to a three-day schedule running July 12-14; the 2013 races had previously been slated to be condensed into two days due to budget constraints.
“We are proud to partner with the Gold Cup races to bring back Free Friday to the city of Detroit.” said Thomas Dubak, VP of sales, American Badass Beer, Co. “We have big things lined up for the weekend, including games with giveaways including the chance to win free front row tickets to an upcoming Kid Rock show this August at DTE Energy Music Theatre.”
“Friday gives fans the opportunity to watch more action on the water, see more of the drivers, spend more time on the river, all at no cost to them,” said Tom Bertolini, president of the Detroit River Regatta Association.
General admission ranges from $15 to $45; reserved seating starts at $60.
Official Weekend Lineup
Thursday, July 11
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Rescue Practice
Friday, July 12
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mondays Lie performs
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Unlimited Testing
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm “Mondays Lie” performs
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Super Cat Offshore Testing
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm See Jane Rock performs
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Vintage Testing, All Classes
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Unlimited Qualifying