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Port Huron Boat Show 2015
This year's show in Port Huron will be the weekend after Labor Day weekend, September 11 and 12. The show kicks off Friday afternoon with a cruise down the St Clair river to St Clair for dinner. The boat show is Saturday at the River St Marina on the Black River. Again this year, free antique boat rides will be offered from 11 am until 2 pm. This was a huge success last year as more than 200 persons took advantage of the free rides.
The theme of the show this year will be race boats and the famous Miss America X will be in attendance on land display.
Gar Wood won the 1931 Harmsworth trophy in Miss America IX. Britain knew that it needed a better boat and designed Miss England III. Gar Wood knew he had to come up with a faster boat for the 1932 Harmsworth race. He began in January of 1932 to build a new boat which was to become Miss America X. It was a 38' Mahogany hull with 4 Packard V-12 engines, with 2 in line on the right side and the other 2 in line on the left side. Each pair of engines were directly connected by a gearbox designed by Gar Wood to create in fact a 24 cylinder engine driving a propeller. The engines were supercharged to the limit, consumed a fuel mixture of benzol, alcohol and gasoline and burned 10 gallons per mile. The 4 engines had a combined horsepower of 7600 hp.The completed boat weighed 8 tons.
Gar Wood met the British challenge in Miss America X and won the Harmsworth in 1932 and again in 1933. He retired from racing at this point. Between 1920 and 1933, Garwood's boats won every Harmsworth trophy and Gar Wood himself piloted the boats in every race but one.
On September 20, 1932 Gar Wood set a new speed record with Miss America X at 124.86 mph. This was the average speed of 2 runs, one upstream and one downstream. The run was conducted on the St Clair River just north of Algonac.
Miss America X was painstakingly restored by the Mayea Boat and Aeroplane works of Fairhaven, Michigan. It is owned by Detroit boating enthusiast and historian Mr. Henry Mistele.
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