Gold Cup “Hydrofest” Detroit – Unlimited Boat Race Weekend

Gold Cup “Hydrofest” Detroit – Unlimited Boat Race Weekend

KIM_0307 facebook100 consecutive years of unlimited hydroplane racing along the Detroit River starts today with FREE Friday!  Read more for weekend events & map….

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Come down to the northern end of the Detroit River this weekend for the 100th anniversary of premier hydroplane racing in Detroit. The UAW-GM Sponsored Gold Cup “Hydrofest” runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – August 26-28.

FREE Friday today includes free admission to the grandstands and the cold pits during practice runs starting at 1pm.

On Saturday and Sunday the UAW-GM’s sponsorship has ensured that all general admission parks will remain free at Erma Henderson Park, Memorial Annex Park and Owen Park.  Or, you may purchase tickets for the Grandstands and other VIP areas (below for details & links).

There are several vintage race boats on display and will be on the water in between races Saturday & Sunday.  The owners  are very talkative and love to show off these beautiful boats…. we were able to sit inside the cockpit of Miss US from 1957!  KIM_0313 cockpit

And, something fun to do in between races, there will also be a CAR SHOW at Waterworks Park on Saturday & Sunday.


IPHONE & ANDROID APP named:  ” H1 Unlimited 2016 ”  Get the free app for up-to-date schedule & race results.

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TICKETS: On site or online – Parking is not free ($15-$25) so car pool!

Grandstands – General Seating

Weekend Saturday & Sunday – $50.00

Saturday – $25.00

Sunday – $35.00

And several other VIP seating options are available.

Box office is located at a trailer next to the Gregory Boat Company at 9666 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit.

Hours:  Friday 9:00 am to 7pm

Saturday 7:30 am to end of show

Sunday 7:00 am to 1pm



Friday August 26

1:00-2:00 Unlimited testing

2:00-2:30 Formula 2 testing

2:30-3:00 Grand Prix testing

3:00-4:00 Unlimited testing

4:00-4:15 Formula 2 testing

4:15-4:30 Grand Prix testing

4:30-4:50 Unlimited Vintage

5:00-7:00 Unlimited Qualifying


Saturday August 27

8:30-9:30 Unlimited testing

8:30-9:00 Formula 2 Drivers meeting Piston Park

10:00-10:30 Formula 2 testing or heat

10:30-11:00 GP testing

11:00-11:50 Lunch/Autograph session

12:00-12:15 Unlimited 1A

12:20-12:35 Unlimited 1B

12:50-1:00 GP 1A

1:05-1:15 GP 1B

1:20-1:30 GP 1C

1:45-2:15 Formula 2 heat

2:30-2:50 Unlimited Vintage

3:00-3:10 GP 2A

3:15-3:30 GP 2B

3:35-3:50 GP 2C

4:00-4:15 Unlimited 2A

4:20-4:35 Unlimited 2B


Sunday August 28

8:30-9:30 Unlimited testing

8:30-8:45 Formula 2 Drivers Meeting Piston Park

8:45-9:00 GP Drivers Meeting Piston Park

9:35-10:00 Formula 2 heat

10:10-10:25 GP 3A

10:30-10:45 GP3B

10:45-11:00 GP 3C

11:00-12:00 Lunch/Autograph session

12:00-12:45 Opening Ceremonies

12:55-1:10 Unlimited 3A

1:15-1:30 Unlimited 3B

1:40-1:55 GP Consolation

2:00-2:30 Formula 2 Final

2:40-2:55 Unlimited 4A

3:00-3:15 Unlimited 4B

3:30-3:45 Grand Prix Final

3:45-4:10 Unlimited Vintage

4:20-4:45 Unlimited Final