It’s now official, two of the most celebrated race boats in Canadian history, Miss Canada IV and Miss Supertest III, will be among the featured race boats at the 2013 Toronto Chapter ACBS Summer Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario – “The Greatest Race Boat Show In Canadian History”
Miss Supertest III is a Canadian-designed and built hydroplane that won the 1959 Detroit Memorial Regatta and the 1959, 1960 and 1961 Harmsworth Cup races — the only four races it ever entered. It was the only three-time Harmsworth Cup winner and the first non-U.S. winner in 39 years.
Racing out of Sarnia, Ontario, Miss Supertest III was owned by J. Gordon Thompson, owner of Supertest Petroleum (later acquired by BP). The team was managed by his son, Jim Thompson, and the boat piloted by Bob Hayward. Miss Supertest III was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Its predecessor, Miss Supertest II was briefly the fastest propeller-driven motorboat in the world, setting a water speed record of 296.96 km/h (184.494 mph) on November 1, 1957, at Picton, Ontario with Art Asbury at the wheel. It broke a record that had stood for five years, but a new record was set only a few weeks later.
The first Miss Supertest was originally known as Miss Canada IV and competed in hydroplane races from 1949 to the mid-1950s. The Miss Supertest boats were retired following the death of driver Bob Hayward. He was killed while racing Miss Supertest II about a month after winning the 1961 Harmsworth Cup with Miss Supertest III.
Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp in 2011 honouring Miss Supertest III, her driver Bob Hayward and businessman Jim Thompson, who designed and built her. – (Courtesy Wikipedia)
Below is the recent Press Release we received from the nice folks at the Toronto Chapter ACBS / Classicboat Magazine to officially announce the 2013 Summer Boat Show in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SOCIETY
SUMMER 2013 BOAT SHOW
“THE GREATEST RACE BOAT SHOW IN CANADIAN HISTORY”
Gravenhurst, ONTARIO – The 33rd Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show will be returning to the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst on Saturday, July 6, 2013 to celebrate “The Greatest Race Boat Show in Canadian History”. Never before has there been such a complete display of race boats spanning 100 years of racing. Many of the more than 150 boats have won Championship races all over North America and many others have been racing informally on the Muskoka Lakes since the early 1900s. The show will feature everything from beautiful antique wooden racers to Sea Fleas to famous unlimited hydroplanes, including Miss Supertest III and Miss Canadiana. Come hear the noise and feel the excitement of one of the most dangerous sports! The poster boat of the show is Miss Canada IV, newly restored, and a very storied boat driven by the legendary Harold Wilson. Don’t miss this amazing show!!
Boats in Motion, a favorite element of the show, will continue, as well as the Field of Dreams and Flea Market for those interested in a restoration project or purchasing one-of-a-kind items. The Antique Boat Museum from Clayton, Thousand Islands, New York will be returning to display several wooden racers.
Over 70 vendor booths, offering a wide variety of new products and services, will be present at the show. Ship’s Stores will provide a wide range of ACBS merchandise, as well as publications, posters and many other items. The ever popular cardboard boat building will continue, as well as a new program of Sea Flea construction for young boaters. Also offered will be a series of information seminars at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre.
Show hours are 9am- 5pm. Admission is $10. The entrance ticket to the show also includes admission to Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre Museum and a discount for a 1 hour Segwun Cruise the day of the show, a great added value to the day. For further information contact Rita Adams at [email protected] or visit our website at acbs.ca
The ACBS Summer 2013 Boat Show promises to be extremely popular. Please be sure to make arrangements for accommodation as soon as possible, visit www.discovermuskoka.ca/where-to-stay.html.
Come and Enjoy the Greatest Race Boat Show in Canadian History!!!
2013 ACBS-Toronto Summer Boat Show Accommodation Information (Update from Toronto Chapter ACBS 12/12/12)
Thanks to everyone for the positive comments about the upcoming 2013 Gravenhurst Boat Show. It is great to see the excitement and enthusiasm that is building. We have a wonderful event in the planning.
Many people were interested in making accommodations in the area. Please be sure to book early since this will be a very popular destination. The following website links provide easy online reservations:
Muskoka Hotels & Resorts:
Muskoka Bed & Breakfasts:
Several of the other larger towns in the area where lodging is available are: Bracebridge, Huntsville, Port Carling, Rosseau, and Minett. In addition, there are several lodges and hotels on the three big lakes: Muskoka, Rosseau, and Joseph.
Looking forward to an exciting 2013 Gravenhurst Boat Show!!
The story of Harold & Lorna Wilson and Miss Canada IV is now documented in a feature length movie – Now available on DVD for the holidays. You can see the story we ran on Woody Boater last week to announce that the DVD is now available to the right of this story. In case you missed it, the Harold & Lorna / Miss Canada IV team recently produced a great 2-minute movie trailer, which you can see below.
[youtube width=”440″ height=”344″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ld10yNw01D8[/youtube]
To learn more about the Harold & Lorna World Water Speed Champions and to order the DVD you can Click Here.
Thanks to Rita Adams & Kathy Rhodes at the Toronto Chapter ACBS for sharing this story with us, we are also looking forward to this unique one-of-a-kind event in July 2013.