It all began when Gar Wood stepped up and purchased a race boat named Miss Detroit in 1916. Gar Wood won five straight Gold Cup victories until, in 1921, politics and influence won out over speed as the determinant of success on the water.
The APBA announced the intent of their new restrictions: to encourage construction of so-called "Gentlemen's Runabouts," that would enable more gentlemanly uses of the boats when not racing. Learn more about the Packard Model 1237 V12 engines used in Hornet II and other early famous Gar Wood race boats here and by reading Robert J. If you drove what the APBA defined as a "gentleman's runabout" you could compete for the Fisher-Allison Trophy.


Gar Wood built ten Miss America race boats and set a new world speed record five times (up to 124.9 mph). See The Gar Wood Story by Fred Farley as posted on the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum website.
View a terrific old movie newsreel on YouTube about Gar Wood entitled, "The Silver Fox," with some very good footage of several classic boat races. Every frame has been redrawn from the original line drawings and table of offsets to reproduce the Flyer into an easily assembled boat. There are some 15 frames, 2 keels, twin hatch assembly, vertical cleats, gas tank fixing, drivers bench seat, breast hook, front and rear stems with knees etc.


This iconic racing boat was originally designed by George Crouch in 1924 and went on to win the 1924 and 1925 APBA Gold Cup. It has been said that the 16 foot Gar Wood speedster is, pound for pound, the most valuable classic production speed boat in the world. That same day, when he went to see his new boat in Algonac, he bought the boat yard itself, an outfit named, Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company.



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