Guntersville, Alabama (April 16, 2018) – Guntersville Lake HydroFest will be the biggest event in Marshall County this summer, with two classes of hydroplanes, racing at speeds of 200 mph, as they compete in the first H1 Unlimited hydroplanes national high points championship race to be held in Alabama since 1969. “The entire hydroplane family is looking forward to Guntersville as our kick-off event in 2018,” said Charlie Grooms, Vice Chairman of H1 Unlimited, the national governing body for hydroplane racing. “The community has done an excellent job of getting things together for a fantastic racing weekend.” The Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce the official name – The Race for the Southern Cup.
The Race for the Southern Cup renews one of the area’s most popular tourist events of all times. This historic event coincides with Alabama’s preparations this year to celebrate the best of our history for the upcoming Bicentennial year in 2019. Many locals fondly remember past races and eagerly anticipate a thunderous return to the water this summer. Guntersville joins other cities, such as Detroit’s APBA Gold Cup and Tri-City, Washington HAPO Columbia Cup, in naming this celebrated event.
“The Guntersville Lake HydroFest features a new trophy soon to be coveted by all–The Southern Cup. The H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes will race for the Southern Cup at this extreme event on the South’s fastest water,” said Larue Kohl, 2018 Guntersville Lake HydroFest Chairman.