The UAW/GM Detroit Hydrofest featuring the 100th anniversary of the APBA Gold Cup runs Friday-Sunday, August 26th, 27th and 28th on the Detroit River in front of the historic Detroit Yacht Club on beautiful Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. The APBA Gold Cup is the oldest and most prestigious trophy in boat racing, and on this historic 100th anniversary, “Gold Cup fever” will be in the air!

Hometown hero Andrew Tate in the U-9 Delta Gear/Realtrac entry won the Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup three weeks ago in only his third race in the Unlimited ranks, so you know he will be pushing to join his father, two-time winner Mark Tate, to get his name on the Gold Cup. Current High Points leader Jimmy Shane in the U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank looks to repeat once more to make him as a three time winner, and the rest of the field will be racing as hard as possible to join the history books and get their name engraved on the Gold Cup!

We will bring you closer than ever to our action with multiple ways of getting the latest LIVE info directly to your browser, your phone or tablet!

Follow the 2016 UAW/GM Detroit Hydrofest APBA Gold Cup:

H1 2016 Mobile App: H1 LIVE Chat:
We believe the best way to follow our sport is with our new H1 2016 app. The live chat, race results, updated schedule information, video links to live streaming is just a small piece of what the app provides. Some of the H1 2016 app features will be EXCLUSIVE and will not appear on the website or other social media platforms, so get the app on your phone TODAY!


det_chat2During the UAW/GM Detroit Hydrofest, we will have LIVE chat available, allowing you to interact with our moderators in the pits, as well as fans from around the world!

(Beginning Friday, August 26 at 9:00 AM EDT)

H1 Facebook: Detroit Gold Cup Website:
Detroit_FBThe H1 Facebook page will be updated constantly throughout the weekend with near real-time information, interviews and results.


detroit_websiteThe Detroit Gold Cup website has all the info you need to be part of the race weekend, including FREE FRIDAY! Yes, Friday’s admission is FREE (Beginning at 1:00 PM EDT), so if you’re in the Detroit area, come on down to the Gold Cup course! Ticket & parking information, schedules and more are available on the site.



H1 Unlimited Driver’s Meeting 9:00 AM 9:30 AM
F2 Driver’s Meeting 10:00 AM 10:30 AM
Grand Prix Drivers Meeting 10:30 AM 11:00 AM
H1 Unlimited Testing 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
Formula 2 Testing 2:00 PM 2:30 PM
Grand Prix Testing 2:30 PM 3:00 PM
H1 Unlimited Testing 3:00 PM 4:00 PM
Formula 2 Testing 4:00 PM 4:15 PM
Grand Prix Testing 4:15 PM 4:30 PM
Unlimited Vintage 4:30 PM 4:50 PM
H1 Unlimited Qualifying 5:00 PM 7:00 PM
Drivers Physicals 7:00 AM 7:45 AM
H1 Unlimited Drivers Meeting 7:45 AM 8:15 AM
H1 Unlimited Testing 8:30 AM 9:30 AM
Formula 2 Drivers Meeting 8:30 AM 9:00 AM
Grand Prix Drivers Meeting 9:00 AM 9:30 AM
Formula 2 Testing or Heat 10:00 AM 10:30 AM
Grand Prix Testing 10:30 AM 11:00 AM
Lunch/Autograph session 11:00 AM 11:50 AM
H1 Unlimited Heat 1A 12:00 PM 12:15 PM
H1 Unlimited Heat 1B 12:20 PM 12:35 PM
Grand Prix Heat 1A 12:50 PM 1:00 PM
Grand Prix Heat 1B 1:05 PM 1:15 PM
Grand Prix Heat 1C 1:20 PM 1:30 PM
Formula 2 Heat 1:45 PM 2:15 PM
Unlimited Vintage 2:30 PM 2:50 PM
Grand Prix Heat 2A 3:00 PM 3:10 PM
Grand Prix Heat 2B 3:15 PM 3:30 PM
Grand Prix Heat 2C 3:35 PM 3:50 PM
H1 Unlimited Heat 2A 4:00 PM 4:15 PM
H1 Unlimited Heat 2B 4:20 PM 4:35 PM
Drivers Physicals 7:30 AM 8:30 AM
H1 Unlimited Testing 8:30 AM 9:30 AM
Formula 2 Drivers Meeting 8:30 AM 8:45 AM
Grand Prix Drivers Meeting 8:45 AM 9:00 AM
Formula 2 Heat 9:35 AM 10:00 AM
Grand Prix Heat 3A 10:10 AM 10:25 AM
Grand PrixHeat 3B 10:30 AM 10:45 AM
Grand Prix Heat 3C 10:45 AM 11:00 AM
Lunch/Autograph session 11:00 AM 12:00 PM
Opening Ceremonies 12:00 PM 12:45 PM
H1 Unlimited Heat 3A 12:55 PM 1:10 PM
H1 Unlimited Heat 3B 1:15 PM 1:30 PM
Grand Prix Consolation 1:40 PM 1:55 PM
Formula 2 Final Heat 2:00 PM 2:30 PM
H1 Unlimited Heat 4A 2:40 PM 2:55 PM
H1 Unlimited Heat 4B 3:00 PM 3:15 PM
Grand Prix Final Heat 3:30 PM 3:45 PM
Unlimited Vintage 3:45 PM 4:10 PM
H1 Unlimited Gold Cup Final Heat 4:20 PM 4:45 PM

2016 National High Points Standings (After Seattle)

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Jimmy Shane
1st: 4690 pts
J. Michael Kelly
2nd: 4411 pts
Brian Perkins
3rd: 3313 pts
Andrew Tate
4th: 2638 pts
Jean Theoret
5th: 2290 pts
Tom Thompson
6th: 2268 pts
Jimmy King
7th: 2039 pts
Jeff Bernard
8th: 1803 pts
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Kevin Eacret
8th: 1325 pts
Cal Phipps
7th: 1100 pts
Dustin Echols
11th: 0 pts



With H1 Gold Club membership, you get the following benefits:

  • Exclusive Gold Club polo
  • Gold Club embroidered hat
  • Collectible Gold Club Card with a lanyard.
  • Cold pit access to every event of the H1 Unlimited circuit *does not include event admission
  • Exclusive small group session with either a driver/crew chief/ official/owner at each event.

Sign up for the Gold Club for these exclusive benefits!


Grab Your H1 Gear!

The Atomic Shirt Factory has all the H1 Unlimited and team apparel to get you ready for the 2016 Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup and for the entire season.


H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes are the fastest circuit racing boats in the world, powered by turbine engines producing 3000 horsepower, topping 200 MPH and trailing a 60 foot tall, 300 foot long wall of water called a “roostertail”. The driver then turns left, hooked into the water with a 4 foot tall, 400 pound fin that throws another wall of water that hangs in the air all the way through the turn. When you add in the danger of having one of these 6,500 pound boats take off like an airplane and combine it with 12 boats and 12 drivers all wanting to win, it equals unrivaled excitement!

This year we bring even more to each event with the addition of the supercharged V-8 Grand Prix boats, fire-breathing hydros capable of blistering acceleration and 175MPH+ top speeds!

Follow the H1 Unlimited 2016 season starting July 1-3 in Madison, Indiana, the home of the only community-owned hydroplane on the circuit for the MainSource Bank Indiana Governor’s Cup Madison Regatta presented by Belterra Casino Resort on the Ohio River. Once more we race on the 2.5 mile course that extends under the rebuilt Milton-Madison bridge, adding another level of excitement to the event.

From there we head west to the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington July 29-31 for the HAPO Columbia Cup for a sun-baked weekend on one of he super speedways of the series – look for speeds topping 200 MPH before the boats turn left!

Seattle, Washington hosts the Albert Lee Appliance Cup August 5-7 on the historic Lake Washington hydroplane course. The Seafair event always results in great racing as a majority of the teams have home bases and sponsors in the greater Seattle area and a win in their hometown is tops on everyone’s list.

The UAW/GM Hydrofest in Detroit, Michigan brings the prestigious APBA Gold Cup back to the Detroit River August 26-28. With FREE FRIDAY and a grueling schedule of four, 5 lap heats on an unpredictable course, you will see some spectacular racing on one of the most spectacular courses on the circuit – the Roostertail Turn has to be experienced at least once in your life!

The 2016 season winds up on beautiful Mission Bay in San Diego, California at Bayfair September 16-18. The finale is sure to include a battle for the season high points championship, guaranteeing deck-to-deck battles until the final checkered flag!

Follow the 2016 H1 Unlimited circuit, and if you haven’t experienced Unlimited racing in person, choose an event, get down to the shore and see what makes this sport the most spectacular on the water!