A Gold Cup Curse? David’s Bad Luck in Detroit

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The Oh Boy! Oberto and Graham Trucking hydroplanes take a turn at close to 200 mph during last weekend’s APBA Detroit Gold Cup.

As the saying goes, “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.” Well that could not be further from the truth when it comes to Steve David, one of the nicest and most respected boat racers the sport has ever seen.

In 23 tries, the 59-year-old driver of the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison boat, which is owned by the city of Madison, Ind., has yet to finish atop the podium at the Detroit APBA Gold Cup. While it’s hard to believe that one of the best Unlimited hydroplane drivers of all time doesn’t have his name on the Gold Cup, which was first awarded in 1904, the results from last weekend’s 104th annual event didn’t make David’s drought in Detroit any easier to swallow.

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