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Horace E Dodge Cup Race

Horace E Dodge Cup Race Event Busy Beaver Button Museum
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SPIRIT OF DETROIT ASS'N. RACE SOUVENIR BUTTON MYR Sheet Metal HORACE E. DODGE CUP RACE JUNE 28, 1970 DETROIT, MICH. NOT GOOD RACE DAY $4.00
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Blue text and image of speedboat on white background. MYR is outlined in white and blue.

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The Horace E. Dodge cup race was a championship race for hydroplane motorboats held in Detroit, Michigan. Millionare manufacturer Horace E. Dodge, son of the automobile manufacturer, was an avid boat enthusiast and racer (1925-1930) manufacturing boats from his Detroit plant from 1930-1936 during the Great Depression.

William Edward "Bill" Muncey (November 12, 1928 – October 18, 1981) was an American hydroplane racing legend from Detroit, Michigan. The International Motorsports Hall of Fame and hydroplane historian Dan Cowie described Muncey as "without question, the greatest hydroplane racer in history." Muncey was nicknamed "Mr. Unlimited" and won 62 races, which was the most races in the history of the sport until Dave Villwock broke his record in 2011.

From 1970 to 1975, Bill drove for his old friend Lee Schoenith's Gale Enterprises team from Detroit. Under the sponsorship of MYR SHEET METAL in 1970, Muncey won three races and finished third in National High Points. This marked the first time that Bill had won more than one race in any one season since 1962. Muncey and the Myr won the Horace E. Dodge Cup in Detroit.

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The First Golden Age. (n.d.). Retrieved November 12, 2019, from http://apbahs.org/bill-muncey.html.

Williams, D. D. (2009). Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.

Bill Muncey at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America​. (2019, October 17). Retrieved November 10, 2019, from https://www.mshf.com/hall-of-fame/inductees/bill-muncey.html

1970 Horace E. Dodge Cup - Seeking Speed, Bud Third At Detroit. (2019). Retrieved 13 November 2019, from http://www.lesliefield.com/races/1970_horace_e_dodge_cup_seeking_speed.htm

Daily Press - We are currently unavailable in your region. (2019). Retrieved 13 November 2019, from https://www.dailypress.com/history/dp-nws-dodge-boat-plant-20150829-stor...

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