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Shane wins as Diamond Cup returns to Coeur d'Alene for first time in 45 years

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Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Thousands lining the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene roared as six unlimited hydroplanes squared off for the final race that would determine the first Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup champion since 1968.

It was a five-lap race in the final, with Jimmy Shane in the Graham Trucking boat finishing in front, pulling off a 49.7-second lap on the 2-mile course, clocking 145 mph. That was the fastest lap of the race.

He was 2 mph below his qualifying time, which was the fastest time on the course this weekend.

"We knew it would be rough on the big lake and the winner would be the last man standing. I go out and drive as hard as I can and sometimes it works out," Shane said from the podium in the parking lot of the BeachHouse restaurant. "What a great place for us to race. The city and the people have been great and you could not ask for a more beautiful setting."

Miss Beacon Plumbing, piloted by J. Michael Kelly, held the second spot all through the race, but jumped the start clock and wound up having to take a sixth lap which put him in the 6th position at the finish.

That moved the Oh Boy! Oberto boat, driven by Steve David, into the second spot after running in third place throughout the race - he never broke the 130 mph mark.

Kip Brown, with the Spirit of Qatar boat, finish third with an average speed of 124 mph.

Tom Thompson, in the Peters & May Boat, held a strong fourth place, but recorded a fuel flow violation which disqualified him, moving rookie Mark Evans in the FEDCO boat up to fourth.

The Oberto boat lost a propeller in a preliminary race, which cost David points in the overall season standings, and lowered his lead over Shane to just 43 points going into the final race of the season - Sept. 13-15 in San Diego.

"I think we are going into the final race of the season with the closest points race in history," David said.

At the awards ceremony the H1 Unlimited P.A. announcer recognized Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup President Doug Miller for such a successful first-year event.

"This man had the vision for this race for I don't know how many years," the announcer said, as he invited Miller to the podium.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you," Miller said.

The announcer told the crowd that the H1 Unlimited has penciled in Coeur d'Alene for Labor Day weekend 2014, but added they did it in ink.

Bob Hughes, president of Moss Madison, who owns the Oberto boat said that he spent a week with Miller a couple of years ago to plot out the return of the Diamond Cup.

"He really did a great job," Hughes said. "It's just been a fabulous weekend."

After the ceremony Miller said, "We knew we could do it."

"I really can't describe how I feel right now," he said. "I am 200 percent numb right now.

"We had so many starts and stops along the way, but we did it," he said. "The doubters can go home now."

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  • aayupp posted at 4:20 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    aayupp Posts: 315

    seriously folks- I think this is good for the community whatever event type it is -if it draws in folks esp out of towners with big money -that's a win win -but why on earth don't you reap the benefit even more by charging much higher bed tax and higher rental cars tax and so forth and so on. you will see that many heavy tourist places do charge more than dumb old Idaho does. instead -they want to keep taxing the poor wage earners that have to make a living here.

  • aayupp posted at 4:13 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    aayupp Posts: 315

    where is graham trucking from? sheesh - was this an upset as I don't really follow this sport much? or, does anyone really follow this sport, though? so let me get this right- so folks actually paid for a yello school bus ride down to the viewing point where you paid to go sit in bleachers to watch this "spectacle" ?? I want a real fan explain this spot to me> I suppose its similar to drag racing? which is pretty cool and loud but that's about it.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:38 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530



    The problem is, sad to say, to many locals are also the sellouts.

  • efromm posted at 7:22 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    efromm Posts: 669

    Downtowner what kind of ride were you cruising in? I had a red 67 Chevelle the only one in town. Who did you hang with down there I might know you? I would cruise to the cove bowl. Sherman was 4 lanes with truck traffic too. Down town used to be for locals back then. And we had timber jobs to support the area not tourism. If your from here you would remember that. You would remember that timber really paid for this place. LOL single wide. Man you haters you know that trailer joke is pretty old and lame. Kinda like the sheep ones about Montana folks.

    38 years to move to a quieter spot? It's his home. That I think is the most troubling point of all of this. For the new locals they could care less about the real locals. It seems that they just want them out of the way so they can re do the whole town. Which they have done pretty well. I think it is disingenuous to BUY your LOW numbered license plates. As if to claim that you have been a long standing local. I see a lot of posers around here. Which is funny cause every one wants to be Idahoan but not be an actual Idahoan.

    It's sad really. Cause this place is so full of history and beauty. What they call tourism is nothing more than bars and places to eat. A theme park. All of this has nothing to do with Idaho. It's just an amusement park moved north from down south. The natural beauty of the lake is being littered with cheap boxes with lights in them all around the lake.

    The locals don't or can't spend? Really? So how did all the city's bills get paid then? Who paid for all the infrastructure? The city hall? Tourism? Cda has resorted to pan handling on a grand scale. If you build it it will come has been the mantra. People need to remind themselves of where they came from and where they are at.

    This place has so much more to offer than tourism and hydroplanes and iron man. And all the other things the city puts on now. They are all designed to take money from your pockets. Coming here should refresh your soul. Not drain your bank account.

    I am sure the majority of you would not have moved here if your original "home town" would have stayed the same. If the population would not have exploded. What caused that explosion? Will it happen here? Opps it did. And now you are the ones telling the locals how their town should be. The only difference I see is that your not speaking Spanish when you do it. Not all of you. Some of you came here with the right heart and attitude. IT was those that came after you that ruined it.

    Oh remember when Richard Butler moved to Idaho from where? California.
    I can remember that...

  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:14 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    That is a excellent Idea jmowreader.

  • Downtowner posted at 6:17 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Downtowner Posts: 107

    LMYCDA says-
    "Well said. I have lived in the residential core of downtown for over 38 years and am an advocate of stopping speeders, stopping stop sign violators, stopping drunks that walk into my neighborhoods and trying to bring our residential core back to a family atmosphere. I live just about 5 blocks from the downtown bars/restaurants. We deal with drunks, walking, driving etc., all summer and into the winter. Our city has one vision...bars, restaurants, etc."

    Do you not remember that Sherman used to be THE spot for cruising? Ratskellers down east end and cars would go all the way to 1st Ave ... honking- yelling-laughing-gas fumes- drinking and fighting all night long? More control now than then...if truly do live downtown you have had 38 years to move to quieter spot. And thanks to the out of towners there is foreign bucks spent here as locals don't/can't spend as much as them...this helps the locally owned businesses/tax collectors etc that is big boost to local economy. Time to move your single-wide to the country maybe?

  • srfost posted at 5:30 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    srfost Posts: 42

    Yeah no kidding. LMYCDA needs to take a physics course as well as an economics course.

  • j2 posted at 3:02 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    j2 Posts: 52

    I vote to get rid of LCDC. That should be our 1st priority!

  • j2 posted at 2:58 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    j2 Posts: 52

    Faster over water? Really?

  • murphyk posted at 8:26 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    murphyk Posts: 13

    HUH? how so? explain your self. tell me how more dollars were left behind this weekend than a week of ironman?

  • jmowreader posted at 7:42 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    jmowreader Posts: 1215

    Suggestion for next year: add "run what ya brung" boat drag races to the event. I'm not kidding.

    The biggest complaint I heard from the people who went to the race was the length of time between runs.

    There are quite a few bass boats around here, and bass boats generally have 250-horse, or larger, outboard motors. There are also a lot of ski boats, and they all have hundreds of HP. Let's string off a one-mile course with two lanes, charge anyone who wants to participate $20 per boat, require life jackets, kill lanyards and helmets for all participants, and let 'em go at it. This would solve the problem of the lake being empty between heats. You'd have a bass boat class and a ski boat class. People would like it.

  • Publius posted at 6:04 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    Publius Posts: 17


    A liberal NIMBY with an attitude and a hate-on for a good event.

    Good show Diamond Cup! Can't wait until next year!

  • Old Gyrene posted at 3:41 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    Old Gyrene Posts: 87

    Ha! Perhaps you should take a college course in economics.

  • Old Gyrene posted at 3:39 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    Old Gyrene Posts: 87

    Too bad there are still inbred rednecks living in CDA who have nothing good to say about ANY event held there. I remember the excitement the Hydro's brought to town back in the early 60's. It was a big family event to hike up the trail on Tubbs Hill to watch the races. Great to see them back. Perhaps LMYCDA should move up to Sandpoint....if they would have him.

  • cdaman1 posted at 3:19 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    cdaman1 Posts: 26

    All you nay-sayers crack me up. Is there anything that this town does that you like? All I read is a bunch of moaning and groaning about how everything that happens affects you in a negative way. It's too hot, it's too cold, it's too loud, it's too..... well you get the point. Nothing ever is good enough for you unless we all cater to your exacting standards. Well guess what, it's not going to happen! I for one thoroughly enjoyed the hydroplanes on CDA lake. Before you call me an out of towner or don't remember "way back when" or don't know what I'm talking about you're wrong. I Won't bore you with all my lifetime sporting adventures, but suffice to say, I'm able to compare the diamond cup with many other large events I've attended around the country. It was a great 3 days that I spent with my son, friends and 1000's of other attendees. Not once did I witness anything negative, hear anything negative or see anything I wanted to avoid (unlike other events I've attended). This was a great event that I hope to attend it for many years to come. Not often can I share with my son the same thing my parents were a part of back in the 50's and 60's here in CDA. My son had an incredible time, sitting in the boats, talking to the drivers, getting photos with them and autographs that he can reminisce over for the next year until the thunderboats come back. A big thank you to those that made the hydroplane races possible this year. A day later, I still can't get the smile off my face or the goosebumps off my arms because of the awesome sound and speed. I can't wait until next year. To you nay-sayers, give life a try. The experience is pretty awesome.

  • cdafan posted at 3:17 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    cdafan Posts: 21

    LMYCDA: Live here, work here and pay taxes here. I'm not the party guy, so don't play that card. We have such a beautiful place to live and there are so many good things about our city. However, if we look at the comments of certain people, any intelligent person can see that it mostly negative. Please show me something positive that has been written lately.

  • I_Am_an_American posted at 2:47 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    I_Am_an_American Posts: 30

    Ugly event.

  • LMYCDA posted at 1:25 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    Well said. I have lived in the residential core of downtown for over 38 years and am an advocate of stopping speeders, stopping stop sign violators, stopping drunks that walk into my neighborhoods and trying to bring our residential core back to a family atmosphere. I live just about 5 blocks from the downtown bars/restaurants. We deal with drunks, walking, driving etc., all summer and into the winter. Our city has one vision...bars, restaurants, etc.

  • LMYCDA posted at 1:04 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    And was a buzzing as far away as 2 miles. Sound carries much faster over water..something those that are so in love with SPEED don't care about!!

  • LMYCDA posted at 12:58 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    Did our county make money or did we lose money because of having to provide police support, garbage clean up, etc.?

  • concernedcitizen posted at 12:58 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    Better be careful who you vote for in the up coming city elections. We have locals running that are clones of the "Good Ole Boys and Girls". There are those willing sell CdA right down the river if it makes them a profit. These people are for progress at any cost even if it is to you and me.

  • LMYCDA posted at 12:39 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    Please, can you or the Press or anyone provide what the gross profits were?

  • LMYCDA posted at 12:38 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    And, if we leave it up to REPUBLICAN'TS.................they won't have any health insurance!!!!!!!!!!

  • LMYCDA posted at 12:36 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    Last word to you. YOU DON'T LIVE HERE DO YOU!!!

  • LMYCDA posted at 12:35 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    You just made the point.............OUT OF TOWN!!! Why is our last holiday weekend again filled with OUT OF TOWNERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LMYCDA posted at 12:34 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    IT WON'T HAPPEN. The people that voted against it...are ready to again make sure it won't happen again.

  • LMYCDA posted at 12:33 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    Nope, foxpop, not on my TUBBS HILL. We voted against these races and they cannot do them in the city limits, that is how Hagadone got them back...he went just a few feet out of the city limits!! I agree with most you have said...but will not ever happen near Tubbs ever again!!

  • LMYCDA posted at 12:30 pm on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    LMYCDA Posts: 1841

    No, he does speak the truth. I walk downtown every morning and the trash, beer cans and busted beer bottles was more than a normal Labor Day weekend. We had people in our neighborhood that were yelling and screaming about the next day of races (Sunday)...loud music from Sherman Ave., that is heard by residents over 5 blocks away. I think that voxpop loves this place as I do but am tired of people like you cdafan (do you live here) screwing up every dam weekend for those that live here and pay taxes here so you can come play and party here. Nuff said.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 9:22 am on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    You are correct but the Hydroplane owners, drivers and pit crew have WAY more disposable income than Ironman any day and are more likely to spend in the community.


    I believe that to be so and probably why current government is so h#!!bent on acquiring it so they can stick the screws to "REDNECK" motor crowd.

  • Intrepid posted at 8:51 am on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    Intrepid Posts: 1057

    How fun, how mundane. A suggestion. Hydroplane 'X' Racing. Hook some para-sailers up to those monsters and score them for trick points. Let's make it our own special from of competitive venue. Now that would make national television and fill up the local hospitals at the same time.

  • oscar posted at 8:45 am on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    oscar Posts: 1086

    Contrary to what the press says, the reality is the "crowds" looked pretty sparse. The locals support this town, not the tourist. The tourist support the restaurants, hotels and touristy shops. The locals support the rest of the economy through their hard labor daily and consistent spending of their dollar in town.

  • niff posted at 8:44 am on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    niff Posts: 26

    Can anyone speculate what will happen if ITD is successful with its offer to Cd'A to take ownership and control of the Cd'A Lake Dr. stretch where the event was held? The ordinance would apply there would it not?

  • ancientemplar posted at 8:16 am on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1176

    The races could beard in the far hills of Mica flats and cougar gulch Twas a buzzing in my ears.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:09 am on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    WAY better turn out than Ironman. Awesome event. :)

  • Talkjoc posted at 7:19 am on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    Talkjoc Posts: 38

    Take a pill you guys. A city ordinance prohibits the races from being held off of Tubbs Hill. So, that's a non issue. Congrats to all involved, well done. Many (a lot) that attended were from out of town, spent money at local shops and restaurants and just might come back again at a later time to spend more money and help the LOCAL economy. For the life of me, I can't understand some of you guys who are against everything. Take a well-deserved bow Coeur d'Alene, you've earned it!

  • Flash Gordon posted at 6:43 am on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1280

    There was a very good reason why hydroplane racing was discontinued after the 1967 Diamond Cup. I suppose if "that" never occurs again then next year is a possibility for race organizers.

    If it runs next year it will be downtown after all the construction has been completed. However, the issue of Tubbs Hill will be an even bigger controversy to local residents than the Silver Beach fiasco.....I am not at all in favor of closing Tubbs Hill off to the "non paying public" during a labor day weekend of hydroplane racing.....

    I can't imagine SOS and the Tubbs Hill Preservation Society being silent about the effect this event will have on that property...........

  • voxpop posted at 5:17 am on Mon, Sep 2, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    C'mon, honestly, does any one think the Press would write anything other than HOORAY FOR US!!! Tell you what though. I'm perfectly willing to put up with these races, even if they're held just off Tubbs Hill (likely next year?) if in trade we can get rid of LCDC. They're far more dangerous than a few drunk (or drugged) bozos from Spokane.

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