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Diamond Cup a go for 2014

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Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 9:58 am

COEUR d’ALENE – H1 Unlimited announced that the 2014 racing schedule will include a return to the Diamond Cup on Lake Coeur d’Alene this summer.

H1 Chairman Sam Cole said the organization is delighted to be returning to Coeur d’Alene, with its rich history in unlimited hydroplane racing. He said the 2013 race was very well received by the fans and the community.

“I am glad we were able to resolve the issues that were standing in the way of announcing the 2014 Diamond Cup and I speak for all our owners, race teams, officials and fans when I say we are looking forward to returning to beautiful Coeur d’Alene Labor Day weekend,” Cole said over the weekend.

“We are very excited to have the final contract in place for the classes that we will have in Coeur d’Alene in 2014,” said Doug Miller, of the Diamond Cup organization.

With everything finalized with H1 Unlimited, Miller added, “We can move forward with the planning of Diamond Cup weekend and we look forward to growing the event and becoming a regular stop on the H1 Unlimited tour.”

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  • downtowncda posted at 7:37 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    downtowncda Posts: 459

    Like they do for 4th of July, Car d' Alene, Art on the Green. Police and emergency crews are there if needed. Would you have all these events cancelled because you don't want police or emergency crews a bit of overtime?

    I do believe there was some money made from the $10.00 per car parking fee at the fairgrounds. Perhaps this was used to "offset" some of the overtime. You are complaining about a very small cost compared to big returns from these events.

  • downtowncda posted at 6:22 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    downtowncda Posts: 459

    So much negativity. This is not a new event to the United States. There are many locations that have been hosting these races for decades and it has brought large amounts of money into their area. Sure - there are rough spots and learning opportunities when starting out anything new. If these private individuals and race boat owners are willing to take the risk again this year, we should be very happy.

    We certainly know that the city or county would not dream of attempting to host any large event even if they know it would bring big returns once the event was established. Too many doomsayers would vote them right out of office. If it were up to them, our biggest and only event would still be the County Fair.

    Our area is perfect for capturing more tourism and event dollars and call me silly, but I think CDA could use the money. This is not just about one group of guys that stands to benefit from this event. The lodging and food establishments can tell you that. Ironman, Car d' Alene, 4th of July celebrations and Art on the Green prove " if we host it, they will come".

    We should support efforts to generate revenue for our area. I wonder if a reporter could gather data on what money these events bring in to our community with a projection on the hydro races based on other venues?

  • parenttoo posted at 10:51 am on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    parenttoo Posts: 91

    Well said. Sometimes I think it is forgotten how Ironman, also a private (mega) corporation, impacts the citizens of CDA. Not sure we are privy to their financial statements either. Most certainly not saying Ironman is a negative, just being realistic about one of many annual events in the area.

  • posted at 8:27 am on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.


    Good suggestion, Rogue. Will do later this week.

  • iwassam posted at 7:05 am on Tue, Mar 18, 2014.

    iwassam Posts: 50

    why would they put their feet into it?

  • Rogue Cop posted at 11:23 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2355

    Don't be giving Mike Patrick C R A P about this. The CdA Press isn't putting it on.

    I would suggest that you do a poll, Mike, to see if anyone really give's a rat's behind about this event.

  • ProIdaho posted at 8:06 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    ProIdaho Posts: 255

    First, do you own a boat that is used on Lake Coeur d'Alene? If so, then you DO pay to be on it by licensing your boat.....just like all other boaters are required to do who use the lake.

    Second, I didn't realize that a lake that has almost 50 square miles of surface area with only approximately 1 square mile of racecourse space was "relinquishing the lake".

  • oscar posted at 6:29 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    oscar Posts: 1302

    Too bad..............

  • charliek60 posted at 4:54 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    charliek60 Posts: 204


  • Jullee posted at 3:03 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    Jullee Posts: 541

    The city had extra police and emergency crews either on standby or there receiving over time.
    Tax payer money.
    Plus a few other things that the city flipped for and the odd thing is this is held in the county not city and it is a private affair but the city did it anyway.

  • DCIDAHO posted at 2:27 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    DCIDAHO Posts: 2601

    If it's a private event, why do us citizens have to relinquish our lake or pay just to be on it?

  • Why Not posted at 2:21 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    Why Not Posts: 4648

    Awesome, I'm glad they were able to resolve the financial issues and the races will be back. Many people put their heart and sole into making it work last year. Yes there were organizational problems and some people were put off by the event, but that's to be expected and it should get better with experience.

    Spudman, being disrespectful towards people on welfare, lake lubbers, tree huggers and even the uninformed, not nice. They all have a right to their opinions, even if they seem ridiculous.

  • spudman1 posted at 1:16 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    spudman1 Posts: 470

    Also, be careful Mike Patrick you are being sensible with your explanation. Many here on this site are not interested in common sense. Only being hateful and destructive to anything that does not benefit them directly.
    Matters not the jobs and income produced for the community. Do not disrupt their path to the food stamps, free cell phones and housing and for God's sake their unimpeded access to "THEIR LAKE!"

  • jmowreader posted at 1:15 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    jmowreader Posts: 1320

    Define "rich history." The history of the races I've seen, says we had Unlimited racing for eleven years (summer of 1958 to summer of 1968) and it ended because the organizers ran out of money and the townspeople quit caring about the races.

  • spudman1 posted at 1:09 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    spudman1 Posts: 470

    No matter how many times it has been posted and explained there is always' the uniformed ready to hope for the worst. There were no trees cut down by Idaho parks and rec for viewing of the hydroplane races last year. A picture of a cut stump on private property was posted. That was a tree near Tony's restaurant..

    That was cut by the land owner at their discretion. Perhaps it was dead and posed a hazard to the public?

    Also, the entire rest of the lake is available to those that have the resources to drive on further or even just use the public beach in the city , the new park. Spokane river beach or Tubbs hill. How ridicules can you get?

  • private citizen posted at 12:40 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    private citizen Posts: 779

    I guess we that live in that area have to pick another lake for labor day week end
    Well it will be a lot of fun for the most part. please don't go cutting trees down for more seating this is not a concrete race car venue this is the shoreline of CDA I can see ugly coming.

  • carol posted at 12:20 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    carol Posts: 500

    There was mention that there are too many trees there currently and "they" would like them to be removed for more views and vistas.

  • downtowncda posted at 12:00 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    downtowncda Posts: 459

    What great news! Hope we can keep it going. This event has the potential to be a very large income producer for our local area. A bit o' shade this year would be nice for us older folks. Thanks for all the hard work and investment you guys did to bring it back.

  • posted at 11:51 am on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.


    Ola Manana:
    We'll post a more detailed story tonight. While I'm not certain you or I will ever know where the money to put on the 2014 event is coming from, for the same reason, I'm confident that taxpayers won't be stuck with any of the past-due bills. Diamond Cup is a private enterprise, which means Doug Miller can keep financial cards as close to his vest as he chooses. And so far he's decided to keep them mighty close. It also means he and his colleagues - not local taxpayers - are financially responsible. - Mike

  • manana posted at 11:28 am on Mon, Mar 17, 2014.

    manana Posts: 179

    Since it was conveniently left out of the story, do we, the local taxpayers, presume that somehow we're getting stuck with paying past and future bills for this? There was a lot of money owed for last year and necessary to be paid for next. Where is it coming from? This is the problem with a local newspaper which is really only interested in promoting downtown business special interests.

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