ELMA, Wash. – The Atomic Cup returns to the picturesque setting of Bowers Lake at Vance Creek Park, Saturday, May 4.
This is ERCU’s second year at the great park, which is as perfect a setting as any other that we visit each year, and the race name being “Atomic Cup” is perfect, with the race course being in the shadow of the Satsop Development Park, which is the nuclear power plant that was scrapped by the Washington Public Power Supply System back in the 1980s. With two massive cooling towers still standing, however, it still looks like a nuclear power plant.
Contest Director Ron Daum has announced that race setup will begin with the arrival of the trailer around 8 a.m., followed – as usual – by registration, open water, and the mandatory drivers meeting, which will be held at 10:45 a.m. Modern heat 1A will be run shortly after the conclusion of the drivers meeting.
The Atomic Cup will follow the normal race format, with three preliminary heats of five laps each for both the modern and vintage class. First and second connies for both modern and vintage will be run dependent on the number of boats that turn out, with the winner of the first connie advancing to the finals as a trailer boat, starting five seconds behind the front line starters. The second place boat in the first connies will be allowed to mill in the final as the alternate.
Both finals are winner-take-all championship finals.
Vintage boat owners may use the props of their choice.
Cougar Racing Team will provide a couple of dozen donuts for those in attendance, and Great Lakes Boat Shop will provide Starbucks coffee. A Poker Run will also be held for a $25 gift certificate to the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum gift shop. A card will be given to each driver for every heat he finishes throughout the day. At the awards presentation, the driver with the best poker hand will win the gift certificate.
Nelson Holmberg swept the Atomic Cup finals in 2012, winning the modern with his 2010 Formula Boats model, and the vintage with Ben Keller’s 1957 Hawaii Ka’i III.