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Gold Cup to Announce Title Sponsor

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DETROIT--Jarvis Property Restoration has been helping people in tough situations throughout the United States. And now the Harrison Township company has come to the aid of one the great sports traditions in the City of Detroit.

The GPYC presents the Jarvis Property Restoration Detroit APBA Gold Cup will take place July 9-11 on the Detroit River.

"We are very excited to be part of a great Detroit community sporting tradition," said Bill Jarvis, President of Jarvis Property Restoration. "When I heard the Gold Cup races might not take place, I knew we could help one of the great civic events in Detroit and keep the races going."
"The DRRA (Detroit River Regatta Association) is extremely excited that Jarvis Property Restoration stepped up to be the title sponsor," said Tom Bertolini, President of the DRRA. "The Detroit racing fans can now breathe a sigh of relief and get ready for some great boat racing."The Gold Cup is among the most prestigious of motorsport trophies, in part because it is the oldest active trophy in all of motorsports. The trophy was first awarded in 1904! In comparison, the first Indianapolis 500 race was held in 1911 and their Borg-Warner trophy was first awarded in 1936. Hydroplane racing became a tradition in Detroit when designer Christopher Columbus Smith (of the Chris Craft boat company) built a Detroit-based boat that would crack the 60 miles-per-hour speed barrier, capturing the Gold Cup in 1915.
In 1916 the Gold Cup came to Detroit and as the speeds grew so did the crowds, and hydroplane racing became a major Detroit event.

"We are excited to be an integral part of the Gold Cup tradition," added Jarvis. "Then to think we will be a part of awarding the Gold Cup after that final heat on Sunday...I can't wait."
The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club also has been a strong supporter of the keeping the Gold Cup in Detroit and it will be honored by inclusion in the title of the race-- The GPYC presents the Jarvis Property Restoration Detroit APBA Gold Cup.

"Detroit is the longest consecutive running hydroplane race on the unlimited circuit and there was no way we weren't going to do everything in our power to continue this great tradition," said Mark Weber, Executive Director of the DRRA. "We still have plenty of work ahead of us but we know what we are going to be doing on the second weekend of July-- we are going to racing on the Detroit River and Jarvis Property Restoration will be our partner."

Along with the unlimited hydroplanes, the Offshore Pro series, Superlight Tunnel Boats and a Vintage Race Boat Exhibition will fill the schedule with three days of exciting qualifying and boat racing.

Ticket prices range all the way from $205 to $10 with free seating available on Belle Isle and selected parks on the Jefferson side of the river. To purchase tickets, call 586-774-0980 or go to

Jarvis Property Restoration is a full service restoration company with offices located in Harrison Township, Michigan; Florida and Iowa. They maintain one of the largest inventories of emergency restoration equipment in the country. Jarvis has experience with commercial, industrial and residential restoration projects throughout the country and markets it services. The rapid response division is on call to provide assistance with FEMA emergencies. Jarvis worked extensively in disaster relief (Galveston Hurricane, Cedar Rapids, Boston and Nashville floods). Jarvis has strategically located offices throughout the markets it services to quickly deploy disaster recovery teams for residential and commercial repair services. Jarvis also has local offices in Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair County. Go to for more information.