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Diamond Cup Hydros Return To Coeur d'Alene

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The roar of high-powered engines will be ever-present at Lake Coeur d'Alene this Labor Day weekend, as The Diamond Cup and H1 Unlimited Hydroplane racing return to the north Idaho inland sea as the seventh stop on the H1 Hydroplane circuit.

According to diamondcuprace.com, the sanctioned race will be located along Coeur d'Alene's Lakeshore Drive in the Silver Beach area. The three-day event is expected to draw over 50,000 spectators.

Three types of boats will be on hand at The Diamond Cup: H1 Unlimited (unlimited), Grand Prix West Racing (1500 horsepower inboard big blocks), and Vintage (unlimited and limited 7 Litre Class).

It's been a while since The Diamond Cup was last held at Lake Coeur d'Alene -- 45 years, to be exact -- but hydroplanes have graced its glassy surface recently in smaller races with limited boats or demonstrations.

The two-mile track can withstand seven boats to run side-by-side, widest on the H1 Unlimited Circuit. Eight boats race in each heat.

Parents are encouraged to bring their young ones out to the event. The venue is expected to have "bouncy inflatables, games, face painting and more for younger children." The website adds that security is provided to ensure a safe environment.


Friday, Aug. 30

9:00 ALL Driver/Crew Chief
Pre-Water Meeting
8:00-12:00 Testing: H1 Unlimited
& Grand Prix West
12:15-12:45 Monster Wakeboard Demo
1:00-2:00 Testing: H1 Unlimited
& Grand Prix West
2:15-2:45 Monster Wakeboard Demo
3:00-5:00 H1 Unlimited Qualifying
5:15 Vintage Hydroplane Exhibition
5:30 Super 1 Foods Grand Prix West
Dash for Cash

Saturday, Aug. 31

8:00 H1, Vintage, GPW Physicals
8:30-9:30 Grand Prix West Qualifying
9:30-11:00 H1, GPW Testing
11:00 Budweiser Vintage Heat 1 Limited
11:30 Budweiser Vintage Heat 1 Unlimiteds
11:45 H1 Drivers Meeting
12:15 GPW/Vintage Drivers Meeting
12:15-12:45 Monster Wakeboard Demo
1:00 Grand Prix West Heat 1A
1:30 Rex Manchester Memorial
H1 Unlimited Heat 1A
2:00 Bardahl Corporation
H1 Unlimited Heat 1B
2:30-3:30 H1 Autograph Session
2:30-3:30 Monster Wakeboard Demo
3:30 Grand Prix West Heat 2A
3:50 Budweiser Vintage Heat 2A Limiteds
4:10 Budweiser Vintage Heat 2A Unlimiteds
4:30 H1 Challenge Heat(s)
4:50 Press Conference
Media Tent (All Drivers)

 Sunday, Sept. 1:

8:00 H1, Vintage, GPW Physicals
8:30 Testing H1 Unlimiteds
10:00 Hagadone Hospitality
Vintage Exhibition
10:30 Opening Ceremonies
11:00 UnlimitedNewsJournal.Net
H1 Unlimited Heat 2A
11:30 Atomic Screenprinting
H1 Unlimited Heat 2B
12:00-12:45 Monster Wakeboard Demo
1:00 Beacon Plumbing
H1 Unlimited Heat 3A
1:30 Les Schwab H1 Unlimited Heat 3B
1:45-2:30 Monster Wakeboard Demo
1:45-2:15 H1 Drivers Autograph Session
2:45 NAPA Auto Parts H1 Provisional Heat
3:00 Hagadone Hospitality Vintage Finale
3:30 Universal Funding Corporation
Grand Prix West Final
4:00 Riverstone Development
H1 Unlimited Diamond Cup
5:00 Press Conference
Media Tent (All Drivers)