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Press: Slow Start To Hydro Races

All right, so the celebratory bottle-smack was a bust. The 2013 Diamond Cup Regatta hydroplane races won't be. On Wednesday, a staged media event in downtown Spokane to promote the hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d'Alene this Labor Day weekend drew all of one media outlet: The one you're holding in your hands right now. So when Spokane Mayor David A. Condon whacked Miss Spokane — the hydroplane, not the beauty queen- with a champagne bottle that refused to explode, there were no national TV cameras or live web feeds to make the red-faced moment go viral. Bad luck that almost nobody showed, and that embarrassed smiles, rather than champagne bottles, were all that were cracked? Hardly. It ended up feeling like the kind of good fortune that big events like these can always use to ramp up momentum/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Excited yet?

Hydroplane Racing Returns To CdA

The roar of hydroplanes will be heard again on Lake Coeur d’Alene this summer with a return to racing 44 years after the popular sport there ended. Hydro races are planned southeast of downtown as part of the Diamond Cup Regatta during Labor Day weekend, organizers announced this morning. This year’s event will feature sanctioned grand prix competitions, with an unlimited class exhibition race and plans for a sanctioned unlimited class race in 2013. This year’s event, including spectator seating, will be just outside city limits, near Silver Beach. Recalling drunken riots after races in the early 1960s, city voters twice have said they no longer want hydroplane racing in Coeur d’Alene. The new course for the boats, which reach speeds of 200 mph, will extend south from the Silver Beach area. Spectators will be able to line up along Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive and the Centennial Trail, outside the city’s jurisdiction. Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson this week signed a permit approving the event/Spokesman-Review. More here.

(Bart Rayniak SR file photo)

DFO: The location along Silver Beach might be a far better one than the previous one downtown.

Question: Would the return of hydroplane racing fare better with Coeur d'Alene voters today than it did in fall 1985 when three-quarters of the town opposed them?

Miss Budweiser To Return To CdA

Item: 1968 Miss Budweiser returns to Coeur d’Alene: Hydroplane promoting Diamond Cup Regatta, in 4th of July parade/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: The races aren’t back, but Miss Budweiser is. She’ll be on display this weekend and taking part in the Fourth of July Parade as a nod to Coeur d’Alene’s past, while promoting the inaugural Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup Regatta show Aug. 20-22. The August event is a weekend dedicated to the hydroplane races from 1958 to 1968 before finance troubles ended the run.

Question: Did troubled finances end the Diamond Cup run back in 1968, as the Coeur d’Alene Press insists? Or did the downtown riots that plagued the race end the run?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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