Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 49° Partly Cloudy

Huckleberries Online

Diamond Cup Returns To Lake CdA

The image of the hydroplanes' rooster tails glowing under the moon off the dark lake surface is something Billy Schumacher will never forget. So vivid, so emotional is the memory that Schumacher, a Seattle native, is still looking for the right artist to capture the image forever. "I wish I could show you what I have in my mind right now," he said, thinking back to the night of Aug. 11, 1968, when he won the last Diamond Cup Regatta hydroplane race on Lake Coeur d'Alene. "One day, I'll be able to." Someday, someone will capture on canvas what Schumacher, from the cockpit of his racer, saw as he cut to the finish line that night - the exhaust flames dancing with the glowing tails atop the black surface. Until then, it's just a memory - a memory that "tops them all," Schumacher said. Forty-four years later, a revived Diamond Cup Regatta team is bringing back sanctioned hydroplane races to Lake Coeur d'Alene/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR photo: Racer Billy Schumacher, who won the last Diamond Cup race 44 years ago, talks to the media at Silver Beach Friday)

Question: Would the city of Coeur d'Alene support the hydroplane races today, if it had been given another chance to vote on them?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

Follow Dave online: