DETROIT (WWJ) – This Friday more than a dozen boats will be out on the Detroit River warming-up for this weekend’s APBA Gold Cup race.

bianca bonincini gold cup Free Events For Gold Cup Fans This Friday

Bianca Bonincini hopes to be first woman to race one of these boats in the near future. She'll test drive the boats for the 2011 Detroit APBA Gold Cup Race.

 Friday’s events are free of charge.

Fans can watch the teams practice, get a look at the various boats that’ll be racing, get driver autographs and more. Mark Webber, Event Director, Detroit River Regatta Association, says it’s a very family-friendly event.

“We got ESPN Ride-rock-n-roll. We got BMX and skateboarders coming in. We have Disney putting on shows for the children on the main-stage,” Webber said.

Jordan Smith, spokesman for P-1 Powerboat USA says there’s a new entry into the race line-up this year.

“It’s called the P-1-28 SS Panther. We just call it the Panther to shorten that. But, it’s got a removable rear cowl where it can go from a performance boat to a pleasure boat in just a five-minute process. So, one weekend you’re out there racin’ with all the other drivers and the next weekend you’re taking your kids out and having a day on the lake,” Smith said.

You can get a glimpse of the Panther on Friday, July 8th.

There’ll also be concerts both Friday and Saturday nights.

Get more details at this link.


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