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Gar Wood Plaque: "Greetings Gar Wood. Wood Hydraulic Hoist & Body Co. Miss America X Worlds Fastest Boat 124.91 M.P.H." with the image of Miss America X above the words

(Detroit?) (1933?) Oblong 3.625 x 2.375 stamped lightweight bronze-colored metal over a black metal back with back support, small punched hole above back support (to hang on wall), no makers mark. Front is very good, back is pitted. Gar Wood, 1880-1971, was one of the foremost, if not the foremost motorboat racer of the 20th century. He won the Harmsworth trophy nine times between 1920-1933 racing different versions of the boat Miss America and was the winner driver for eight of the races (his brother George won in 1931.) In 1932, Gar Wood debuted Miss America X, which was the fastest boat for that era, breaking world records by going over two miles a minute at 124.91 m.p.h. After Wood and Miss America X won the 1932 and 1933 Harmsworth Trophy races, he retired so he could focus on his various businesses, one of which built speedboats. SCARCE Gar Wood item, a "twin" to this one was sold in 2010 and a paperweight with the exact same image/stamping was sold in 2015. Previous owner had possession of it for many years, not appearing at any recent auctions. Our plaque and the two other items that sold at auction are the only ones we have come across. Lovely image of Miss America X riding the waves, her driver (Gar Wood) at the wheel.

Book Id: 99-3783

Price: $350.00

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