Part­ing Shot

WHEN & WHERE March 1927, Bis­cayne Bay IM­AGE Un­der­wood Ar­chives/getty Images

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Gar Wood, March 1927.

Com­modore Gar Wood (cen­tre) in his speed­boat Miss Amer­ica V, equipped with 12 cylin­ders and two Lib­erty aero en­gines, after win­ning the an­nual Bis­cayne Bay Re­gatta with a salt-water speed record of 56.13mph. Gar, for Garfield, was born in 1880 and al­ready a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man be­fore be­ing con­sumed by the quest for speed on the water. Al­though num­ber V never broke the world water speed record, Wood him­self held it six times in other self-de­signed and built Miss Amer­i­cas. A mil­lion spec­ta­tors lin­ing the shore of the Detroit River watched his pur­suit of the Harmsworth Tro­phy in 1932. He died in 1971. To the right is his me­chanic, Orin John­son. At the wheel is Miss Mi­ami of 1927, Mar­cia Hand.

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