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