Gold Cup race boats of the 1920’s have always represented the ultimate in mahogany speedboats. Now, almost a century later, many of those old beauties have vanished in flames or disintegrated into the depths of some lake or river.
Some of the “so-called” reproductions built in recent times had their design scaled off a photograph or sketched out on the back of a placemat in a roadside diner. Mark Mason has been collecting original historic plans and lines for 1920’s Gold Cup race boats for half a century. Many of these plans are in the original India ink on fragile old linen and crumbling velum.