IMPSHI was the favorite of Horace Dodge and many old timers, remembered for her 15 year career, her striking beauty and her great running lines. She raced for more Gold Cups than any other boat in her era. With half a dozen name changes, she ran with all the great engines that Horace Dodge’s money could buy. The old racers had a hard life and Dodge as hard on his boats as anyone, maybe harder.
Smashed to smithereens in the 1934 Presidents Cup, as HORNET, Horace brought her back to life, rebuilt and re-christened her IMPSHI, winning the 1936 Gold Cup at Lake George with British pilot Kaye Don driving.
IMPSHI vanished a lifetime ago, so when Mark Mason acquired a cache of Dodge’s George Crouch India Ink drawings, it opened up a rare opportunity to build again one of the greatest designs from the magical days of Gentlemen’s Gold Cup racers.
This historic reconstruction of IMPSHI boasts her perfect lines from ancient drawings. Her original gold leaf graphics have been duplicated on her Vintage Ivory painted sides. Her cockpit has jewel like features found in the great sports racing machines of the 1930s; Bosch switches, Brooklands 4 spoke banjo racing wheel, Jaeger tachometer, pleated antiqued leather upholstery, nickel plated hardware and instrument cases with beveled glass lenses, only the best available for Horace’s legendary racer. A 600 cubic inch V8 offshore racing engine gives her authentic performance equaling her 1930’s speeds of 70+ MPH.
|Designer /year:||George F. Crouch 1925|
|Original Builder:||Horace E. Dodge, Detroit, MI|
|Hull Style:||Gold Cup Racer – Mutliple Step Hydroplane|
|Colors:||Ivory with Gold Leaf Graphics|
|Engine:||600 Cubic Inch GM V8 Offshore Racing Engine|
|Performance:||Cruises @ 50 MPH, Top Speed 70 MPH|
|Materials:||Ribbon Stripe African Mahogany|
|Construction Details:||Vacuum Bag Triple Planked Epoxy Cold Molded|
|Hardware:||Nickel Plated Cast Bronze|
|Dashboard:||Burled Mahogany Veneer|
|Instrumentation:||Nickel Cased Bevelled Glass Lenses|
|Steering Wheel:||British 1930’s Brooklands 4 Spoke Banjo Wheel|
|Upholstery:||Genuine Green Leather|
For more information, Mark Mason at 603-369-0042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.