U.S. Equipment and Hydroplane Racing
U.S. 1 World Record Holder,
200. 419 mph. driver Roy Duby
year was 1946. Worid War II was just over, and the U.S. government
was looking to sell tons of wartime machinery in order to get
America back to a peacetime economy. Now, qualified dealers could
sell machinery from the government stockpile and make a commission.
his tour of duty as a naval pilot during the war, George Simon
returned to Detroit and took advantage of the government's program.
He soon found himsetf selling refurbished machinery from his mother's
house. Expansion soon followed as his business grew and, along
with his brothers Joe and Al, the U.S. Equipment Company was bom.
needed something to bring notariety to his company. The annual
summer boat races on the Detroit River were extremely popular,
and George thought if his company had a boat to race that they
could spur interest in a lot of people, including buyers. He contacted
boat builder Dan Arena, who fashioned George's first Miss U.S.
only did George race his new boat, he also gave guests 100 mile
an hour rides. Miss U.S. became the key that unlocked many doors
in the business world for Simon. He raced on for 24 years with
a string of state-of-the-art Miss U.S. hydroplanes, ultimately
setting the world's straightaway record and winning the APBA Gold
a rainy morning in 1962, chief mechanic Roy Duby took Miss
U.S. 1 out onto Guntersville Lake in Alabama and set a new
propeller-driven piston record of 200.419 miles per hour
over the measured mile. Although today's jet turbine hydroplanes
have gone faster, Duby's record still prevails as the piston-powered
was to be the Simon family's day in the sun, June 27, 1976.
With young Tom D'Eath driving, George's 11th Miss U.S. bounced
over the rugged Detroit River to win the APBA Gold Cup,
It was to be Simon's 24th and last season of hydroplane
competition. He had promised his wife, Penny, that if he
ever won the Gold Cup, he'd retire from racing. George kept
Celebrating Miss U.S.'s 1976 Gold Cup victory are George
Simon, George Simon, Jr., and
driver Tom D'Eath
the business empire that George Simon founded continues to flourish
under the leadership of his sons Paul, and George, Jr. The U.S.
Equipment Company, and Cell-Con Cellular Concepts carry on the
strong traditions of George Simon and Miss U.S.