Diamond Cup hydroplane race returns after 40 year hiatus

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 2 at 5:24 AM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho. -- The last time hydroplanes raced on Lake Coeur d’Alene was in 1968.  On Labor Day weekend 2013, hydro fans and drivers experienced the return of the sport to the city.

The sound of the hydros powering across the water is what Mark Evans has waited to hear on Lake Coeur d’Alene for over 40 years.

“"So we love it and glad to be back,” said Evans. Coeur d'Alene, after all these years, it's fun."

But the Diamond Cup is more than just fun for Evans, it’s a chance for the veteran hydro driver to carry on his father’s legacy.

"Years ago, my dad Norm Evans raced over here and I was over here when I was a little kid and got to see it," Evans said.

Norm Evans drove a boat by the name of ‘Miss Spokane.’  Norm won the Diamond Cup one year along with a co-driver.

While the boats look a little different than in Norm Evans day and have turbine engines instead of pistons, the legacy of the Evans family is as strong as ever.

“"Oh heck, very emotional,” Evans added.  “Through the years - I've been racing for 40 some years and dad's been on my mind and I've been racing for him in a sense."
 

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