Breaking: 2020 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest Announces Postponement of Race to 2021


Photo credit: Hydroplane Racing League

June 25, 2020

Detroit – The 2020 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest announces today that the 104-year old race will resume in 2021.
Race organizer, Mark Weber, President of Detroit Riverfront Events Inc. stated, “The City of Detroit’s caution amid the COVID-19 pandemic and current uncertainty for permitting organized events in 2020 will not allow for enough lead time to plan and execute the race.”
He continued, “We are fully supportive of the City of Detroit leaders’ responsibility to keep residents and visitors safe. Mayor Duggan and City Council, led by Council President Brenda Jones have been great partners to the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest. We look forward to an exciting race weekend August 27-29th, 2021.”
The 2020 race weekend was to take place on August 21 – 23rd. In addition to the races on Saturday and Sunday, race organizers had planned to host a “Riverfront Preview” night on Friday, August 21st, which would have been open to visitors to preview the race grounds and enjoy the Detroit Riverfront. Race organizers are planning to host the preview night in 2021. In 2019 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest was an all piston-powered event. It was the first year the Detroit race partnered with the Quebec-based, Hydroplane Racing League.

Plans for the 2021 race have not yet been determined.

The Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest delivers professional hydroplane racing to the Metropolitan Detroit Community each summer, since 1916. The race is managed by Detroit Riverfront Events and is dedicated to giving back to the community through charitable organizations. The race organizers are proud to have the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers as their title sponsor for the third consecutive year.

The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers (MDCD) The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Local Marketing Association (LMA) is comprised of 38 Chevrolet dealerships in Southeastern Michigan. It is the MDCD mission to take an active role in local communities and to support the Metro Detroit area by featuring local events, venues, bands, charities and people in its marketing campaigns. For a complete listing of the 38 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers and other information please visit


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  1. If the race promoters keep foisting the Grand Prix boats on us, the general public won’t care if there’s a “Hydrofest” or not! This is Detroit – Home of the Gold Cup! Cut it out with this hype of “thrilling, exciting action on the River”..It may be – to those involved with the Valleyfield Circuit..but not to those of us who can’t wait to see the Unlimiteds! Unlimited Hydroplane racing on the River is a Tradition, built from the days of Bill Muncey, Bernie Little, Chip Hanauer, Scott Pierce, Tommy lD’eath, to name a few..NOT the Canadians from Quebec! Bring back the Unlimiteds.. Detroit won’t be fooled by hype and flashy advertising! You’re going to slowly, but surely, “kill” this Tradition of Unlimited Hydroplanes on the Detroit River..We, the people, want Major League Boats competing..and by Major League, I mean Unlimited Hydroplanes..Is this too much to ask of the DDRA? Come on Weber, you used to drive these wondrous machines that flew over the water..I still remember the time you & your brother “ganged up” on the Miss Budweiser, coming out of the Belle Isle turn.. Just to refresh your memory – the crowd went wild! We miss that and want to see more Unlimited action.. Memories like that are forever.. Bring back the’s’s the Gold Cup

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