The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers rev up for the fastest boats in the world at Detroit Hydrofest 2018     Read More
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    DETROIT HYDROFEST 2018
    BOAT RACING ON THE DETROIT RIVER - AUG. 24-26, 2018
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In The News

  • May 16, 2018 - The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers rev up for the fastest boats in the world at Detroit Hydrofest 2018
  • Feb 11, 2018 - Big Night, Two Awards for the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest Team
  • Event Features...

    Each summer Unlimited Hydroplanes race at speeds touching 200mph on the Detroit River.

    • Free Friday! Admission to the Grandstand area and General Admission parks is free. Testing and qualifying from 1pm to 7pm.
    • APBA Gold Cup will have 4 rounds of qualification heats and a winner take all final.
    • HRL Grand Prix Hydroplanes powered by supercharged 468ci big-block engines with a top speed of 160MPH
    • 5 1960's Era Unlimited Hydroplanes will do exhibition runs daily.
    • Hot Rod show
    • Live music and entertainment

    Check out the Racing!

    These are the racing classes you will see at this year's race!

    Unlimited Hydroplanes

    Unlimited Hydroplane action from Detroit 2016! What does it mean to win the Gold Cup? See J. Michael Kelly's face at 11:30.

    Watch on YouTube

    Grand Prix Hydroplanes

    Spectacular Grand Prix hydro racing! And the noise! Watch Detroiter Andrew Tate take the win in Buffalo, NY.

    Watch on YouTube

    What's New?

  • Aug 2, 2017 - Roar of HRL and H-350 Hydroplane Boats Part of Powerful Race Weekend at the 2017 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest August 25-27
  • Jul 7, 2017 - Lawrence Technological University Student and Farmington Hills Resident, Daniel Stack, Wins Poster Design Competition Commemorating The Past And Future Of Hydroplane Racing In Detroit
  • Jun 8, 2017 - 2017 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest Announce Paul W. Smith, WJR AM 760 Morning Host, Grand Marshal And Sandy Ross, Retired Hydroplane Racer, Honorary Race Chairman
  • Apr 10, 2017 - The Spirit of Detroit HydroFest Supercharges Ahead with New Title Sponsorship from Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers
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    Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest Display Boat?

    Catch the display boat around the Detroit area!


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