Racer's Edge--How Chris-Craft got its start

Racer’s edge—Chris-Craft boats

[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column width=”1/1″]Before he founded Chris-Craft, Christopher Columbus Smith of Algonac, Michigan, built some of the first gasoline-powered boats as well as the earliest speed boats. In 1915 his Miss Detroit won the Gold Cup.

Garfield “Gar” Wood bought Miss Detroit and Smith’s company, and for six years, Smith built race boats under Wood’s direction. By 1921 they had won five more Gold Cups and two Harmsworth Trophies.

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