DETROIT (WXYZ) — Continuing the tradition of highlighting organizations doing great work in the community, the 2019 Hydrofest will feature Hope Network, a statewide non-profit that provides health and life services, as their charity partner.
This year, Hydrofest fans will watch the world's fastest automotive-powered hydroplanes compete on a 1.25 mile course every 15 minutes. The 2019 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest will be an all piston-powered event. The Hydroplane Racing League is bringing a dozen Grand Prix boats from Canada, New Zealand and the United States to headline the event.
These boats are 24-feet long with 468 cu. in. supercharged, big-block V8 Chevrolet piston engines producing as much as 1,500 horsepower and reaching speeds of 160 mph. Along with the Grand Prix boats, 20 to 22 H-350 hydroplanes and the unique flat-bottom, Jersey Speed Skiff from the HRL will join the show. H-350 hydroplanes reach speeds of 120 mph, Speed Skiffs' top speed are 80 mph.
This year's 2019 Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Hydrofest is still a very intense and exciting event, but will now include a sensory-friendly tent provided by Hope Network for children who may be sensitive to the noise of the crowds and the roar of the races. The tent will be available from 11 am - 3 pm on both Saturday and Sunday and staffed by specialists from Hope Network to ensure families have a place where they can take a break from the action of the races.
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