Extreme Boats Magazine has been kind enough to let HydroInsider.com visitors take a look at a story and photos by Bill Osborne entitled "Kirsten's Gold," which appears in the current magazine. It's the inside story on the 2007 Gold Cup and the Elam's team's Gold Cup win in honor of Erick Ellstrom's Mom, who passed away just before the race.
"Some things are just more important." Erick Ellstrom in Extreme Boats Magazine
It's just an example of the quality of in-depth coverage and spectacular photos you find in the magazine. Here is an excerpt and a link to the full article is below.
"With all that has happened in my life over the last month, I haven't been able to devote all of myself to racing. Some things are just more important." Ellstrom made the trip to Evansville, knowing at any minute that his mother could take a significant turn for the worse. His worst fears became reality when her condition deteriorated after that race.
Erick decided to skip Madison, which as it turns out was a fortuitous decision. He spent as much time with his mother as he could and was with her when she passed on July 11. With a heavy heart, he boarded an airplane and flew to Detroit to do what he had promised her he would do; win the APBA Gold Cup in her honor. Step one of the mission was now complete.
While the champagne corks popped and the team celebrated, Erick Ellstrom had time to reflect upon the last few days. "I know my mom would be very proud today. She always believed that we could do it. I just wish that she was here right now to share our joy." Kirsten's dream came true today, July 15, only four days after her passing. Dreams do come true and at long last Kirsten has her gold.