Vintage Race Boat Shop

We maintain vintage wooden boats,

by providing year round maintenance

and treating each boat with special care.

Bill John

 

Reproduction vintage race boats.

Click here for details !!!

 

Bill John - owner/driver

Gerri Prusko - riding mechanic

 

Vintage Race Boat Shop

PO Box 1457

 Mount Dora, Fl. 32756

352-729-6060

BillJohn48@Comcast.net


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Woody Boater

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Vintage Newsletter

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The Vintage Circuit

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Reproduction Boats 


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Edge Bonding-Part 1

Edge Bonding-Part 2

Edge Bonding-Part 3

Stepped Hull Design

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Unlimiteds-3 Pointers

Jersey Speed Skiffs


Lake Winnipesaukee

The Early Years

Boat Racing-1926

Boat Racing-1927

Boat Racing-1928

Boat Racing-1929-1

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A message from the

Owner/Webmeister

Bill John

       

       

Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta

November 13-15, 2015

The past will come alive as the vintage and classic race boats of bygone eras return to Wooton Park in Tavares, Florida for our next annual Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta. Tavares is now a major stop on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit with over 75 beautifully restored vintage and classic race boats running demonstration laps on a 1 mile oval course on beautiful Lake Dora. In addition to seeing and hearing these unique and beautiful boats run, spectators are invited to view them close-up in the pit area at Wooton Park on both Saturday and Sunday. We will be running large heats of all vintage classes, including outboards, small hydros, mid-hydros, large hydros, flatbottoms, skiffs, speedsters, gold cuppers, and fire breathing grand prix hydros.

Recap & Photos - Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

 

Great News - OFF & CRA !!!

Rich Luhrs has made the connection with the Classic Race Boat Association to bring Old Friends Forever (OFF) into the CRA fold. The third event will be November 13-15 in Tavares, Florida. Bert Serra tells me that Bill Seebold will be coming again and plans to play in Jackie's golf outing on Thursday. Please join all the fun Al'S Landing on Friday evening for the Opening Reception & OFF Celebration.   Rich Luhrs

OFF - Old Friends Forever

Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta - November 13-15, 2015


Currently in our Mount Dora Shop !!!

       

       

     

Obsession - a modified Gar Wood Speedster

Owner/Driver - Bill John

Riding Mechanic - Gerri Prusko

As shown in the link below, our summer project for 2014 was the complete refinishing of the bottom, hull and deck, and then we ran at all the fun events on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. So now our 2015 summer project is to pull the motor for another refresh and refinish the interior. Stay tuned for more project updates with lots of photos !!!

Obsession - current project photos

 

Links for the story of Obsession

Page 1 - The Story Begins

Edge Bonding Obsession

The Story of Gar Wood


Last Update: August 1, 2015

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