Race Boat Shop
We maintain vintage wooden boats.
Sunnyland ACBS Antique & Classic Boat
March 24-27, 2011
After many years of wanting to make the Mt
Dora/Tavares ACBS boat show and many years of excuses,
last year we finally made our first
trek south to sunny and warm Florida, and we
returned again this year in 2011. We hauled our Jersey Speed
to participate at both the CRA Vintage
Race Boat Regatta and then the Sunnyland ACBS Boat Show the
The weather was sunny and warm, the vintage race boats were
beautiful and fast, and we had a great time.
to Dick Whyte and the entire CRA crew for a fantastic vintage
event. We had a great time and now Tavares in on our annual
schedule, so look for our NH Navy again at the Tavares Spring
Fling in 2012 - a gathering of good friends and beautiful
vintage race boats.
Regatta - 2011
Regatta photos by F. Peirce Williams
The Sunnyland Annual Antique
Boat Festival is the largest vintage boat show
in the USA, and was recently moved from nearby Mount Dora to the
the much larger facilities at Wooton Park in Tavares. This brand
new facility was constructed as a sea plane base and provides
high grade marine and aviation fuel, large launching ramps and
brand new docks with 4 way ties to handle well over 100 beautiful
vintage boats. Attended by more than
30,000 spectators over the four day event, more than 325 vintage boats were displayed
on land and in the water at the new docks.
Our first stop was at registration on Thursday afternoon, and
with everything prepaid, it was real easy and fast. These
volunteers are my heroes, for they work so hard in the hot sun,
making sure that the participants are well taken care of and are
much appreciated. Then we unhooked the trailer and Al Engel
hauled us away, as Dick Daily staged us at the CRA classic race
boat display. Then we set out to take some pictures ???!!!
wandering around the vendor area, searching through the many piles of
vintage stuff, there buried under a pile of Century hardware we
finally found two water ski pylons, perfect to connect to to top of the
A-frame bracket for our Hacker ski boat project -
Impulse. One lower ring
for water skiing and one taller ring for wake boarding and tubing. The two
poles will be cut at different lengths and will drop into the top of the
A-frame assembly and will be secured by a quick disconnect pin. After
completion and dry fitting, the assemblies will then be sent to Mickey DuPuis
at D&S Custom Metal Restoration to be chromed. Bud Bracket at Maine
Classics did the design and mold for the A-frame bracket to fit stringers of
the hull and also clear the front of the motor. Many thanks to Bud
for all his help !!!
The local train club came by, scooting right along !!!
Then it was time for the always dangerous - Field of
Then we took a walk past the vendor tents down to the end dock,
what a sight - awesome !!!
Please check back later - for we
have many photos to post and then we will go back and fill
in the story line. We hope that you will take the time to
relax and enjoy.
Sunnyland Antique & Classic Boat
Show - 2010
Regatta - 2011
Here are some
related vintage race boat links:
The Vintage Hydroplanes
American Power Boat Association
Hydroplane & Race Boat Museum
Vintage Race Boat
Circuit - Recaps & Photos
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