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.

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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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A message from the

Owner/Webmeister

Bill John

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

March 11-13, 2016

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 Spring 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. The sights and sounds will be just magnificent and admission is free, so come join all the fun !!!

CRA Video by Tom D'Eath

CRA Shoot To Thrill Video  - By Pete Boden

 

And joining the local fleet of vintage race boats during the winter months when the northern summer vintage events are in hibernation, the northern snow birds are increasingly hauling their beautifully restored vintage and classic race boats down to Florida to enjoy the sunny and warm Florida weather and to participate on our fast growing Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. With the flat water on the small inland Florida lakes, these regattas are attracting large boat counts with well over 75 vintage and classic race boats at the last several events, along with huge crowds. The regatta participants have fun running their beautifully restored vintage race boats at speed on a race course in the warm Florida sun, and the public gets a chance to see, hear and experience the rich history of powerboat racing. The sights and sounds are magnificent, admission is free, so come join us at our next event !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

Heat Schedule & Participants

APBA Regattas & ACBS Boat Shows

We have a passion for all vintage and classic boats including outboards, classic glass, inboard runabouts, skiffs, flat bottoms, hydroplanes, gold cuppers, and especially historic vintage race boats. And to follow our passion, we support and promote the APBA and ACBS and participate at their vintage events. But it is important to remember that these vintage events are really social events, and every event is actually a reunion and gathering of good friends, with our beautiful vintage boats in the background, pulling us together. All are welcome to come join the fun, with or without a boat. We hope you will consider joining these very active organizations, and please be considerate and register early for their events. This lets the volunteer organizers know that you are planning to attend, enabling them to properly plan for the boat count for the show/regatta, and the head count for the social activities.

APBA Regattas & ACBS Boat Shows


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