We received this sad information from Carl Garmhaus this morning.
“I am sorry to report that I received an email from John Eidt last night informing me that Michigan Chapter founding father B. A. Bud Aikens passed away Wed. am. Further information will be sent along when more details are known.”
Carl Garmhaus, Commodore, MI ACBS
Algonac, Michigan has long been host to an annual “Pickerel Festival” on July 4th weekend. In the 1970’s, this event also included an afternoon picnic at the waterfront home of B. A. “Bud” & Patricia Aikens and his which was a congregation of all of his wood boat friends. The picnic would conclude with a parade of the attending boats down the St. Clair River, in front of City Park, with an announcer describing each boat and owner as they went by. In 1979, Bud and his friends founded the Michigan Chapter of the ACBS.
The picnic continued to grow in popularity and number of boats, and since it could no longer be handled at Bud’s home, one of his friends, Pete Beauregard, suggested that the picnic move to his Algonac marina. Since the Algonac Harbour Club is also the location of the original Chris Craft plant, it seemed a fitting place for an annual event.
Bud Aikens was instrumental in the develpopment and growth of the local ACBS Chapter and the antique & classic boat hobby in the Michigan area, and he will be missed. Our condolences go out to his wife Patricia and their family.