Michigan ACBS Chapter Founding Father B.A. “Bud” Aikens III Passes Away

Bud Aikens aboard FLYING HIGH his 1941 Chris-Craft 27' Custom Triple

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.

Related posts:

6 Responses to “Michigan ACBS Chapter Founding Father B.A. “Bud” Aikens III Passes Away”

  1. Carl Garmhaus says:

    Thanks Matt for helping us remember Bud. His annual 4th of July picnic was the true beginning of our annual Plant Jamboree, “Where it All Began”!

  2. chad says:

    R.I.P. BUD

  3. Jim Godlewski says:

    Sorry to hear about Bud Aikens.

  4. Greg Lewandowski says:

    Bud will be in many of our hearts at the Algonac show this year.

  5. John says:

    I have been in touch with numerous Michigan members that were around for the Aiken’s Picnic and Parade in the 70’s leading to the founding of the Algonac Show. The people commenting can’t say enough good things about Bud. You became one of his family when you participated in his events. Our passion has lost a true founding father.

  6. mark Edmonson says:

    So said to hear the news, A true “Woody Boater” that open the door to what is now the Algonac show. I loved attending the picinics in his back yard . So cool back then… He will be missed.

Leave a Reply

× nine = 81

Heads up! You are attempting to upload an invalid image. If saved, this image will not display with your comment.

Thanks for commenting. A couple of rules please. No cursing, be creative, not nasty, Please no personal attacks. Please check our privacy policy regarding your information and anonymous posting in our about section. Regarding linking in Comments. If you are sharing something that is selling something it is a going to be rejected as spam and you will be blocked. I am sorry to be so harsh, but we get over 100 spams like that a day. If you want to load an image, make sure it's under 1 mg, or it won't load. Thanks again. Matt

Woody Boater
Stylish thing to do

Speedboat Outlaws in stock, in your size and in style!

Woody Boater Store Is Open, New Stuff In Stock.

This years 2014 summer look, is now available to the throngs of fashionistas. Thats right, now you can wear, were, where the latest in...

of the Month

You can take a ride in Clayton out into the Thousand Island area. A MUST SEE!

From Clayton To Tahoe, It’s Big Boat Show Season In Merica!

From this weeks big Clayton show celebrating 50 years of boat showness to the big Tahoe show on August 8th and 9th. Antique and...

Woody Boaters
of the Month

Jim, please don't take this wrong.. But your grandmother is HOT!

My Grandparents Steelcraft – by Jim Hilton

Fellow Woody Boater Jim Hilton sent us in this nice story of his grandparents Steelcraft the other day, in the email he said he...

Woody Boat
of the Month

Troy doing the Titanic thing.. OK, I put in a Watson sunset.

She Floats! Troy Finaly Goes Woody Boating In American Beauty.

Well, it happened. Our very own fellow Woody Boater Troy got his labor of love, American Beauty in the water after some years of...

Woody Boater
Very Good Thing to
do of the Month

Tommy talking to a class at the great Lakes Boat Building School

Tommy Mertaugh Memorial Scholarship Fund At The Great Lakes Boat Building School.

Late yesterday we received this note from The Great Lakes Boat Building School and E. James Mertaugh family regarding a new scholarship in the...

All Time Favorite top 25 Stories

© 2014 Classic Boat News / Woody Boater
Please be respectful of photo rights. Many of these photos are original from Woody Boater. Some are not and we were given permission to use. If you want to use one, please contact us. We may even have something better for you to use. Thanks. Woody Boater.

Log in