Ugh! Here we go again, just for the record, I did not start this one. In-fact I understand this one. Maybe that’s because I did some research before I shot of my key boards this time. Last time I realized that regarding the ACBS we are dealing with mostly volunteers and actual human beings that are trying to make the hobby a better place to live in. So….. With that said.
As many readers asked. “Why was the Lake Dora ACBS Show on March 25th-29th not mentioned in the latest issue of the ACBS Rudder Magazine ?” Was it just a missed deadline on the part of the Sunnyland Chapter in announcing there show…on March 25th-29th on Beautiful lake Dora in Tavaras FLA make your plans now featuring Riva Boats!!…. Shameless plug….and link.. Anyway was it there fault for missing the deadline? Most likely yes. I have an email into Terry right now, I will update ...It’s on the ACBS web site, but not in the Rudder, it’s in the latest issue of Classic Boating and the Brass Bell, and here on WoodyBoater… So? The question was asked to us, and thus we asked Chris Eden the editor of the Rudder…. You can read his complete answer on the Gene Porter comment trail. 17 comments to date, a record for WoodyBoater by the way. But the general gist of his point is this. ” Our Calendar of events is built from the many boat show chairman and committee members responsible for getting the word out for their show. Our print deadlines are published clearly, as well are the submission guidelines. This past issue page 15. It is not the role of the Rudder or its staff to babysit these committees and determine for the many shows nationwide whether or not they have their submission in by deadline.” OK, I understand that, harsh, yes, but there are over 55 chapters to promote…and do they do a story to promote them… Chris’s answer to that..” with regards to our policy of boat show stories prior to or after shows. In general it is my policy not to do stories about a show prior to its show date. With over 55 chapters, and everyone wanting as much PR as they can gain, this would be very difficult to manage.” once I again I understand. BUT!
So, this begs the question. Is the Lake Dora Show on March 25-29th more than just another ACBS show? And if it is, should it be talked about before the show. Here at WoodyBoater we take a different point of view, not that the Rudders is wrong. But WoodyBoater is about promoting events, shows, and the businesses of the hobby, I am shameless about it…And we clearly believe that the Lake Dora ACBS Show on March 25th-29th, is actually a major event in the classic boat hobby. The two others are Tahoe, and Clayton. That’s it. The others are shows. The three mentioned are more, and should be treated as such. Lake Dora is about the River Cruise, it’s about the opening of the Antique & Classic Boat season, and it’s about showing off your latest winter varnish job and eBay barn find. It’s also about seeing all your pals from across the country once a year. It’s about all the restorers and brokers, insurance, and suppliers being in one place… Last year folks came from Seattle, California, NY, Mich, and British Columbia….a very long flight by the way. My point is. It’s worthy of being different and promoting as a major event..for WoodyBoater. And way beyond a calender type show. And we should let the Rudder do what they do best. Promote Antique & Classic Boats for all there glory and history…Let the comments fly….