Last weekend the Blue Ridge Chapter ACBS hosted the 14th Annual Charlotte Antique and Classic Boat Show, located at Queens Landing Marina on Lake Norman, Mooresville NC. This years Best in Show award was presented to fellow Woody Boaters Ginger & Randy Clark for “OoRAH” their elegant 1940 24′ Staudacher – Hacker Runabout. This boat was owned by Ginger’s father for many years and was respectfully restored by Ginger & Randy just a few years ago. Here’s the e-mail we received from Ginger on Monday morning, in her own words…
The first name on the Miss America IX Perpetual Trophy for Charlotte Best In Show…
We’d been messing around on the docks on show day offering free beers for People’s Choice votes… figured that wasn’t going well when no one came back to claim the beers…unbelievable, huh?
Sure enough people’s choice went to Benn Gunn and captains choice to Little Red…
And then the big announcement for Best in Show and the trophy… We were sitting back waiting to see who would win it… When we heard our names! After sitting there for a moment in shock, then disbelief we hopped up to cheers and chants of OoRAH… By the time I got to the front I was in tears! Thinking about my dad and the enormity of the gift that had been given us… What an amazing honor for the boat & for us.
Chuck Mistele called us today as we were on the final leg of our trip home to congratulate us again and said he couldn’t be happier that we were chosen… As he wanted the trophy to be about not only the boats but the people, too….Ginger & Randy – Woo-Hoo!!!
As you can probably tell by now, Robert & Linda Miracle were also on hand at Lake Norman to capture the action, and shared some of their beautiful images with Woody Boater from the weekend.
“Lisa Ann” (shown below) is a beautiful 1930 20′ Chris-Craft Model 100 owned by Ed & Judy Longino. Ed was this years Boat Show Chairman and did a wonerful job keeping everything on track. “Lisa Ann” is also the boat in the opening photo, with Ed on the bull horn. I wonder if Ed has been taking lessons from Hutch Hutcheson at the Inland Empire ACBS up in Idaho, who also prefers the bull horn method of communication to keep everyone in line on the water… A nice shot by Miracle Photography.
Edward & Sara James from Charleston, SC brought “Ciao Baby” to Lake Norman, a very cool 1971 Riva Junior – This model was recently added to Woody Boater Matt Smith’s personal list of “Must Have” boats.
“Rememberings” a classic 1951 17′ Chris-Craft Special Runabout owned by David & Marion Stowe from Farmville. It sure looks like they are enjoying their Lake Norman boating experience, and that’s what it all about.
A Personal Paddle Wheeler, no worries about leaving the cabin early in the morning and waking up the neighbors with the barking V-8… Or returning home late at night after a night down at the marina with the boys playing cards too late… Just quietly paddle home and into the boat house.
Special thanks to Robert & Linda Miracle from Miracle Photography for sharing a few of their images with us for this report from Lake Norman. You can view and purchase these and many more images from their SmugMug web site by clicking here.
Also thanks to the nice folks from Blue Ridge Chapter ACBS, the show sponsors, and all the volunteers that contunue to make these local antique & classic boat shows a success. Nice work everyone!