The classic boat show season is well under way throughout the country, and thanks to our many friends and contributors, we have some great reports coming in over the wireless. As we reported yesterday, classic boaters and car collectors gathered at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center at Lake Darling for the the 26th Annual Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat & Car Show on Saturday.
Fellow Woody Boater Dane Anderson was on hand on Saturday to capture some great photos of the event, and with some help from noted historian & writer Lee Wangstad we hope to have a full report from the show in the next few days. In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to share just a few of Dane’s photos from Saturday with our viewers today. (And don’t forget that you can click on the photos today to enlarge them for the FULL effect – Texx)
This years show featured Larson boats and the iconic Falls Flyer model (shown above), so we will start out with a few more shots of Larson boats to give you a feel for what was there.
When I was first introduced to the Larson Cabin Special at Paul Mikkelson’s museum a few years ago, to me that particular model presented itself to me as the perfect boat for the mid 1950’s Minnesota sportsman with is functional design and outboard motor – perfect for the smaller, shallow lakes of the area.
Dane captured these photos of another period correct Johnson outboard, this one on a later model “finned” Falls Flyer.
As expected, there were also some very special (non-Larson) wooden boats on hand for this years show. The traditional Chris-Craft sedan is always an eye-catcher at any show. And this one looks wonderful.
Combining the classic cars from the Motoring Journal’s Speed Reunion 2013 was a perfect fit for this event, and the Arrowwood Resort and Convention Center grounds worked well to display the cars near the lake & docks.
Dane noted – “The car guys were enthusiastic participants in the boat show today. They spent a lot of time studying the boats and asking questions. Seems like a good crowd to build interest in the hobby.”
It was fun to see this great looking Triumph TR3A on the grounds today.
Thanks again to Dane Anderson for sharing his great images from Lake Darling with us today, and stay tuned for our full recap of the Minnesota Lakes Classic Boat & Car Show in the days to come.
As I write this it’s now 4:30 AM EST and my computer is chiming away telling me that another report from fellow Woody Boaters Karen & Paul Harrison is coming in over the wireless from the Sandpoint Wooden Boat Show in Idaho. Like I said at the top of this story, the classic boat show season is well under way – and we love it!