Friday was a fun day in Classic Minnesota as we had the privilege of spending the entire afternoon with fellow Woody Boater John Allen. After lunch at Bar Harbor, John toured us through his impressive wooden boat collection and then took us for a tour around Gull Lake in “MOWITZA II” his amazing 1928 Ditchburn 27′ Viking currently powered by a 454 Chevrolet big block. John has an original Sterling Petrol engine, which will eventually be reunited with the rare Ditchburn.
While cruising on Gull Lake, in the distance we spotted “CHEERIO” a Chris-Craft Sedan out cruising, enjoying the warm weather. We asked John if we could take a closer look… No sooner did we say that, and we quickly caught up to the Chris-Craft approaching from behind. The passengers on board the Chris-Craft got a kick out the fact that the big Ditchburn appeared out of nowhere and two guys in the Ditchburn were busy snapping photos of the great looking sedan as we passed by… All part of the fun.
Then we made our way over to the launch ramp where John’s right hand man Greg Kasson had just launched “Princess Paige” – John Allen’s award winning 1926 Earl C. Barnes launch which will be on display this weekend at the boat show. A spectacular boat see in person.
The fun continued when John joined some friends on board his Boston Whaler and left Dane & I to drive the Ditchburn. I can honestly say that in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would be driving one of John Allen’s wooden boats while he looked on from behind the wheel of a Boston Whaler. Great fun with a first class host.
Special thanks to John Allen for his hospitality, for touring us around Gull Lake in his 1928 Ditchburn and taking from his busy schedule to share his amazing wooden boat collection with us yesterday. And thanks also to our tour guide / photographer Dane Anderson for his assistance and for sharing is wonderful photography with us today.
Another great day in Classic Minnesota.
Stay tuned for our Live-ish reports from the 2013 Gull Lake Classic Boat Show at Bar Harbor, MN.