Late August in Minnesota means one thing – it’s the time when some of the top classic boats in the country (and their owners) gather together to celebrate the Gull Lake Classic Boat Show at Bar Harbor, MN. And once again this year, fellow Woody Boater John Allen and his crew put together another premium event with over 70 classic boats on display.
Bar Harbour is also the site of the 2015 ACBS International show, which promises to be an outstanding event. We know that John Allen and the organizing committee from the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes ACBS Chapter are working hard to ensure that the 2015 International will be a “must attend” event.
Reporter Dane Anderson was on hand at Bar Harbor on Friday and Saturday, and sent us some great photos which gives us a glimpse into this years big show. One of the many stars of the show on Saturday was “Lockpat II” the 1931 40′ Hacker Custom Runabout.
Also from the Lee Anderson collection is “Johnny Johnson IV” a stunning 1926 33′ Baby Gar powered by a Liberty V-12. This is one of only 7 original Baby Gars known to exist today, 5 of which reside in the Gull Lake area between collectors Lee Anderson (with 4) and John Allen with the other Baby Gar – “Bolo Babe”.
What also makes the Gull Lake show so interesting (beyond the diversity) is that every year something new (or should I say old) pops up at the event which has an unusual history. In yesterday’s story, we included a great shot of “Vail” – Carl Mammel’s beautifully restored 1937 Gar Wood 24′ Custom Utility, which (as the story goes) was purchased new for the University of Wisconsin rowing team.
“Gen-VI” is a rare 1938 Ventnor 26′ K-2 Unlimited Runabout powered by a 520 HP – 1,497.5 Cubic Inch DOHC Packard V-12 engine, complete with V-drive.
Another newcomer to the Gull Lake show this year, the historic “Tempo VI” – a 1938 Ventnor Boat Works 24′ Hydroplane powered by an Allison V-1710 – 12 cylinder aircraft engine.
Said to be “One of the most significant race boats in Gold Cup Racing History” she was at the dock for everyone to see and enjoy – and even “hear” on Saturday. Check it out below, thanks to Dane and his handy smart phone.
Special thanks to Dane Anderson for sharing his photos from the Gull Lake Classic Boat Show with us here today, we certainly appreciate the effort Dane!