Today we have two great reports from the 39th Annual Lake Minnetonka Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous, which was held last weekend in Minnesota. The reports came in a few days ago from Ian Sandercock and Dane Anderson, but as you know Matt and his team were busy reporting from the 2014 ACBS International in New York, and they were on a roll (literally). Things have now calmed down, and we have time to catch up on some other news.
This year’s event at Lake Minnetonka, which is presented by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes ACBS Chapter, was extra special as they welcomed Mary Keating, Bob Speltz’s sister, who visited with the participants and helped with the award presentations. Volume IV of Bob Speltz “The Real Runabouts” series is dedicated to Mary and her family. Mary was a big part of Bob’s life.
No question, the spirit of Bob Speltz is alive and well not only in Minnesota, but throughout the entire antique & classic boating hobby. – Texx
2014 Lake Minnetonka Rendezvous – by Ian Sandercock
Given that our trusty local chapter (BSLOL) President Steve Shoop was at the ACBS International Show in Skaneateles, NY this past weekend, I’ll provide a few pictures and comments from our 39th Annual Lake Minnetonka Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous held at Maynard’s docks on Lake Minnetonka, MN on Saturday, Sept 20th.
The annual event is presented by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter ACBS and our dedicated BSLOL members once again proudly displayed a wide spectrum of antique and classic boats – Ian Sandercock.
2014 Lake Minnetonka Rendezvous – by Dane Anderson
The weather in Excelsior, Minnesota was absolutely beautiful on Saturday for the Lake Minnetonka event, sunny with temperatures in the high 70’s. Approximately 50 boats were in attendance and the docks at Maynards Restaurant were very busy with spectators all day.
And in contrast, this wild looking finned 14′ Cadillac Sealark presented by Steve Schussler & Sunhi Ryan. The reaction from the spectators was perfect.
When is the last time you remember seeing a 1957 Trojan 17′ Ski Bee? This one is in mint condition and represents the early years of V-8 powered competition ski boats, which is powered by a 170 HP Ford Interceptor – owned by Bill Nolen.
The Minnesota events always produce some great looking Chris-Craft Sportsmans, here are a few nice examples.
The Bob Speltz Award is presented annually during the Lake Minnetonka show by the BSLOL Chapter for the Best Owner Restored Boat / Amateur Restoration. Bob Speltz always admired people who did much of their own work.
Brad Ernst and his wife Chris brought their 1952 Chris-Craft 22′ Sportsman “Sweetness Too” to the show this year. A beautiful boat, weekly user, and Brad does all the work himself. Here is a shot of Brad conversing with a spectator.
They won the Bob Speltz award for Best Owner Restored Boat. Bob Speltz used to give out this award personally, now Terry Young makes the selection. Bob started the award many years ago, and when he was unable to attend the annual Rendezvous, he asked long time Chapter member Terry Young to take over the duties for him (around the late 1980’s) and Terry has done it ever since. Bob & Terry were very close friends.
The special part about this years award was that Bob Speltz’s sister, Mary Keating was on hand to help with the award presentation.
Special thanks to both Ian Sandercock and Dane Anderson for sharing these reports from Lake Minnetonka with us today, nice work guys! Also thanks go out to the nice folks from the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Chapter for their hard work and ongoing dedication to the hobby.
Congratulations to Brad & Chris Ernst for winning the prestigious Bob Speltz Award this year, that’s quite an achievement.
FYI – Next year, the 40th Annual Lake Minnetonka Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous will fall on the weekend before the big ACBS International event at Bar Harbor on Gull Lake, MN. So if you are planning to be in the Minnesota area for the International pre-events which probably start on Sunday, before heading up to Maddens Resort you may want to consider stopping by the Lake Minnetonka show on Saturday, to take in some of the sights and rich boating history of the area. – Texx
Just before we leave you today, we thought it would be fun to share a few shots that Dane snapped of a magnificent 33′ Aquariva Super, as it arrived at the show docks last Saturday to check out the boat show and enjoy lunch at Maynards Restaurant.