One of the best things about Woody Boater is we get to cover every aspect of the classic boating hobby which, as you know, has many different avenues and types of events throughout the year – all celebrating the culture of classic boats.
Our friend and fellow Woody Boater Bill John from the Vintage Race Boat Shop / Classic Raceboat Association would like to remind our viewers that the Annual Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta returns to Lake Dora at Wooten Park in Tavares, Florida for 3 days from November 14-16. So it’s not too late to load up the old race boat and set your GPS for Lake Dora – or just make the trip down to experience the boats from the shore at Wooten Park. It’s an amazing site to see, and the folks from the CRA are a wonderful group of people.
To celebrate the many years of boat racing in North America, today we have also put together a collection of vintage boat racing program covers from 1914 to 1969 – courtesy of the Hydroplane Program Covers Site. Throughout the years, the Art of Boat Racing has always been popular, and the art has evolved with imagination & color as technology improved – all designed back in the day before Photoshop. Check it out below and let us know which program cover is your personal favorite. – Texx
From the CRA – The past will come alive as vintage and classic race boats of bygone eras return to Wooton Park in Tavares, Florida for our next annual Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta. Tavares is now a major stop on the CRA Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit, and this fall’s regatta expands to 3 full days, with over 60 beautifully restored vintage and classic race boats running demonstration laps on a 1 mile oval course on beautiful Lake Dora. In addition to seeing and hearing these unique and beautiful boats run, spectators are invited to view them close-up in the pit area at Wooton Park on both Saturday and Sunday.
And joining the local fleet of vintage race boats during the winter months when the northern vintage events are in hibernation, the snow birds are increasingly hauling their beautifully restored vintage and classic race boats down to Florida to enjoy the sunny and warm Florida weather and to participate on our Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit.
With the flat water on the small inland Florida lakes, these regattas are attracting large boat counts with well over 75 vintage and classic race boats at the last several events. The crowds are huge and the Pit passes allow entry into the actual race boat area during the noon lunch break for photos and a chance to talk with the drives and crew.
The regatta participants have fun running their beautifully restored vintage race boats at speed on a race course in the warm Florida sun, and the public gets a chance to see, hear and experience the rich history of powerboat racing. The sights and sounds are just magnificent, come join us for our next event!!! – Bill John / CRA
There was a time in history when thousands of spectators would gather at the different venues around the country to experience the sights, sounds and raw speed of the race boats. It’s amazing how the racers criss-crossed the country to attend the different events, competing for the various boat racing championships over the years. You can still experience the thrill of the race boats at one of the vintage events that the Classic Race Boat Association organizes.
The artwork and creative designs of the program covers over the years is amazing.
In my rush to get this story published for todays 7:00 AM deadline, I forgot to include a credit for the website that provided the wonderful program covers for the story today – known as the Hydroplane Program Covers Site.
According to Malcolm Mitchell and James Pernikoff, founders of the Hydroplane Program Covers Site, “the aim of their project (which began in 2000) has been to gather together scans of official Hydroplane event programme covers and related memorabilia” Thanks to Mitchell and Pernicoff ‘s perseverance “today there are 526 covers listed from 65 hydroplane courses, and counting”…
To donate a poster go to their website http://progcovers.com/hydro/contributors.html
They are preserving history in a very special way, and we sincerely appreciate their efforts.