Thanks to fellow Woody Boater Dennis Mykols for sending us this fun story. Looks like some Pin Up babes showed up. “Boots” and “Ina” to be specific. Yes that’s their names. Now, ya gotta follow this. These photos were taken by Dennis on an iphone, of the photo shoot by Photographer Larry Morre who set up the shoot for himself with Boots and Ina. We will feature the real photos soon. Does this make sense? Who cares, We got Boots and Ina all over some cool Fiberclassics and it looks like it was a fun addition to a spontaneous regular event and certainly better than the owners photos. Phew.. Good move Dennis. Take it away Dennis.
CLASSIC CARS AND CLASSIC BOATS
by Captain Dennis Mykols
Sometimes the best memories come when you least expect it. One of my friends who owns a couple of early Fiber Classic runabouts came up with this idea of getting a bunch of local guys together that have small classic wood and fiberglass boats to hold a “cruise-in with our boats , much like the classic car guys do each week. You know the drill, pull into a parking lot with your classic car, sit around, meet up with old friends, and check out the rides that showed up that night.
Well, we thought why not do that with our Classic boats? And if you have a Classic tow vehicle, all the better, a “wheels and keels” sort of thing. So after putting out notices on social media about this idea, the first cruise-in was held at a local “DNR boat ramp”, and nine boats showed up, where we talked boats and cars over a few brewskis.
A couple of us even splashed our boats and went for a short run up the river.
Well, we thought it would be cool to bring our Classic Boats hitched up behind our Classic Cars, and show up as a group, at one of the several weekly cruise in’s we have around the area. We pick a Wednesday night cruise-in over on Muskegon Lake, which is held near a boat ramp. Four of us made it this time.
From the minute we pulled in, and tried to set up our display boards, chairs, coolers, etc, we got mobbed by fellow car guys, and folks just visiting the restaurant and ice cream shop on site. It was great to hear all the questions from “non boaters” and talk about when “Daddy had one…”
It turned out that there was a professional photographer Larry Morre, taking classic car photos for a charity calendar that night, AND he had a couple of 50’s styled “pin up girls” with him, to add color and flavor. Well, he went nuts when he saw us pull in and insisted we take time to pull our rigs over by the sea wall and let him do a photo shoot.
Now we had planned on eating dinner before we splashed our boats to go for a sunset cruise out to Lake Michigan, but, hey, he had “Pin Up” girls wanting to crawl all over our boats. We agreed we all needed to lose some weight, so the heck with pizza. We pulled three boats over to the far side of the parking lot near the lake, so we would have a good backdrop, for the photo shoot.
The photographer let us snap away over his shoulder with our little cell phone cameras, as he went to work. An hour later we were done, and we splashed our boats to go “cool off”, if you know what I mean…