Yesterday we did a fun story regarding the logo change for the Land-O-Lakes Chapter of the ACBS. of course everyone liked it. We are that sort of crowd. But behind the scenes I got emails and texts asking who Bob Speltz is. Well. As my father used to say….A LOT!! What we have here is a teaching moment. And I promise it will not come with the hour long lecture that ensued. So who is Bob Speltz?
Well, to say it simply, Bob Speltz was an Icon in our passion, and one of the key players in why this is a passion at all. Sadly we have lost Bob in 1993. And inducted into the Hagerty Hall Of Fame in 2009. The first year of the Hall Of Fame.
But because of Bobs craft, and ability to put together stuff, we have what are considered the Encyclopedia of Classic Boats. A wonderful series of books that Bob compiled and wrote.
I see him as a mentor I never knew or met. I wish I had. In an odd way we share one key factor. We love sharing information to make this a better community. Bib did that the best way he could during his time. Pre internet time. Sadly one can only imagine what this Facebook world would have been like for Bob.
If you are lucky enough to own his books, they literally cover every boat make made. They are the defining period and pillars of what we all love. The good news, if you are interested in a set, they are available on Amazon and ebay all the time. And a reprint of the Posters that were used to promote the books are available HERE at Freedom Boat Service.
So now you know who Bob Speltz is. An enduring resource for information, and icon of whats all good in our small world. And that is why he is on the name of the Land-O-Lakes Chapter. He selflessly made a massive difference for all of us.
And if you really want to read a wonderful note about Bob Speltz and how he started doing this at age 16! This great read by Fellow Woody Boater Lee Wangstad right HERE called 505 Albert Lea Street.
If you know more about Bob, please chime in here. It would be great to have some personal notes about him to remind us all about how we are all really one!