Another huge thanks to Phil “Duster ” Andrew and Steve Lapkin for getting all our engines running and ready for this years boating season!
This year saw the running of the 21st New Zealand Antique & Classic Boat show at beautiful St Arnaud In the Nelson Lakes district of the South Island of New Zealand.
Classic Century collector Philip Andrew invited Californian Steve Lapkin to come and experience the show and to see his family’s old 66 Century Arabian previously named Ruthie L and now named Miss Tahoe.
Leaving Phil’s home early Thursday am to catch the Interisland Ferry across the infamous Cook Strait to the South Island the reunited friends had three hours to catch up, a time that was spent productively.
We discovered thanks to the Century Boat FaceBook page that the owner of Phil’s Arabian, before Steve’s Dad had been John Even. Both Brad Atkinson and Frank Miklos were able to identify the chap in a photo Phil had put up on the Century FB page of the boat with the Greave Cup some years before she was delivered to the Lapkins in Tahoe. The chap was John Even from Dubuque Iowa. Amazing what the internet can provide.
We drove off the ferry towing Phils 58 Resorter and headed South stopping off to see the worlds most unique WW1 Aeroplane Museum. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
Then it was a pleasant 1.5 hour drive through the wine growing region of Malborough remarkably similar to Napa in California.
Friday morning we rose early for a photo session on the lake, some of the shots you saw yesterday.
Saturday is Showday and plenty of boats showed up. Steve was on the water in a shoot boat provided by organizer Pete Rainey and his brother Bill.
Action on the water gets underway about midday with parades and race events and was crowned today with an aerobatic display of from a WW2 Russian Fighter the mighty Yak.
Okay, okay, I know more boats.. Hold your horses!
No really! I need to get out of this story somehow!
And a HUGE thanks to Phil and Steve Lapkin for the wonderful reporting. WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!, You can visit Steve Lapkins photo website HERE