We Want More From Awsomeville! Kelly! Come In Kelly!


In yesterdays story, fellow Woody Boater Kelly Wittenauer reported in from The Aristocraft HQ and other areas. All we got was two photos and that was enough for me. And since I am in a bit of a 48 hr meeting marathon coma, Or is that a comma, or is it a “,” which could also be a emoji face of sorts. Like I said, my brain is absolute mush. I even got lost driving home yesterday from DC to Reedville. Yes. A trip I have made my entire life. They have changed stuff lately. And there is some new highway speed lanes. But. Anyway, this entire story is spiriling into the abiss. Sorry. Wait, where was I? O ya. Kellys tow pics. We need more!

KELLY – “Visited the Georgia Racing HOF when we arrived yesterday. Scott said he often sees Bill or Chase around town.”

24 replies
  1. Dan Overbeek
    Dan Overbeek says:

    Matt, I think it is just old age. It does not take much to screw me up! Thanks for the shot of Mr B. I love that guy! As for Kelly’s pic, I love looking at pretty woody boats and fast cars! You must have a few more photos to share…please Kelly!!!

  2. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Great save Kelly. Looks like some cool places. I liked the Aristocraft HQ, Also the Georga racing hall of fame. The 55 Chrysler 300 is just super cool. You know that has a Hemi in it!

  3. Bill & Linda
    Bill & Linda says:

    We have a Merc outboard just like the one shown front and center, in Kelly’s Aristocraft photo. It’s a ’57 Mark 55 (40 horse) and is a spare, if need be, for either of the boats shown in this picture.

  4. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    Sorry, everyone! Late checking in today, as I’m visiting with my 87yo father. Stopped in Dawsonville, GA night before last, on our way from home in KY, to my dad’s place in FL. Scott Turner gave us a great tour of the Aristocraft shop & museum.

  5. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    My appreciation for Aristocraft began with a photo of my dad in a Seaflash13 he had in the late ’50s. He got a great price on the boat, from his cousin, who’d run it up on a dock & knocked a hole in the bottom, while preoccupied with admiring young ladies on the shore. The Aristocraft museum includes one of every model they’ve made, including this Seaflash13 like Dad’s.

  6. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    The shop includes tools that are original to the business, purchased by Scott’s grandfather, like this sander.

  7. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    The museum also includes some non-Aristocraft boats, like this little hydroplane.

  8. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    My favorites were these little inboards. This one is powered with a Honda motorcycle driveline, complete with the transmission!

  9. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    There are 3 with different versions of Crosley power. Tugs at my heartstrings, as my dad built & raced a Crosley powered TQ midget, when I was a child in the 1960s.

  10. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    The Crosley powered boats have a unique shaft setup, that omits a strut, tying into the rudder instead.

  11. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Nice pictures Kelly. I’m sure it was great seeing your Dad. With all these pictures, Matt can milk this for a week.

  12. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Hi Kelly and thanks for the great tour. The Turners are great people. I really love the inboard v-drive and the rudder/strut set ups. I have never seen anything like that. Great second shift story today!

  13. Holly
    Holly says:

    I met the fabulous Turner family at the Sunnyland show and snapped a few pics of them. Permission was given to share here.

  14. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    Was without power and internet for a few days due to an ice storm. Just catching up!

    Great stuff Kelly! Thanks!

    Turner pic from Dora 2014

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