Live From The Gull Lake Classic
Reporter Dane Anderson… reports in from Gull Lake with some amazing photos and actual story. A huge effort knowing how busy a day it was and worked late into the morning to get us the report. I am on the west coast so its 2AM as I am writing this. Crazy times here in Woodyboaterville!
The Gull Lake Classic kicked off on Friday this year. Participants were invited to meet up at Bar Harbor for lunch and then a cruise around Gull Lake on Friday afternoon. John Allen and his crew were busy putting the final touches on the docks and preparing for the Friday night Captains reception at Fort Mahogany while several of us headed out to enjoy Gull Lake.
Race Boats are the featured marque for Saturday’s main event and it is shaping up to be an outstanding display of rare boats and engines. Dr Ken Muscatel brought Miss Detroit III with her 12 cylinder Curtiss and also Allison powered My Sweetie U-17. Mark Mason was giving rides in Curtiss WILGOLD III. It’s always fun to be around the Bar Harbor docks on the day before the show to catch some of boats being launched and driven to the docks. TORONTO MTP 6 is a 1951 33′ JJ Taylor owned by Scott Martin.
The Captain’s reception was held at John Allen’s fabulous Fort Mahogany. The building features John’s very impressive car and boat collection and there is something special to see at every turn. John’s family and the crew from Bar Harbor pulled out all the stops to make tonight a memorable event. I can’t wait to see the docks all filled up on Saturday.
The engine in Miss Detroit III would be worth the price of admission all by itself. The rest is just gravy.
Looks like another OMG event in Minnesota. Wishing Dave Bortner and all our friends up there good weather and good crowds. Have Fun!
Such a great show and crew. MN boating at its finest. Very proud to have been award winner at this show a few years back.
Wow! Looks like a great show. Ft Mahogany wood be the place to hang out.
I saw My Sweetie at the Niagara Frontier ACBS Show in Buffalo, NY several times many years ago. The Niagara Frontier Show is coming up Sept. 8, at the Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island. The BLC is the oldest power boat club in North America, founded in 1903. Hopefully we’ll see many Woodie Boater fans there!
Could be wrong but I seem to remember back in the late ’40’s or early ’50s when they had gold cup races on the upper part of Biscayne Bay, up near the inside of the Haulover bridge, My Sweetie was one of the competitors…I guess as a teenager, I should have paid more attention.
Real nice to see MTP 6. (Metro Toronto Police marine unit)
Boating in a Shepherd being pulled over by their Shepherd for no reason, other than talking Shepherds was cool.
Wow!!! A beautiful show of incredibly beautiful boats! The “Christy Craft” is my favorite! Although I’m a little biased, she is named after her owner my beautiful daughter-in-law. Together her and Ricky did amazing work to bring her back to her glory. What a fun way for all to see the work and glamour of these wonderful boats!
Stunning, beautiful boat.
Absolutely horrific lettering though. Was there a sale at the local craft store?
Sitting in from of the fire in the stove, away in Sweden and really woundering – Why am I here? And not there? Next year it’s a must to pop over. Time, set and match!
That has got to be the gosh dang coolest Dodge Power Wagons on the planet. And it’s a WOODY! WOW! Fits right in with all those fantastic wooden boats.
I have been in a lot of car collections but this is special,,it has the high end boats but a wide selection of cars from a stutz bear cat to 67 chevelle to 58 impala conv to woody wagons,,not to say a thing about the building itself,its a must see if you ever have the chance,over all well organized and just nice people,,after I was here for international a couple years ago,,I really look forward to another international there,,thanks to all,,,Bill
Not the first My Sweetie. There were three built. The first one had it’s nose cut off and mounted on a plaque. It’s in Detroit at a marina. here is a photo of it. It’s great to see this one restored and being shown. They were built here in Kawkawlin, Michigan.
U-17 is MY SWEETIE-JOHN FRANCIS. While it is referred to as the third in the series it would actually be the fourth due to the deliberate confusion with the first two.
In 1954 Dodge raced the remaining 3 boats together in the same race at the Detroit Silver Cup race, MY SWEETIE, DORA MY SWEETIE, and JOHN FRANCIS MY SWEETIE.
Here is a nice article on MY SWEETIE JOHN FRANCIS
And another link to the history of the MY SWEETIE boats