Classic Boats & Cars Gather For The 2015 Wooden Keels and Vintage Wheels Show At Indian Lake, Ohio

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Viewing Mike and Bonnie Fogarty’s 1955 16′ Century Resorter named “Age in Wood” and son Brian Fogarty’s 1955 Wolverine Deluxe W- 14 with a Original 1955 Evinrude 25 named “Brian’s Weigh”.

TODAY WE TRAVEL TO INDIAN LAKE IN CENTRAL OHIO with fellow Woody Boater Brian Fogarty who sent us this great report from last weekend’s Wooden Keels and Vintage Wheels show. This event features a very diverse selection of antique & classic boats which is always great to see. Also on hand was a nice group of vintage & custom cars for this years show.

There were two kinds of wood at Russells Point Harbor on Indian Lake last weekend – the beautiful varnished wood used to build the classic boats, and the (less beautiful) natural wood that was used to build the docks. In order see and appreciate the beautiful varnished wood without being interrupted by the natural wood on the docks, Brian had to shoot many of the boats from their transoms. Nice work Brian! – Texx

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Winner of Captains Choice Award: “Timeless”, 1957 21′ Century Coronado owned by Robert Laubreck.

Live-ish from Indian Lake, Ohio
17th Annual Wooden Keels and Vintage Wheels Show
Report by Brian Fogarty / Photos by Barbara Peters

Texx – What a great turnout for the July 17,18,19th 2015 annual Wooden Keels and Vintage Wheels Show at Russells Point Harbor on Indian Lake in central Ohio!!

We had 38 antique and classic boats along with a wonderful display of vintage cars. The show is one of the activities of the Indian Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. The harbor venue, site of the former amusement park known from 1925-1970 as Ohio’s Million Dollar Playground, sparkled after its recent upgrades.

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A great harbor view of the antique & classic boats at the Indian Lake ACBS Boat Show.

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The legendary Chris-Craft Barrelbacks are always a crowd favorite at boat shows. – Here’s a 1941 17′ Chris-Craft Deluxe Runabout named “Somethin Special” owned by Pat and Jan Keenan.

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Peoples Choice: “Diamond Girl”, 1983 20′ Marinacci owned by Clint and Krystn Berkfield.

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1956 Chris-Craft 19′ Capri owned by Ken and Jill Schueller.

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A cool 1959 14′ Richline with a 1960 Evinrude Big Twin 40 hp engine owned by Mitchell Schlotterer (Sometimes “less is more” – Texx)

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A rare 1929 Meteor 27′ named “Beemer” was at the Indian Lake show, which is owner by Bob and Carolyn Whited. A beautiful wooden boat.

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Here’s a 1954 20′ Chris-Craft Sportsman owned by John and Bonnie Coleman – John is Past President of the Indian Lake Chapter ACBS.

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A very nice 1940 23′ Chris-Craft Special named “Lady of the Lake” owned by Steve and Sally Hale.

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Steve and Cynthia Shaltry’s 1953 14′ Century Imperial Sportsman – Very cool.

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The Vintage Wheels part of the show also featured a wide range of antique, classic and custom cars.

A fabulous weekend of classic boating and great friends gathered together to share a common interest. – Brian Fogarty

From the Indian Lake Chapter ACBS website / mission statement:

“The vision of the Indian Lake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society is to provide an organization where people with a common interest in and love of historic, antique, and classic boats can come together with friends and colleagues in a spirit of fellowship and fun to share dreams, adventures, knowledge, history and experiences.”

“Our chapter promotes this vision to enthusiasts throughout central and northwestern Ohio. We are a volunteer, non-profit organization based at Indian Lake.”

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Special thanks to Brian Fogarty for sharing this report with us today. Also to the Indian Lakes Chapter and volunteers for keeping the spirit alive. For more information on the Indian Lakes Chapter you can Click Here to visit their website.

Brian Fogarty also manages the informative Wagemaker Wolverine Boat Owners website which you can see by Clicking Here.


10 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Thanks for the report! It seems like dock builders everywhere don’t take into consideration the needs of a Woodyboater photographer and journalist. Maybe ACBS should publish guidelines on orienting docks to the morning sun, maximum post height etc.

    • Greg Wallace
      Greg Wallace says:

      Great report Brian!! Thanks for your great coverage of our festivities and for all your help and contributions to our local chapter and the success of our show.

    • Greg Wallace
      Greg Wallace says:

      “Lady Of The Lake” is the original name applied to Hull# 22163 at the factory. She was special ordered late in the 1940 model run and is the only 23 barrel back of any year with twin engines. The original purchaser from Grand Lake, Colorado ordered the boat with twin 121HP KBs to be the fastest boat on the lake. The complete documented story would make a tasty article all by itself. She was meticulously cared for her entire life and still retains 99% of her original wood with the exception of her bottom. She is truly fabulous and currently owned by a delightful Indian Lake Family.

      • Texx
        Texx says:

        Thanks for chiming in Greg. Great information. It would be fun to do a feature story on “Lady of the Lake” if possible. We love these kind of stories. – Texx

  2. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Looks like a great show and venue! The Marinacci (I believe) was a collaboration between Julius Marinacci and Curt Erickson and (I believe) was the last boat that Julius built. He was the mastermind behind the Fairliner Torpedo and other runabouts and boats built by Fairliner in Tacoma, WA. in the 40’s and 50’s. The boat is featured on pgs 283-285 in Real Runabouts V.

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