The Boat Show 100 Years In The Making.

The Show of the 100 year

One Hundred Years ago when Christopher Smith and Gar Wood, John Hacker and countless others could not imagine the revolution they had started. A revolution of joy, family, fun, freedom. The mass production of motor boats.

A young John Hacker

We are so very lucky to be blessed with so much rich history still around us. Passion is a wonderful thing. And to be able to stop time for a day and celebrate at the home where it all began, is a gift we all should take advantage of.

The gang.

Each year there is a special show out there from all the annual shows that stand out. And going and being part of the celebration is a must. This year its this show in Algonac, and the original factory location.

The show location

If you have never been there, This is the year. Its a very special place, and once you get there, you “get it” how our passion for classic boats all started. Its like visiting the South Of France, and Bam, all those amazing Impressionistic paintings make sense. You can immerse yourself in it all. It’s less about the stuff, and more about the gestalt of it all. Ya, I know this gets kind of deep, but trust me, if you are open to all the vibes of the universe, you will leave with a far deeper understanding of our united passion, than when you came.

Gar and Christopher will be waiting for you.

Here is the info if you are open to being bathed in the glory of history. Or just want to win a trophy.
2022 Michigan Chapter Antique & Classic Boat Show
The 100th Anniversary Celebration of Chris Craft
“Where It All Began”
June 24 – June 26, 2022
Algonac Harbour Club, Algonac, Michigan


Oh and that glorious blue water.

The home of parts

Oh, and some insane boats! Like one off amazing special boats.

Imagine an entire town where our history is understood.


Here is a reminder of the time we filmed CBS Sunday Morning in Algonac.

19 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    Wow Matt, what a great shameless plug and nice surprise to see on a Saturday morning. Your timing is perfect, as the Michigan gang is getting together this morning for one of our last planning meetings before the big event. 100 years is very special to us. We are expecting as many as 100 boats to participate and many of them are from out of state. Our Canadian friends can get here again and there will be great reunions after not seeing them for three years. The party will include a lot of water time on the beautiful St. Clair flats and special 100 birthday celebrations. We are looking forward to all the WoodyBoaters joining us!

    • Greg Lewandowski
      Greg Lewandowski says:

      Victor, we welcome all boats and have a judging class for Classic Glass. I look forward to seeing you!

  2. Troy in NC
    Troy in NC says:

    Algonac is definitely one of the shows that we want to attend, and this would be the year.

    Unfortunately as we make our way up the eastern seaboard I don’t see how we will be able to make it.

    Passing through the Chesapeake next week. Hope we get to see some good friends!

    (Photo credit Debra Arkley)

  3. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    So good to watch that CBS Sunday Morning piece again. Fiberglass trees? I smell a headline.

  4. Tparsons56
    Tparsons56 says:

    Do we can do a reverse “daisy chain” to get one of Matts boats (except Sweet Pea) back to Michigan for the show? Maybe the first driver can hog tie Matt and throw him in the back of the boat with a bottle of water and a chicken on a stick for the trip. I can do Ohio to Algonac!

  5. Tom Roamer
    Tom Roamer says:

    Don’t forget aluminum. Can’t make the trip. Too big to trailer, not enough time for a round trip via water.

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

    I like the idea of hog tying Matt and taking him to the show. If you need any help let me know I am going to try to make the show myself. Will they let Penn Yans in?

    • Greg Lewandowski
      Greg Lewandowski says:

      Penn Yanns and any other make of classic watercraft of any material construction are welcome. I just found out this morning that we have at least 10 cruisers of forty feet or over registered. The big boat captains are really joining the party!

  7. Tparsons56
    Tparsons56 says:

    Ok Michigan gang – I have a better way of getting Matt to the show. We spread a rumor that a barn find of a factory prototype twin Cadillac engine 25’ Sportsman with Cobra Fin has been found in the Algonac area. The owner wants to deal but he is only in the area on June 25th.

    What do you think?

  8. ART
    ART says:

    I know that boat and all it needs is some varnish and some soap and water to be a 10. Plus the lifting rings are position correctly.

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