past will come alive as the vintage and classic race boats of
bygone eras return to Wooton Park in
Tavares, Florida for our
Thunder Regatta. Tavares is
major stop on the Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit with over 75 beautifully
restored vintage and classic race boats running demonstration
laps on a 1 mile oval course
on beautiful Lake Dora. In
addition to seeing and hearing these unique and beautiful boats
run, spectators are invited to view them close-up in the pit
area at Wooton Park on both Saturday and Sunday. We will
be running large heats of all the APBA vintage classes, including
outboards, classic glass, small hydros, mid-hydros, large hydros, flatbottoms, skiffs, speedsters, gold cuppers, and fire
breathing grand prix hydros. The sights and sounds will be just
magnificent and admission is free, so come join all the fun !!!
Legendary Boats of Chris-Craft
Back in 1894, thrill-seeking vacationers on Michigan's St. Clair River paid a nickel or so to skip across the water at 5mph in a powered rowboat. At the helm was Christopher Columbus Smith, a boatbuilder as well as an outdoors guide and market hunter.
He and his older brother Hank had joined up to build boats in Algonac, Michigan, some 10 years earlier. What they began there eventually became a company name synonymous with powerboating worldwideŚChris-Craft.
And joining the local
fleet of vintage race boats during
the winter months when the northern summer vintage events are in hibernation, the northern snow birds are increasingly hauling their
beautifully restored vintage and classic race boats down to Florida to
enjoy the sunny and warm Florida weather and to participate on our
Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit.
With the flat
water on the small inland Florida lakes, these regattas
are attracting large boat counts with well over 75 vintage and classic race boats at the
last several events, along with huge crowds. The regatta participants have fun running
their beautifully restored vintage race boats at speed on a race course in the warm Florida sun, and
the public gets a chance to see, hear and experience the rich history of
racing. Admission is free, so come join all the fun for our
next event !!!
Tavares Spring Thunder
Schedule & Participants !!!