Vintage Race Boat Shop

We maintain vintage wooden boats,

by providing year round maintenance

and treating each boat with special care.

Bill John


Reproduction vintage race boats.

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Bill John - owner/driver

Gerri Prusko - riding mechanic


Vintage Race Boat Shop

PO Box 1457

 Mount Dora, Fl. 32756


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Monthly Fun Run & Gathering

May 2, 2015

On May 2nd, the first Saturday of the month, our local CRA group will be launching our boats at the Gilbert Park ramp in Mount Dora for our next Monthly Fun Run & Gathering. This will be a full day on the flat water of the beautiful Harris Chain of Lakes, including a grand lunch social. Even without a boat, please join us for lunch, lots of banter and a regatta update !!!


Launching ceremonies begin at 9 AM and then we leave at 10 AM to cruise all over the beautiful Harris Chain of Lakes, including the newly cleared/dredged Dora Canal. At noon, we will stop for lunch at the famous Lake Harris Hideaway. A great day on the water with lots of food, grog and good friends with happy wind burned faces.

All boat types are welcomed - pontoon boats gotta keep up with the pack !

Monthly Fun Run & Gathering

Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta

November 13-15, 2015



Fall Thunder Regatta Video  - Pete Boden

Spring Thunder Regatta Video - Pete Boden

The past will come alive as the vintage and classic race boats of bygone eras return to Wooton Park in Tavares, Florida for our next annual Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta. Tavares is now a 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 vintage classes, including outboards, small hydros, mid-hydros, large hydros, flatbottoms, skiffs, speedsters, gold cuppers, and fire breathing grand prix hydros.

Great News - OFF & CRA !!!

Rich Luhrs has made the connection with the Classic Race Boat Association to bring Old Friends Forever (OFF) into the CRA fold. The third event will be November 13-15 in Tavares, Florida. Bert Serra tells me that Bill Seebold will be coming again and plans to play in Jackie's golf outing on Thursday. Please join all the fun Al'S Landing on Friday evening for the Opening Reception & OFF Celebration.   Rich Luhrs

Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta - November 13-15, 2015

Last Update: April 26, 2015

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