We have a passion for all vintage and classic boats including outboards, classic glass, inboard runabouts, skiffs, flat bottoms, hydroplanes, gold cuppers, and especially historic vintage race boats.

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Vintage Race Boat Shop

PO Box 1457

 Mount Dora, Fl. 32756




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A message from the


Bill John

When I was very young, and I spent my summers at my grandmother's waterfront home on Governors Island on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire that she call Lake Winds. She had a 1958 Century Coronado with a u-shaped dock, canvas cover and electric winch - very cool. Nana loved having us kids around. We were little pollywogs, always in the water and on very special occasions, Nana would take us all out for a boat ride in her Century Coronado. It had a big Cadillac/Crusader V-8 motor and after a little cheering from us kids "faster, faster Nana" she would floor the foot throttle and off we went with all us kids screaming and laughing. What fun growing up at Lake Winds !!!


Well - fast forward many years. After a 30 year career designing, installing and managing large corporate information systems followed by 10 years with our Vintage Race Boat Shop in Wolfeboro, NH we are now retired in beautiful Mount Dora, Florida. We are currently restoring an absolutely stunning 1947 waterfront home on Lakeshore Drive on Lake Dora that we are also calling Lake Winds. The restoration is coming along nicely and we will be posting the story line with lots of photos as the restoration process continues. We are finally back on the waterfront with a boathouse and loving life !!!

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Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta

November 17-19, 2017

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The past will come alive as the vintage and classic race boats of bygone eras return to Wooton Park in Tavares, Florida for our 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 the APBA vintage classes, including outboards, classic glass, small hydros, mid-hydros, large hydros, flatbottoms, skiffs, speedsters, offshore and fire breathing grand prix hydros. The sights and sounds will be just magnificent and admission is free, so come join all the fun !!!

CRA Shoot To Thrill Video  - By Pete Boden


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 fast growing 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 powerboat racing. The sights and sounds are magnificent and admission is free, so come join us at our next event!

Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

Last Update: September 17, 2017

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