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APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit - 2006
Our first APBA sanctioned vintage race boat regatta was at Clayton, New York in 1992, where we got a chance to run our beloved vintage race boats on an actual race course, running some pretty hot laps!!!
Since then, in the spirit of Gar Wood and Orlin Johnson, we have run our Gar Wood Speedster on the APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit. Like vintage car racing, there are actually people out there who run their vintage race boats on APBA (American Power Boat Association) sanctioned race courses, and participate in a very active APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit.
These vintage regattas are run under the rules, regulations and insurance of the Vintage & Historic Division of the American Power Boat Association - APBA. Tom Bertolini is our chainman and Alan Radue is our Vice Chairman. This is pretty serious stuff, complete with surveyed courses, safety inspections, drivers meetings, crane launching and demonstration heats usually of 5 or 6 laps. We do have fun, but safety is our main concern, and our APBA Vintage & Historic Division has a great record of running safe events.
Thanks to Brian Small and his APBA Safety/Rescue Team - job well done !!!
Click here for more info - APBA V&H Division
Click here for lots of photos
Click here for more info - 2007 APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit
For 2006, our NH Navy was well represented on the vintage circuit, as we ran some pretty hot laps with our beloved vintage race boats on APBA sanctioned courses.
Gold Cup Speedster
Gold Cup Speedster
Boomerang David Coffin Gold Cup/Unlimited Ednandy Gerald Davidson F225 Class Wildcat Vince Bober Gold Cup Arab IV Jeff Magnuson Gold Cup/Unlimited Adieu Norm Gavin Speedster
Bombita Russell Sharples Gold Cup Screaming Meemie Skip Weeks SK Flat Bottom
Gerri Prusko Jersey Speed Skiff
Bob Mueller Jersey Speed Skiff
Jersey Speed Skiff
Bill Mehan Jersey Speed Skiff
The APBA vintage events we attended in 2006:
APBA Vintage Winter Gathering - February 25, 2006
Tom & Jacq Bertolini invited us to Detroit for our fourth annual APBA Vintage Winter Gathering. This year's Winter Gathering attracted over 90 hard-core, vintage race boat addicts. We all had a great time, the vintage banter and videos continued well into the wee hours, and everyone behaved - except Dave Johnson. Click here for lots of photos.
Valleyfield, Quebec APBA Regatta - July 7-9, 2006
Ben Lemay worked hard to bring our vintage race boats back to Valleyfield again this summer. This is a huge event, the largest inboard regatta in North America, running a mix of inboard hydroplanes, unlimited hydroplanes, Jersey Speed Skiffs, flat bottoms, and of course our beloved vintage race boats. Click here for photos
Detroit APBA Gold Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Regatta - July 14-16, 2006
Tom Bertolini and Alan Radue returned from our APBA annual meeting and started planning for this summer's Detroit APBA Gold Cup. Tom ran the APBA/Gold Cup program and Alan handled the Vintage program. The Gold Cup is perhaps the most exciting event on our vintage circuit - as we get to run on the historic Gold Cup Course with the Unlimited Hydroplanes. Click here for photos
Clayton Antique Race Boat Regatta - August 17-20, 2006hotos from this year's event.
Marv Hart and crew worked very hard to expand Clayton to a full, four day APBA vintage event. Clayton is the birthplace of our APBA Vintage & Historic Division, holding our first antique boat regatta in 1992, and Clayton continues to be the biggest event on the APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit. This summer's regatta expanded to 4 full days, featured a Drivers Clinic, and with addition docking, well over 100 vintage race boats, ran demonstration laps on the course setup in front of the Museum. Make no mistake about it - Clayton was THE vintage event last summer !!! Click here for photos
Wheeling Vintage Race Boat Regatta - September 2-3, 2006
Dan & Deb Joseph invited us to Wheeling, West Virginia to participate in their first APBA vintage regatta, on Labor Day weekend on the Ohio River in downtown Wheeling WV. Safety inspections and registration were on Saturday Sept. 2, with a meet-and-greet for the public in the pits in the afternoon. Dinner was held inside for vintage people and invited guests, followed by a public showing (big-screens!) of the movie "Madison." Then after and an early Sunday morning Drivers Meeting, we ran vintage exhibitions heats all day long. Click here for photos
Buffalo Vintage Race Boat Regatta - September 8-10, 2006
Bill and Rich DeGlopper planned another great Buffalo vintage event. Their hospitality is second to none, and the beautiful vintage boats started arriving on Friday morning, Sept 8th with registration and APBA vintage safety inspections during the day, followed with the now famous free "Pit Pass Party" at the Launch Club. The Vintage boats were on display on Saturday and ran demonstration laps on the historic BLC race course all day long. The sights and sounds were spectacular from the docks - and you just gotta check out the great videos produced by Rich DeGlopper. Click here for photos
Lake George Vintage Raceboat Regatta - September 22-23, 2006
Teri and Jean Hoffman again hosted their biannual Lake George vintage race boat regatta. The fun started on Friday morning, September 22nd with a huge hot air balloon rendezvous, followed in the afternoon with a parade of our vintage race boats right through Lake George village, followed in the evening with the infamous feast at the lakeside home of Jean Hoffman. Then on Saturday we ran vintage heats on the course all day long. Click here for photos.
Yup - our 2006 APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit was a lot of fun, and we are now busy planning for 2007. Click here for our APBA Vintage Race Boat Circuit - 2007 !!!
A note to all participants !!!
For insurance and safety reasons, to run your vintage race boat at speed on the course, you must be a current APBA member (American Power Boat Association) and your vintage boat must qualify and pass our APBA Safety Inspection. If you do not pass Safety Inspection, you will stay on the trailer. Safety is the #1 priority of this event.
Click here for Safety Inspection Form
If you are interested in joining the fun, or just curious, here are some Websites with more information - to get you deeper involved.
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