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Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta

Heat Schedule & Participants

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 vintage classes, including outboards, Donzi's, 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 the admission is free, so come join all the fun !!!

 

The Invitation/Registration Packets will be mailed to past Tavares participants and we are posting each registered entry as received and assigned to a vintage heat. If you have not participated at Tavares but want to join all the fun, please contact Bill John at  BillJohn48@Comcast.net

 

Admission to Wooton Park is free, and there are three options to

get into the Hot Pits all day long on both Saturday and Sunday.

              1. Be a crew member on a participating vintage boat team.

              2. Be a volunteer.

              3. Be a CRA Member.

                       CRA Membership Form


Wooton Park Layout

Wooton Park - Current Development Plan

 

Fall Thunder Regatta Video  - Pete Boden

Spring Thunder Regatta Video - Pete Boden

Recap & Photos - Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

Regatta Heat Schedule

Friday - registration, setup, inspections, media.

Saturday & Sunday - vintage heats every 30 minutes !!!

               
General Admission - free !!!       Vintage heats every 30 minutes !!
CRA Member Pit Pass - no charge       Two parade/photo laps with pace boat
CRA Annual Membership - $40       Then six laps at speed - have fun !!!
Time

Heat #

 

Boat

 Count

Heat Assignment      

Friday

       
9:00 AM       Registration, setup crane, hot pits, stage boats, inspections
       
3:00 PM       Outboard trailer firing !!!
       
Saturday & Sunday      
8:00 AM Mandatory Driver/Rider Meeting        
8:30 AM     Patrol/Turn/Safety boat meeting - at control tower
        Position Turn Boats & Safety/Rescue boat with flags & flares
        Position Patrol/Picket Boats - outside the course
        Position safety crew and ambulance near the Hot Pit area
         
        RC Race Boats on display & running all day in the lagoon
        Display Boats in the Hot Pits
             
8:55 AM       National Anthem    
             
9:00 AM 1     Small Outboards   Tractor launch  
                 
  2     Small Hydroplanes   Crane launch  
                 
  3     V-Bottom Outboards Tractor launch  
                 
  4     Mid Hydroplanes Crane launch  
                 
  5     Tunnel Hull Outboards Tractor launch  
                 
  6     Classic Glass - Jersey Skiffs Crane/Tractor Launch  
                 
  7     Classic Glass - Donzi's Tractor Launch  
           
  8     Grand Prix Hydroplanes Crane Launch
           
  9     Switzer Wing Outboards Tractor Launch
           
  10     Vintage/Classic Offshore Boats Docked in the Lagoon
             

  Lunch Break 1:00 to 2:00 - Hot Pits open for spectators with a Pit Pass & Wrist Band !!!

                 
2:00 PM Repeat all the morning heats !!!
   
  On Sunday - 10 lap heats in the morning - no afternoon heats - breakdown at 2pm.

 

 

Participants - Past Tavares Regattas

Entries flagged with "*" registered for our Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta !!!

Vintage/Classic Offshore Race Boats 

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

66

Really Ridiculous*

Kurt Groom*

38 Foot Bertram

Offshore Race Boat

Vintage Unlimited Hydroplanes

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

U-36

Miss US*

Jay Armstrong*

Lauterbach

Unlimited

Hydroplane

U-55

Gale V

Bill Black

Staudacher

Unlimited

Hydroplane

Vintage Switzer Wing Outboards

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

Red Bird*

 

Ted Boyd*

 

Switzer Wing

Outboard

UU-16

Thunderball*

 

Chris Boyd*

 

Switzer Wing

Outboard

T-119

Miss Diablo 3*

Kevin Boyd*

Outboard

T-2

Dust-n the Wind II*

Rich Luhrs*

Switzer Wing

Outboard

T-119

Miss Diablo 3

 

Roger Hinsdale

 

Switzer Wing

Outboard

Vintage Grand Prix Hydroplanes

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

GP-115

Scorpio*

Dick Whyte*

Lauterbach

Grand Prix Hydro

GP-200

Lauterbach Special*

Dave Richardson*

Lauterbach

Grand Prix Hydro

GP-444

Miss Gangway*

Lyle Dinsmore*

Lauterbach

Grand Prix Hydro

GP-22

Lauterbach*

Dick Higgins*

Lauterbach

Grand Prix Hydro

H-202

Heavy Duty*

Gary Vore*

Lauterbach

7-Litre Hydro

GP-444

Edelweiss

Bill Pearson & Ken Rush

Lauterbach

Grand Prix Hydro

J-1

Blue Water Special

John Harvey

Jon Staudacher

7-Litre Hydro

TS-3

Catch Me If U Can

Edward Shields

Lauterbach

Grand Prix Hydro

GP-1001

Miss Dinomytes

Roger LaPierre

Lauterbach

Grand Prix Hydro

Vintage Grand Prix 2 Seat Hydros

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

GP-982

Concordia

Pierre Lavigne

Grand Prix Hydro

H-97

Blue Water Special

Chris Hall

Lauterbach

Grand Prix Hydro

Vintage Mid Hydroplanes

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

E-78

Double Eagle*

Susan & Forrest Elkins*

Sooy 280

Hydroplane

Barracuda* Tim Settle*

Wickens

266 Hydro

E-160

Heat Wave*

Harry & Kathy Holst*

280

Hydro

F-266

Miss Supersonic II*

John & Scott Kirschner*

Jones

266 Hydro

E-888

Miss New Jersey*

Steve Webster*

Lloyd

280 Hydro

E-102

Tijuana Taxi*

Jay Marshall*

Rich Hallett

280 Hydro

N-67

Prime Mover*

Mark Cravens*

Staudacher

5 Litre Hydro

E-156

Sin*

Paul Scopinich*

Lloyd

280 Hydro

F-1

The Buckeye Kid*

John Taggart & Paul Mezyk*

Ron Jones

6 Litre Hydro

E-37

Hire Voltage

Bill Whitehouse

Staudacher

5 Litre Hydro

N-75

The Specialist

Wain Trotter

Karelson

280 Hydro

E-143

Macaroni

Jim Houle

Ron Jones

280 Hydro

E-50

Hot To Trot

Ruth & Leo Croisetiere

Karelson

280 Hydro

F-999

Miss Washington DC

Roger LaPierre

Lauterbach

266 Hydro

E-4

Sir Ron III

Gary Vore

Ron Jones

280 Hydro

Razz-a-Matazz

Bill Picca

Staudacher

5 Litre Hydro

E-42

Go Go Girl

Steve & Brian Maloney

Lauterbach

280 Hydro

F-37

L’Eau Revuis

Jim Houle

280

Hydro

CE-4

Pure Canadian

Mike Yobe

Eldon Carothers

5 Litre Hydro

F-222

Opechee

Hal Laduc

Hallet

280 Hydro

Vintage Small  Hydroplanes

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

A-66

Competition*

Bill Morrison*

A-Mod

Hydroplane

S-145

Blue Chips*

Jed Wolcott*

Ruark

Hydroplane

A-76

Southern Pride*

Jean Batronie*

John Shewbrook

A-Mod Hydro

S-12

Fools Gold*

Mark Cravens*

225

Hydroplane

Y-36

Carol Suzanne*

Rusty Sedlack*

48 Cubic Inch

Hydroplane

S-77

Pixie*

Wayne Butler*

S Class

Hydroplane

A-33

In Cahoots Again

Jim Aid

Staudacher

2.5 Mod Hydroplane

S-94

Hi-Q

Bob Moore

Loyd

Hydroplane

S-149

Ike

JoNel Roth

S Class

Hydroplane

T-2

Lil Miss Hillwinds

Billy Noonan

77 Sooy

Hydroplane

A-11

Big Chief

Carol Richardson

A-Mod

Hydroplane

N-414

Playtime

John Bartell

225

Hydroplane

Y-4

Playtime

Paul Scopinich

48 Cubic Inch

Hydroplane

Vintage Tunnel Hull Outboards

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

754

Gold Dust*

 

Roger Hinsdale*

 

Molinari

Outboard

835

Texaco*

Rayner Blair*

Seebold Tunnel

V-8 Outboard

#121

American Diabetes*

Steve Larkin*

V4 OMC

Velden

1937

Dennis Point Menace*

Bill Edwards*

E&T Tunnel

Outboard

291

Miss Horizontal II*

Kimberly Edwards Day*

E&T Tunnel

Outboard

85

Miss Carlson*

Jeff Kent*

1970 Art Carslson

GT IT Tunnel Hull

15

C+15*

Dale Littlejohn*

Carlson Tunnel

Outboard

835

E&T Tunnel*

Rayner Blair*

E&T

Tunnel

ET-22

Cosworth

Jackie Wilson

Cosworth

Endurance Tunnel

166

Evinrudes Forever

 

John Tiger

 

Seebold

Outboard

578

Melvin

Jon Edwards

E&T Tunnel

Outboard

57

Just Add Water

 

Ben Robertson

 

V8 Johnson

Veldon F1 Outboard

894

O'Berry Marine

Roger Hinsdale

1978 Renato Molinari

33

Molinari

Bob Schubert

Twin Evinrude

Molinari

CT-150

Cobra

Ken Fornwalt

Neal Baker

Tunnel

Vintage V Bottom Outboards

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

835

Allison*

Rayner Blair*

Allison

Outboard

Reflections*

Bob Walwork*

 

Raveau 17 Foot

Racing Runabout

Butter Pecan*

Allen Gammon*

Raveau 17 Foot

Racing Runabout

Raveau*

Steve Koenke*

 

Raveau 20 Foot

Racing Runabout

866

Allison*

Keith Barco*

Allison

Twin Outboard

95

The Ark

Jimmy Lewis

Allison

Outboard

866

Allison*

Keith Barco*

Allison

Twin Outboard

166

The Strangler

John Tiger

Allison

Outboard

Allison

Kenneth Shaw

Allison

Outboard

320

Hi Hopes

Tommy Bailey

Allison

Outboard

Vintage Small Outboards

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

82

Sweet Thing*

Herb Payne*

Allison

Outboard

FG-63

Rowdy II*

Beale Tilton*

OPC

Outboard

578

Melvin*

Jonathan Edwards*

E&T Tunnel

Outboard

Sweet Thing* Fuzzy Norris*

Allison

Outboard

Magnum Marauder Joel 1969 Maltese Magnum Marauder

SK- 60 

Tom Burwinkle

Stevens

SK Flatbottom

Natural Beauty Ghislain Freniere

Harold Kelly

B Runabout

Natural Beauty II Tina Freniere

Harold Kelly

B Runabout

Classic Glass - Donzi's & Flatbottoms

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

Schiada*

Bill John*

21 Foot

Classic Schiada

Donzi*

Jed Wolcott*

18 Foot

Classic Donzi

Jeanie*

Michael Matzok*

18 Foot

Classic Donzi

Red Donzi*

Lee Hildreth*

18 Foot 2+3

Classic Donzi

80-K

Super Cinders

Duff Daily & Matt O'Conner

Patterson

Unlimited Flatbottom

SK-72

Lil Miss Laurie

Mark & Austin Alkire

Miller

Flatbottom

Pacifer

Bert Harris

Baby Donzi

SK-586

Buoy Pirate

Ron Reynolds

Howard

Flatbottom

SE-569

It's Only Money

Randy Reynolds

Flatbottom

SK-68

Flim Flam

Danny Fleming

Howard

Flatbottom

Screamer

Roger Wynans

Classic Tunnel

Jet Boat

Fury

Barbara & Ken Warby

Evercraft Boats Sydney, Australia

Flatbottom

Tiger

Barbara & Ken Warby

Everingham Boats Sydney, Australia

Flatbottom

Classic Glass - Jersey Speed Skiffs

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

JS-77

Jeez Louize

Jeff Buckley* Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-70

Daze of Thunder*

Richie & JoAnn Weber*

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-47

Disorderly Conduct*

Kenny Gallup* Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-17

Skip Master Deluxe*

John Broply*

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-00

Orange Crate*

Bob Beatty*

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-254

Loco Motion*

Richard Megee*

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-5

Last Blast*

Skip Gillam & Paul Mezyk*

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-9

Warrior

Michael Gallup Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-30

Glory Days

Michel & Louis Alexander Beaudoin

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-39

UFO

Steve & Susan Webster Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-78

Lowe Blow

Bruce Lowe

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-47

My Precious

Gerri Prusko & Bill John

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-47

Bud Man

Steve & Brian Maloney

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-20

Georgia Peach

Jeb Boskey

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-16

Rock n Roll

Les Ely

Jersey Speed Skiff

Vintage Speedsters & Runabouts

Running hot laps on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

M-2

Sleeper

Bill Burgess

1931 Chris Craft

F Service Runabout

E-32

High Hopes Too

John Freeman & Dave Nagel

F Service Runabout

G-18

Rapture

Don Koenke

Gentleman's Racer

G-48

Obsession

Bill John

1946 Gar Wood Speedster

M-9

Sea Biscuit

Jeff Buckley

Prowler

F Service Runabout

G-4

Timeless

Joe Adams

Miss APBA Hacker

Gentleman's Racer

Golden Nugget

Butch Kropfeld

Gentleman's Racer

M-14

Intruder

John Freeman & Dave Nagel

Prowler

F Service Runabout

Au' Revoir Bill Feikert

Hacker Craft

Gentleman's Racer

Static Display & For Sale Boats

Vintage & Classic Boats on Display and For Sale !!!

E-105

Shock-Wave*

Dick Whyte*

6 Litre

Blide Hydro

N-414

Playtime*

John Bartell*

225

Hydroplane

Y-117

TinkerBell*

Steve Maloney*

Imgram Design

850 Hydroplane

Baby Donzi*

Bert Harris*

Baby Donzi

Cigarette*

Riley Wardrip*

1979

Cigarette

66

Really Ridiculous*

Kurt Groom*

38 Foot Bertram

Offshore Race Boat

Ford 460

Jet Drive*

Bill Feikert*

1976 Eliminator

Classic Jet Boat

Performance Pontoon*

James Horton*

Performance

Pontoon Boat

A-51*

Greg Sheldon*

Lauterbach

Hydroplane

M-9

Sea Biscuit*

Jeff Buckley*

Prowler

F Service Runabout

Outboard Display*

Frank Mizer*

Outboard

Boat & Motor Display

E-32

High Hopes Too*

John Freeman & Dave Nagel*

F Service Runabout

Miss Magnum

Tom Smyth

Magnum

Tunnel

Outboard

JS-3

Egg Beater

Harold Scott

Jersey Speed Skiff

Checkmate

Gordon Johnston

Checkmate

Outboard

Donzi

David Trafton

Sweet 16

Donzi

A-61

Skip

Tom Becker

Vintage

A-Mod Hydro

E-5

Mut's Boats Special

Denver Ray Mut

Staudacher

E Class Hydro

247

Tom Isaac

850 Hydro

Switzer

Ed Zink

Switzer Hugger Outboard

The Shadow

Jeff Kent

Allison Outboard

Y-88

Road Runner

Steve & Ray Maloney

Lauterbach

Hydroplane

Terminal Velocity

Johnny Reed

Allison Outboard

CE-4

Pure Canadian

Mike Yobe

Eldon Carothers

5 Litre Hydro

#33

Molinari

John Schubert

Twin Evinrude

Molinari

Wood Hydroplane

Jack Norris

3 Point

Hydroplane

JS-3

Jitterbug

Terry Ross

Jersey Speed Skiff

Glasspar Skip Gillam

G-3

Glasspar

Miss Thrifty

Jeff Buckley

ATA Class

Jones Hydro

A-33

Miss Dallas

WC Taylor

1976 Appel

4 Point Hydroplane

N-69

Old School Kid

Gregory Koske

225

Hydro

Hoppinwabit

Greg Jackson

Jersey Speed Skiff

JS-39

Mad Dog

Bill Feikert

Jersey Speed Skiff

CF-98

Bill Feikert

1958 Lloyd

F Class Hydro

Pacifer

Bert Harris

Baby Donzi

Ace

Tom Isaac

1955 Boat

1958 Mercury Motor

 

*Safety Inspection Warning*

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/equipment must qualify and pass an APBA vintage safety inspection. If you do not pass the safety inspection, you will stay on the trailer. Safety is the #1 priority of this event.

Inboard Vintage Inspection Form

Please be considerate and register early !!!

Regatta Registration Form

For more information or if you want to volunteer, please contact:

 Chairman:                         Registration:                       Socials: 
                     Bill John                         Gerri Prusko                  Jeannie Bowen            

     352-729-6060                     352-729-6060                   407-765-0995

     BillJohn48@Comcast.net   Vintageboat@Comcast.net   Jean63mt@msn.com

         

         

         

         

         

Check out these links !!!

CRA Video by Tom D'Eath

Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta Photos

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta Photos

Tavares Spring Thunder Photos by F. Peirce Williams

 


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