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Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

March 15-17, 2013

Recap & Photos !!!

Regatta Photos by F. Peirce Williams !!!


On early Thursday morning, March 4th we found some last minute thrashing at John Freeman's shop. Dave Nagel had just finished the motor for John Bartell's hydro and the crew was busy installing the motor in Roger LaPierre's Grand Prix Hydro - Dinomytes.

       

       

         

On Thursday afternoon two teams from Canada setup their small outboard racers and ran several test sessions on the flat water of beautiful Lake Dora. All went well, after a few minor adjustments.

         

         

         

       

       

On Friday morning, registration began bright and early and continued all day long. Gerri Prusko had a full crew of volunteers at the Registration Tent and walked each team member trough the required CRA and APBA safety and insurance forms. With lots of smiles in the warm Florida sun, everyone finally got through the process.   

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

After registration, the beautiful vintage race boats were hauled by tractors to the hot pits for setup. It was a fun day in the warm Florida sun, setting up all the boats on their trailers, in formation around the huge 90 ton crane. Many thanks to Kenny Gallup !!!

           

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

       

On Friday evening, it was time to celebrate !!!

         

         

         

         

       

On Saturday morning at 8 AM the Driver/Rider Meeting started with a roll call and then reviewed all the safety essentials. Then it was show time at 9 AM as we ran vintage heats every 30 minutes all day long on Saturday and Sunday. The sights and sounds were just magnificent !!!

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

     

When the Hot Pitts were shut down during the lunch break, spectators with proper wrist bands were allowed in to see the beautifully restored vintage race boats and talk with the crew members. The crowds were huge, our largest CRA Regatta yet!!!

     

         

         

         

         

After the lunch break it was show time again, as we ran all the heats a second time. What fun !!!

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

     

     

After a full day of vintage action, it was party time at the Saturday evening awards/celebration!!

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

     

After a fun Saturday evening of celebration, we started early again on Sunday for another full day of vintage heats on beautiful Lake Dora !!!

     


 

After several days of therapy riding my motorcycle, now back posting many, many photos over the next few days, with well over 1,000 shots to sort through, edit and post. So please check back frequently and follow our progress. It its a true labor of love, to share the many magical moments at our recent Tavares Spring  Thunder Classic Regatta. Come join all the fun and all the adventure, with three Classic Race Boat Regattas on the CRA Winter Vintage Race Boat Circuit !!!

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Regatta Photos by F. Peirce Williams !!!

 


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