Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta

November 14-16, 2014

Recap, Photos & Videos !!!

Shoot To Thrill Video  - Pete Boden

The past came alive as 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 CRA Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit, and this winter's regatta expanded to 3 full days, with 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 were also invited to view them close-up in the pit area at Wooton Park on both Saturday and Sunday. And with the help of Rich Luhrs and Roger Hinsdale, CRA again welcomed the OFF group to join the event, along with a grand OFF Celebration on Friday evening. This was our biggest and best Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta with 67 registered vintage boats, and the biggest class were the outboards !!!

OFF - Old Friends Forever

On Thursday morning, had to move a few seaplanes to clear the Tavares Hot Pits.


Wooton Park, Tavares

Then the vintage race boats started to arrive on Thursday afternoon !!!







On Friday, we moved the vintage race boats into the hot pits !!!

















On Friday evening, it was time to celebrate with good friends, with a special celebration honoring the OFF group. It is important to remember that these vintage events are really social events, and every vintage Regatta is actually a reunion and gathering of good friends with our beautiful vintage boats in the background, pulling us together. All are welcome to come join the fun, with or without a boat. We hope you will join us at our next Regatta !!!

OFF - Old Friends Forever

But alas - the crane arrived late so we missed most of the celebration.



Then on Saturday morning it was time to rock & roll, with the driver/rider meeting at 8 am and the vintage heats started at 9. Man, did we have some fun !!!









































After a full day of vintage action, on Saturday evening it was time to celebrate !!!

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