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Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta - Page 1

November 13-15, 2015

Recap, Photos & Videos !!!

This was another huge gathering of vintage race boats and our biggest and best Tavares Fall Thunder Regatta so far with 65 registered boats. It was a grand vintage reunion of good friends, with the vintage race boats in the background, pulling us together again for a grand celebration !!!


The past came alive as 65 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 Fall'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.

 

This was our biggest and best Tavares Fall event yet - with 65 registered vintage race boats !!!

F. Peirce Williams Action Photos !!!

On Thursday morning, had to move a few seaplanes to clear the Tavares Hot Pits. Wooton Park is actually a seaplane base with wide ramps, huge hot pit area and Av-Gas. Our vintage race boat motors love Av-Gas !!!

Wooton Park, Tavares

         

On Thursday afternoon we hauled the CRA equipment trailer and safety/rescue boat to the Hot Pits. Then we worked on the course markers, fueled then launched the safety/rescue boat and set the course. Many thanks to Bill Frodle and his crew.

 

Also on Thursday afternoon, Roger and Bill LaPierre along with master mechanic Dave Nagal were busy thrashing on the 383 stroker motor in Roger's hydroplane - Wildcatter. 

         

On Friday morning the crane arrived and we started to setup the Hot Pits. And then on Friday evening it was time to celebrate with good friends, good food and lots of grog. 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 !!!

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After an evening of celebration on Friday evening, we started early on Saturday morning with the Driver/Rider Meeting at 8am.

     

 

Then it was time to rock & roll, as we ran vintage heats all day long from 9am till 5pm.

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

 

On Saturday evening it was time to celebrate again with good friends, good food and lots of grog. We also presented some vintage awards and a special thank you to our beloved CRA volunteers. Congratulations to Jeanie Bowen on her Outboard Transom award !!!

 

   

       

After another evening of celebration, we started Then it was time to rock & roll, as we ran vintage heats all day long from 9am till 5pm.early Sunday morning with the Drivers Meeting at 8am. Then it was time to rock & roll again, as we ran vintage heats all day long from 9 till 5pm !!!

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

 

The following photos were taken by Lars Strom - thanks Lars !!!

         

         

         

         

         

         

The following photos were taken by Sam Cobb Photography - thanks Sam !!!

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

       

   

 

Click here for Page 2 - more Regatta Photos & Videos !!!

 


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