Vintage Race Boat Shop

We maintain vintage wooden boats,

by providing year round maintenance

and treating each boat with special care.

Bill John

Reproduction vintage race boats.

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Bill John - owner/driver

Gerri Prusko - riding mechanic


Vintage Race Boat Shop

PO Box 1457

 Mount Dora, Fl. 32756


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Monthly Fun Run & Gathering

First Saturday of the month.

December 5, 2015

The Classic Raceboat Association (CRA) is a Tavares, Florida based non-profit organization formed to organize, promote and run both fun-runs and vintage regattas on our Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. These are vintage and classic race boats from the early 1900s to the 1980s. It is also interesting to note that many CRA members do not own vintage race boats but join for the social activities, especially all the fun at our regattas and our Monthly Fun Run & Gathering. Our winter boating season is just beginning down here in Florida, all boat types are welcomed, come join all the fun !!!


On December 5th, the first Saturday of the month, our local CRA group will be launching our boats at the Gilbert Park ramp in Mount Dora for our next Monthly Fun Run & Gathering. This will be a full day on the flat water of the beautiful Harris Chain of Lakes, including a grand lunch social. Even without a boat, please join us for lunch, lots of banter and a regatta update.

Monthly Fun Run & Gathering !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

March 11-13, 2016

The past will come alive as the vintage and classic race boats of bygone eras return to Wooton Park in Tavares, Florida for our next annual Tavares Spring 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, small hydros, mid-hydros, large hydros, flatbottoms, skiffs, speedsters, gold cuppers, and fire breathing grand prix hydros. The sights and sounds will be just magnificent, come join all the fun !!!

CRA Video by Tom D'Eath

CRA Shoot To Thrill Video  - By Pete Boden


And joining the local fleet of vintage race boats during the winter months when the northern summer vintage events are in hibernation, the northern snow birds are increasingly hauling their beautifully restored vintage and classic race boats down to Florida to enjoy the sunny and warm Florida weather and to participate on our fast growing Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit. With the flat water on the small inland Florida lakes, these regattas are attracting large boat counts with well over 75 vintage and classic race boats at the last several events, along with huge crowds. The regatta participants have fun running their beautifully restored vintage race boats at speed on a race course in the warm Florida sun, and the public gets a chance to see, hear and experience the rich history of powerboat racing. The sights and sounds are just magnificent, come join us for our next event !!!

Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

Florida Vintage Race Boat Circuit

Last Update: November 25, 2015

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