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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Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta

March 20-22, 2015



CRA Shoot To Thrill Video  - By Pete Boden !!!

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.

As a special treat, we will be running three vintage unlimited race boats on the course. These are the biggest and fastest vintage boats on the circuit, running fire breathing Allison V-12 aircraft engines. The sights and sounds will be just magnificent, come join all the fun !!!


Tavares Spring Thunder Regatta - March 20-22, 2015

Monthly Fun Run & Gathering

April 4, 2015

On April 4th, 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 !!!


Launching ceremonies begin at 9 AM and then we leave at 10 AM to cruise all over the beautiful Harris Chain of Lakes, including the newly cleared/dredged Dora Canal. At noon, we will stop for lunch at the famous Lake Harris Hideaway. A great day on the water with lots of food, grog and good friends with happy wind burned faces.

All boat types are welcomed - pontoon boats gotta keep up with the pack !

Monthly Fun Run & Gathering

Last Update: March 28, 2015

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