Heartland Classics at Lake Lotawana 2017

There is a newly formed and growing Wooden and Classic Boat Club at Lake Lotawana, Missouri which is southeast of Kansas City.  This group wanted to contribute to the community by having a boat show that would benefit the city’s Parks & Recreation Department.  To make the show spectacular, they invited the ACBS Heartland Classics Chapter to bring wooden boats and be part of the show weekend.  

In the beginning, there were nine ACBS member boats that joined the local boats to make almost two dozen antique and classic boats for the public to enjoy.

“Diamond Lil” 1930 Chris Craft 100 owned by event coordinator David Wysong

The hosts for the event and the whole community were the epitome of graciousness.  As Heartland members arrived, we were greeted warmly, boat launching was orchestrated by a crew of helpers and we were guests in their homes.

This was a fundraiser. Prior to the event, Lake Lotawana residents had “purchased a ride” in one of the visiting boats – big $$$.  What could be better – boating with new friends in an old boat on a beautiful lake and raising funds for a needed project at the same time.

“Woodwind” 1940 Chris Craft Barrelback owned by Buddy & Sherri Butler

Raffle tickets were sold to win a ride in the 1964 Amphicar owned by Tim Wahl.  Kevin and Jeanne won one of the drawings. 

Pictures are worth a thousand words – those words would say repeatedly “great show” with “gorgeous boats” and “wonderful people” having fun and enjoying “perfect weather” and “scrumptious meals”.  So here is a parade of pictures of some of the boats to tell the rest of the story:

1954 Chris Craft Special Sportsman 20′ Hardtop owned by Don and Kathy Parker

1955 Chris Craft Cavalier owned by Richard and Cara Moist

1955 Chris Craft 21′ Cobra owned by Dan and Alicia Diehl

1957 Chris Craft 17′ Sportsman owned by Mark Zobrist

1958 Century Coronado owned by Kevin and Jeanne Hogan

1958 North Ambassador owned by Dr. David and Brian Tillema

1962 Century Sabre owned by Chick and Karon Wheat

1964 Chris Craft Super Sport owned by Michael and Angela Beachner

1966 Century Coronado owned by John III and John IV Belger.

1996 Grand Craft Utility named “Vacationland” owned by Tim Wahl

1996 Hacker Craft Double owned by Forrest and Kally Bryant

There were several beautiful small craft including this one

Heartland Classics members were honored to be part of this Lake Lotawana Wooden and Classic Boat Show





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