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Vintage Speed Boats

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Ryan, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. greg32
    Joined: Jun 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,070

    from Indiana

    As a kid, frequently went to Crystal Lake(NW of Chicago a good way) with my best buddy's family. Early Sunday mornings, Switzer Craft would bring their race boats out to test. All were outboards with Mercury power. Most were smaller, 14 feet or so. But on occasion the real cool secret stuff came out. Check this out. A step beyond a hydroplane.
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  2. flyin-t
    Joined: Dec 29, 2004
    Posts: 1,348


    Always like the looks of the Switzer Shooting Star. I think they're 15 or 16 feet and they haul ass.

    When I was a kid Bellflower Marine was just around the corner from our house. There were lots of boat shops around too and both my dad and I worked in that industry building boats. Anyway Bob Massey owned Bellflower Marine and he also raced boats, he was famous for racing the Switzer Flying Wing. A family friend was a good friend of Massey's and crewed on his boats. Sadly Massey was killed testing a boat at Lake Elsinore around '70 if I remember right.

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  3. SbcMike65
    Joined: Nov 26, 2018
    Posts: 42


    IMG_0093.JPG IMG_0094.JPG IMG_0095.JPG IMG_0096.JPG IMG_0100.JPG IMG_0102.JPG IMG_0103.JPG IMG_0093.JPG IMG_0093.JPG IMG_0094.JPG IMG_0095.JPG IMG_0096.JPG IMG_0100.JPG IMG_0102.JPG IMG_0103.JPG My dad was into SK flat bottoms when my brother and I were teens as well as hot rods. We were lucky guys.
    As the old saying goes the nuts didn't drop to far from the tree or something like that.
    These pics are of a 1963 17ft. Stevens that my brother redid a few years ago. Casale v-drive with 389 Pontiac power (hence the name Old Goat). First trip across the lake brought tears to my eyes. Don't know if it was the speed or the memories of us doing the same thing 50 years earlier.
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  4. SbcMike65
    Joined: Nov 26, 2018
    Posts: 42


    IMG_2663.JPG Spotted this at a local car show this past year. The owner told me was that he wasn't allowed to show it at Tahoe wooden boat show because it was finished in automotive clear instead of varnish. Crazy little rules no matter the hobby.
  5. woodiemike
    Joined: Jun 19, 2010
    Posts: 313


    Little sumpin' for the pile.:D

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  6. camphoneguy
    Joined: Jun 4, 2010
    Posts: 31

    from Oregon

    Isn't that the way that Gar Wood raced? He drove and Orlin Johnson would manage the engine, including controlling the throttle, etc.? Is that one of the Miss America's?
  7. Tritone
    Joined: Sep 26, 2006
    Posts: 35


    Yes, U-14, Miss America VII. A great ride!
  8. Tritone
    Joined: Sep 26, 2006
    Posts: 35


    Repatriated stateside in the late '80's, fully restored from derelict status, now living the good life back at Tahoe.
  9. RRanchero Rick
    Joined: Nov 20, 2016
    Posts: 83

    RRanchero Rick

    10301512_837973529600105_8870423179510274926_n.jpg 1958 Lone Star, 1957 Ranchero.
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  10. tractorguy
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 667


    I see Otto Crocker was an official and Eddie Meyer was piloting one of the boats.......timing is timing and speed is speed whether on the water or the dirt at El Mirage . What a great time in the California hot rod scene. Have fun.
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  11. Not sure if this was mentioned but there is an antique racing boat museum in Watertown New York. It is a great place to see so many racing boats of the past . Very well organized and informative. Nearby is Thousand Islands and The Boldt and Singer castles.
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  12. Sandwiches
    Joined: Jul 23, 2020
    Posts: 1


    Anybody know what year and model this is? I'm 99% sure its a Glastron, but cannot figure out what ear or model. It was my Dad's and I am considering a restoration project. Any insight or pics of an original or restored would be appreciated.

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  13. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 20,105

    Staff Member

    had mine out for a ride

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  14. 210superair
    Joined: Jun 23, 2020
    Posts: 419


    That glaspar is cool. My aunt used to have that same evinrude on her boat when I was a kid. Loud sucker. Used to scare me good when she fired it up to pull me skiing, lol.

    Here's my kid in the Holiday learning how to drive a boat.. 20200615_171810.jpg 20200613_154108.jpg .
  15. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,700

    from Canada

    Chris Craft just a stunning boat. Thanks for sharing the pic.
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  16. brasscarguy
    Joined: Jun 12, 2010
    Posts: 183

    from seattle

    Hey see you are on Lopez. In the late 60's I worked for Harrah's when they ran the unlimited and we won the APBA championship. There was a rumor a few years ago one of Kaisers unlimiteds Hawaii Ki was stored up at Lopez and they took it out in the sound in front of his home and set fire to it. I have heard it over and over, sounds like a tall tale but thought you might know the real story.
  17. brasscarguy
    Joined: Jun 12, 2010
    Posts: 183

    from seattle

    When the IV was under construction on the balcony of Jensen motor boat company in Seattle. My father was contacted by Western Gear works in Seattle to machine the adapter from the gear box to the Allison engine, as he had a lathe large enough to make it.

    My father and I (age 7) went to the boat shop for some reason. Anchor Jensen owner of the year took us up on the balcony and showed my dad the boat under construction and Anchor was quite the scary old may to me took me by the had and told me about the boat. But first he asked if I could keep a secret. He told me he was building a very very secret boat and I could never tell anyone what I saw. At 7 I had no idea what I was looking at. Anyway the hull was up on the balcony and there was a tarp covering from the railing to the ceiling so no one visiting the main floor of the boat shop could see up on the balcony. Many years later I had the opportunity to purchase Slo Mo V from Bob Gilliam when he had the boat in his shop in Bothell. No one was even considering restoring old hydros at that time, and of course I'm sure I did not have any money to buy it.

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  18. Splitbudaba
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 439


    01399222-F2A9-4773-BC5A-F6BA8046AABF.jpeg Here’s a pic of an old boat owned and built by an old friend named Gene Lanham. He is 94, still drives hot cars and works on and flies a Piper Malibu! Cool dude!! The boat has been restored, currently in England.
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  19. beautiful boat, bitchin trailer

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