Including a Lucas Look-See!
February, 2012

WBA Changes Meeting Location!

We have a new location for our monthly WBA meetings. It's Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. It's only a couple miles away from our old location at Midway Point, which has decided to charge a $150 room fee for their meeting space.


Your officers made a decision on the Club's behalf not to pay good club money for space that could be had for free elsewhere. Come join us for dinner and make sure we have over the 15 person minimum for this very nice location. At this month's meeting we'll be laying out plans for the year.

Installation Banquet Sees Changing of the Guard

January 14 was a special evening for the WBA as we gathered once again at the Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson for our annual Installation Banquet. Above, incoming president David and first lady Cheryl Kanally thank outgoing first lady Rhonda and president Jim Wolfe for two years of effective leadership.

Above, Gay Perry (right) will continue in her role as Club secretary, a job she's really good at! Jim and Rhonda Wolfe recognized Gay for her work.

Our theme of mahogany and chrome was reflected in the fashion color schemes selected by these attendees. Yowza! The Golden Globes got nothin' on us!

Above, Troy Marshall, who has been restoring boats and engines like a wild man at the Lucas Shop for years, has agreed to assume the role of vice-president. In his role, Troy will help land programs for our meetings and step in if president David is not available.

Above, Lisa Daniels (right) is recognized for her ongoing service as the club's signalperson. Lisa makes sure that the Club sends its good wishes to our members who may be ill or mourning.

All hat and no cattle. Tommy Holmes, president of the Century Boat Club and his host WBA member Guy McCollum of Fort Worth show up with swagger. Tommy informed and entertained the group with stories of the history and folklore of the Century Boat Company, where Tommy worked and where Tommy's dad served as General Manager for many years.

Lucas! Use the Force, Lucas!

Above, Bill Baldwin proves that outboards do count as he restores his 1963 Cruisers, Inc. V202 16 footer to better than new condition. The "V" in the model name refers to its vinyl deck surface, which Bill has opted to replace with wood, painted in the original color scheme.

Above, Mark Wilson looks like he knows exactly what he's doing as he trims a new side plank for his '68 Chris-Craft Grand Prix, which looks more like a boat every time we visit the shop.

Below, Troy Marshall is working on removing a broken stud from the head of a Chevy marine 283 V-8 that he and Robin McGeorge are bringing back to life.


Just down from the main shop bays in Lucas, Kim and Gill Gillespie check on their rowing skiff, which Gill built from a kit with his own two hands. The stitch and glue construction and carbon fiber oars make this boat a light and fast blend of old and new technologies.

Above, Marc Hill has found that the nice shiny white bottom paint on his '68 Grand Prix shows every blemish, so he's painstakingly fairing every dimple for a perfect finish.

Below, in nearby Carrollton, Jim Wolfe has reached a couple milestones on his Century Coronado, completing the planking on both sides and the transom. Jim has chosen to do the sides first, then the bottom. Either order is good!

Next Monthly Meeting Feb. 16, 2012. Don't miss it!

Come check out our new meeting location, Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. This important 2012 planning meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 16th. We'll lay out the plans for the year, so come and give your input!

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy prior to the meeting.

Shop Talk and Musings:

What a great year 2012 promises to be as we look forward to the events and projects our Club has in store! Membership continues to grow. Our members are extremely active in restoration activities. For the record, Jim Wolfe and his first lady Rhonda did a great job over the past two years in leading our club and hosting us warmly. We hope to continue this healthy and progressive approach to leading the club in the next two years. But the fortunes of the club are not determined by its officers. They are determined by the participation, enthusiasm, and generosity of its members. We hope to link our Ride 'n Show to the "Rockin' on the Docks" event in Rockwall in October to take advantage of that great venue in cooler weather. Rockwall is still working on a date for the event, so it's not set yet. We also want to consider less formal, small day outings of members with their boats on local lakes. All your ideas are welcome.

And, finally:

Please take a look in the shed or garage for the leftover parts or other saleable items you can donate to the club. Bring them to any WBA meeting, or contact David Kanally at for pickup. Mike Gomes did just this with some tools and supplies he no longer needed, and he feels great about the donations he's made to the Club. Thanks, Mike!!