Including the New Old Stuff in Lucas!
May, 2010

WBA Enjoys Wins at Keels & Wheels!

With four Best in Class winners to its credit, the WBA fared very well at this past weekend's annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance in Seabrook, TX. Above, Troy Marshall holds the trophy for Best in Class, Classic Runabouts over 20 feet, "other" (meaning other than Chris-Craft) for the 22' Hacker Triple he and Robin McGeorge have been busily restoring over the past two and a half years.

Below, WBA President Jim Wolfe stands in his 1975 19' Century Arabian, winner of Best in Class for Classic Glass.

Watch a video clip of the event.


Above, Chuck Pool (l) accepts the Best in Class award from Keels & Wheels co-founder Paul Merryman for his 1956 Yellow Jacket Catalina in the newly created Yellow Jacket Class. Chuck's boat was restored by Lew White, Bob Adair and David Kanally.

Below, Chip Rathbun holds his well-earned trophy for Best of Class for his 1942 Century Imperial Sportsman in the Antique Outboard Class. Chip is a recent new WBA member and also serves as President of the Texas Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club.

See a slideshow of Keels & Wheels.

Haug Draws Applause with Herreshoff Presentation

WBA member Richard Haug did his customary excellent job of researching and presenting in his overview of the Herreshoffs and their designs during the April meeting of the WBA at Midway Point.


Particularly famous for their America's Cup boats around the turn of the 20th Century (pictured above), the Herressoffs designed both racing and pleasure craft during the heyday of wooden yachting. Thanks to Richard for a great presentation!

Lucas: Troy & Robin's '39 Gar Wood Utility

Above: The Gar Wood is right-side-up again, and the boys will be attacking the seams on the deck plank next.

Engine In, Decks Next

Above: The original flathead six Gray Marine engine is back in place, and ready to go!

Before you know it, there'll be another Marshall-McGeorge underway!

Mark Wilson's '68 CC Grand Prix:

Above: Mark Wilson's '68 Chris-Craft Grand Prix shows good progress in getting the frames in shape for a new bottom

Marc Hill's '68 CC Grand Prix:

Above: New to the Lucas shop is Marc Hill's 1968 Chris-Craft Grand Prix. Hill's boat is in the early stages of deconstruction.

It'll be a big project, but with regular work days and good advice from the guys who hang around the shop just bubbling with suggestions, this classic Chris will be operational once again.

The Lucas Shop is unique to the WBA, and provides members with a place to share experiences, help each other out on boats, and use some shared power tools that they may not have in their own garages.

Come on out to the shop sometime and find out what the "hands-on wooden boat club" is all about. Be sure and check with one of the guys before you make the trip.

Next Meeting May 20th--Don't Miss It!

Join us at the Midway Point on Thursday, May 20th for the next monthly meeting of the WBA. Come out and see some people who look surprisingly good for their ages. Bill Kimball will present some interesting facts and images from his "other" passion, American Race Cars. We've been seeing some faces from the past as well as new members! The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 20th at the Midway Point at LBJ and Midway Road.

Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at the Midway Point prior to the meeting.

Shop Talk and Musings:

I'm always amazed at the power of a major show like Keels & Wheels to bring together like-minded people who love antique and classic boats. This year, we had the rare pleasure of meeting a car guy who, as it happens, is also a living part of Yellow Jacket history. His name is Bill Bauder (right). Bill spent the early years of his career as a designer of hardware and other trim features at the Yellow Jacket Boat Company of Denison from 1952-1958. He would later go on to get his architecture degree and have a long, successful career in Austin. He also owns and has raced a '54 Allard race car. Now 83, he's off the classic race circuit and enjoying shows like Keels & Wheels with his wife Ginger.

It was also great to see Bob Van Guilder get some recognition and Keels & Wheels. Bob has been quietly leading the judging effort there for several years, and has also helped organize the launch team. It's clear that the Keels & Wheels leadership really appreciates Bob's efforts. He received the President's Award from the Southwest Chapter of ACBS for his efforts.

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 Phil Wolff at for pickup.