With highlights from the Ride 'n Show!
October, 2013

Pier 121 Show Oct. 12; Lake LBJ Event Oct. 18-20!

October is turning out to be a very busy month for the WBA! Coming very quickly on the heels of our successful Ride 'n Show at Rockwall are two fun events; the "Tailgating with the Classics" car and boat show at Pier 121 on Lake Lewisville on Oct. 12, and the annual Lake LBJ event on October 18-20. Emails with registration details for both events have been sent to you. (Above) Pier 121 is no stranger to the WBA. Above, our boats are on display at Pier 121 at the 2010 Ride 'n Show.



(Above) The Sunrise Beach Marina makes a cozy and comfortable venue for displaying our boats at Lake LBJ. Cooler temperatures and constant water levels make an October event at LBJ enjoyable indeed! Click here for the schedule of events.

Ride 'n Show at Rockwall Boat Show a Hoot!

More than 50 members and friends of the WBA turned out for the welcome reception at this year's Ride 'n Show at Rockwall. That's a record! And that was just the beginning. The Rockwall Boat Show was a great backdrop for both land and in-the-water displays of a dozen or so classic wood and fiberglass boats.

The water ski shows, flyboard demonstrations and vendor exhibits that were part of the Rockwall Boat Show drew crowds much larger than we've had at past Ride 'n Show events. Special thanks to all those who brought boats, especially our out-of-town friends from Houston, New Braunfels, Austin, and even Louisiana!

Watch a slideshow of the event.....See the video!

Griffitts Shares Images, Memories of Lake Tahoe Events

Steve Griffitts gets around. As his Facebook friends know, he travels quite a bit for his job, and has almost as many folkloric travel experiences to share as fellow WBA member and jet-setter Jim Donovan. But none of these stories top Steve's trips to Lake Tahoe for the Concours d'Elegance shows.

Steve gathered photos from two of his trips there in recent years, and set them to his favorite tunes in a presentation of some of the most beautifully restored boats in the world. Attendees at the September meeting let out a few oohs and ahhs at the extensive collection of images. Les Burton brought along some photos of his visit to this year's Tahoe show to complete the evening. Thanks to you both for sharing your pictures and memories with the club! See video.

White Rock Event Highlights North Texas Boats

September 7th saw plenty of sunshine and heat at the White Rock Boat Club as the WBA put four North Texas boats front and center to welcome visitors to the WRBC's open house. The display included two Yellow Jackets made in Denison, TX, one Willis runabout made in Dallas, and one Chrysler fiberglass boat made in Plano. All four boats were restored (individually or collectively) by Bob Adair and Lew White, and served as not only an attraction to draw people on to the WRBC's docks, but also as a tribute to the boat manufacturing legacy of North Texas.


WBA members Bill Kimball and Bill Mott also brought their classic cars to enhance the show. The in-the-water display featured not only WBA boats, but 3 hand-made WRBC wooden sailboats.

Below left, Stephanie Adair pilots David Kanally's 1957 Cowell on the parade of boats, and below right, Carlos "Charlie" Cardoza and his angels. Thanks to all who made the show possible. See the slide show.....Watch the video.

Next Meeting October 17th. Don't miss it!

Join us on Thursday, October 17th at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Road. WBA Treasurer and benefactor John Parish will be giving away one of his many boating and woodworking related books as a door prize.

Guy McCollum has prepared some great material on Century boats, which are of interest to all, and of specific interest to the growing number of Century owners in the WBA. We look forward to hearing what Guy has in store for us! Join us for a light meal and moderate libation at 5:30 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy prior to the meeting. We encourage you to join us for dinner, so we'll always have the required minimum number of diners to avoid a room charge.

Shop Talk and Musings

Everybody was praying for rain so there would be enough water in Lake Ray Hubbard for the Ride 'n Show. So it rained four inches during the Ride 'n Show. We'll have to learn to word our prayers more carefully. Seriously, the Ride 'n Show was a fabulous event, with a better turnout than ever to the kickoff party, and a very nice showing of a variety of boats both on land and in the water. Rockwall wants to invite us back for next year. We'll have some debriefing sessions soon, while this year's event is still fresh in our memories, to work out the few bugs that we did run into. Please send any input you may have to David Kanally. October is a very busy month, too, with events coming up on the 12th and the 18th-20th. So pick one or the other, or both, to attend and find out why the WBA continues to grow in numbers and energy!

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 david@historywithheart.com for pickup.