With details on upcoming Holiday Activities!
November, 2013

Christmas Party December 7, Banquet January 18!

Why are all these people smiling? Well, it's that time of year again, when our monthly gatherings will be festive, food-filled and fun. Mark your calendar now for the annual Christmas Party, to be held at the home of David and Cheryl Kanally on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Invitations to follow.



The annual WBA Installation banquet is slated for Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the Canyon Creek Country Club in Richardson. Details and registration information to follow. Please make plans to attend!

LBJ Show and Pier 121 Event Highlight Camaraderie!

Above left, Kerry Price debuts his freshly restored Chris Craft at the Austin Hill Country Show at Lake LBJ on Saturday, October 19. The weather was perfect, and the venue was intimate and friendly. Above right, Attendees of the show from the SW chapter of ACBS and the WBA enjoy dinner at the River City Grille in Marble Falls. See the slideshow. (The video is still in production).

Below left, WBA member Bill Mott's Cadillac headlines the car show portion of the "Tailgating with the Classics" show at Pier 121 on Lake Lewisville on Saturday Oct. 12. Below right, attendess look at several WBA members' boats on display at the show. Watch the video.

See the slideshow.

McCollum Presents Images, History of Century Boats

Many thanks to Guy McCollum who has been a big fan of Century Boats for many years (that's his '76 gullwing Arabian pictured at left at its debut at the Ride 'n Show in September).

Guy brought quite a volume of photos to share with the group, including images from the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY, where Century was the featured marque this year. Also, this year's show in Manistee, MI featured Century.

Century owners are a proud lot, with reason, and the WBA has a few fine specimens. Thanks to Guy for helping us learn more about these quality boats.

Gas Monkey Grill to Host Car and Boat Land Display Nov. 17!

Many WBA members are familiar with the cable TV show "Fast and Loud" featuring Dallas' own Gas Monkey Garage. The host of the show and owner of the garage, Richard Rawlings, has expanded his business to include a large restaurant located near I-35 and Loop 12/NW Highway. A local group of performance boat enthusiasts has invited members of the WBA to join them from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 17 for a land display of boats and cars.


All WBA members are encouraged to participate.The event is being held in support of the Toys for Tots program, and the public will be urged to donate new toys when they come to see the cars and boats. See the flyer.

If you can display your boat on land on November 17, please let David Kanally know at 940-395-2742. Let's support this worthy cause, and have some fun!

Next Meeting November 21st. Don't miss it!

Join us on Thursday, November 21st 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. Our main task will be election of officers.

WBA's éminence grise Bill Baldwin will share an interesting update on the Lawson Center at Chautuaqua Lake, NY. Bill has been instrumental in the development of this very high-quality museum, and its progress has been the stuff of legend. We look forward to hearing what insights Bill has to offer!

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

Every time we attend an event, some pleasant surprise happens. Usually, it's meeting a new member or seeing a freshly restored boat for the first time. The Ride 'n Show saw the christening of Jim and Rhonda Wolfe's beautiful Century Coronado, an event which marked a lifelong dream for Jim. At the Lake LBJ show, Kerry Price's Chris-Craft was splashed, marking the culmination of a decade-long restoration effort. These events are not only personal victories for the boats' owners and restorers, they are also shots in the arm for the clubs. "Our members did this!", we can say with pride. I will confess that Cheryl and I had a minor moment of pride, too, when we towed in a disabled plastic boat that had hit a sandbar at Lake LBJ. Thanks to Rhonda Wolfe for the photo.

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.