Including Updates from the Lucas Palookas!

November, 2017

Guest Night WBA Meeting Nov. 16!

Each November, the WBA holds a guest night meeting so you can invite your spouse, significant other, friend, relative or potential member to join us for food and fellowship. We appreciate our WBA extended family, and want those closest to us to always feel welcome at our meetings and events.


It's probably a good idea to let your invitee know now that you're asking them to come to the meeting, so they can make plans to be there. At your editor's house, we put these kinds of things on the big calendar in the kitchen so everybody knows what's happening. The Club will pay the first 10 dollars of each guest's tab!

WBA Shines at TCR Festival in Waxahachie!

(Above) The Wolfe's Coronado, the Myers' Gar Wood and the Hacker Design racer brought by Jay Emerson gleam in the crisp autumn sun at the 22nd Annual Texas Country Reporter Festival in Waxahachie on October 28. This "aerial" view was captured by Dennis Cheatham from the upper level of the city parking structure adjacent to the WBA display area. The entire downtown section of Waxahachie was blocked off for the event, which welcomed tens of thousands of guests, more than the WBA has seen at any previous event in which it has participated. Texas Country Reporter is an "On the Road" style show broadcast by TX21 in the Dallas market and on dozens of stations around the state and the country. This is the first TCR festival to have antique and classic wooden boats on display. The boats were featured alongside a wide variety of classic cars and hot rods, which are regular attendees at the event. Hosts Bob and Kelli Phillips MC'd the festival, which featured live music all day long. David Kanally made a presentation on Yellow Jacket Boats as part of the festival's Speaker Series.


(Above) Actress Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann in the perennial classic TV show "Gilligan's Island" poses with David Kanally during a busy day of autographs and photo ops. Wells worked tirelessly from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. without a break, greeting hundreds of fans. In the background is Kanallys' Cowell runabout, which was marooned on a sand bar, playing the role of the S.S. Minnow. (Cheryl Kanally photo). Watch the video here!

(Below) Dennis Cheatham explains the details of his 1958 Yellow Jacket Riviera to a steady stream of festival attendees. Dennis' dad, Richard, worked for Yellow Jacket in the 1950s. All of the WBA boats on display were of great interest to the crowds. The WBA members there gave out a number of WBA cards to those interested.

Austin Hill Country Show 30 Boats Strong!

For decades, the Austin Hill Country Show has brought the finest antique and classic boats to Lake LBJ. Hosts Jim Frechette and Scott Reichardt have once again pulled off a great event, welcoming over 30 boats to Horseshoe Bay on October 6-8, 2017. The event began with a Friday lunch at the LBJ Marina, followed that evening by a dinner cruise on Lake LBJ. The Southwest Chapter of the ACBS sponsors the event. (David Sheets photos)


The weather was warm, but the boats were as cool as they come, presenting a wide variety of marques and models. Saturday evening the group gathered at the lakeside home of Pam and Scott Reichardt for a buffet dinner. On Sunday morning, the Frechettes hosted the group at their lake house for donuts and coffee. Special thanks to all who made this great event possible. The WBA is delighted to be a part of the show each year! See the video here!

Wolfes Share ACBS International Show Video at October Meeting


Rhonda and Jim Wolfe attended the Annual Meeting and Show of the Antique and Classic Boat Society in Racine, Wisconsin on September 6-9. They brought back with them not only a Platinum award and a Best Century award (congratulations!) but also a wonderful presentation comprised of many photos and videos shot and edited by Rhonda. The Wolfes showed the video at the October 19 meeting of the WBA. Set to the music of live performers from the event, the presentation made us all feel like we'd been there! Thanks, Rhonda and Jim!

Project Update from Lucas and Plano!

(Above) Stan Lehnhardt and Robin McGeorge continue the assembly work on Belinda Patterson's 283 V-8. Since this photo was taken, the water pump and generator are on, and that red water hose near Robin's shoulder has been shortened and painted blue. A few more tasks will precede a bench test.

(Below) Lew White has disassembled the 6' scale model of the Willis sternwheel steamer originally proposed to Six Flags in 1962. The model will be completely restored, to include a turning paddlewheel and running lights. The model was donated to the WBA by Pop Willis' grandson, Terry.



(Above) Bill Mott, Jim Donovan and Gabe Chacin dry fit the newly chromed trim on Guy McCollum's '65 Century Sabre. This exercise revealed a bit more work to be done. Guy has since brought another Century into the shop for storage. Guy is also donating some rare parts to the club.

(Below) Bill Mott assembles the shop's new 12-ton hydraulic press. The press will be used to remove and insert bearings and other hard-to-separate parts that can be damaged by the shade-tree technique of tapping them in with a hammer and drift. The press was purchased through the Lucas Shop Fund.

WBA Guest Night Meeting November 16, 2017. Don't Miss It!

boatOur next meeting will be Thursday, November 16th, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Two Guys from Italy at 11637 Webb Chapel Road, just south of Forest Lane. We'll be continuing our door prize tradition, giving out a classic boating book from collections donated by Pat Baldwin and Troy Marshall to a lucky winner.

Our meetings are a great opportunity to socialize with fellow WBA members and to talk shop on questions on everything from paint and varnish to carburetor kits. And this month, as has become our tradition, you are encouraged to bring a guest, and the Club will pick up the first ten bucks of your guest's tab! As always, we'll have generous helpings of fellowship and Italian food.

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: Mark Your Calendar!

The November WBA meeting is a great chance to recognize and thank our spouses and significant others who support our sometimes crazy hobby. Let's have a great turnout on November 16. Next comes the WBA Christmas Party, slated this year for December 9 at the home of our president and first lady, David and Loretta Sheets. You should have received an evite to the event in your email already. If you're a new member, or did not receive an evite, please let David Sheets know.

Then, on January 13, 2018, the WBA will hold its annual Officer Installation Banquet at the Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch (note: this is a new venue for us! Don't go to last year's venue, we won't be there!) A "save the date" email has been sent, and you should receive an evite soon.

And finally, please take a look in the shed or garage for leftover parts or other salable items you can donate to the Club. Bring them to any WBA meeting, or contact David Kanally at for pickup.