2010 Mahogany & Merlot



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MAHOGANY & MERLOT - October 2-3, 2010
Lake Chelan, WA.


The Lake Chelan event this year was different from years past. It was the very FIRST all vintage APBA event held west of the Mississippi. Jon and Chris Courtright along with John Walcker put on a venue that was a mix of the vintage unlimiteds, vintage limited inboards and the old mahagony runabouts. "Mahogany and Merlot" brought the local wineries into the mix as there are numerous facilities around Lake Chelan.

The two day event saw the unlimiteds run on Saturday, with a couple of breaks that allowed the limited inboards to take a few laps too. The ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society) had over 10 classic runabouts giving rides during the Saturday portion also.

The six unlimiteds, MISS THRIFTWAY (1955), MISS BARDAHL (1962), MISS WAHOO (1957), MISS BURIEN (1960), MISS BUDWEISER (1967) and OH BOY! OBERTO (1975), gave over 35 rides. More would have been given, but a blown hydraulic hose on the crane left the Wahoo, Burien and Bud on the beach for over half the day.

The legendary Mira Slovak had come up from Califonia to take the WAHOO for a spin, but with the fact the WAHOO sat on the trailer most of the time, he had to settle for taking Crew Chief Steve Payne for a ride in the MISS THIRFTWAY. Mira, being the gracious person he is, stated how surprised he was as he felt like he had been taken back 53 years once he got his hands on the steering wheel and pushed down on the foot peddle.

The crane was replaced mid afternoon, and the three boats finally got into the water. A flurry of rides were made up in a very short period of time. The constant roar of Allisons and Merlins kept echoing off the canyon walls until 5pm.

Sunday was the vintage limited boys day. The 12 inboards started around 9am and saw multiple drivers trading hulls so they could see what the other guys had. While there was really no formal racing, a few of the drivers "hooked up" on the race course and sparred around...it was great fun!

As always, the Lake Chelan event is a spectacular way to end the season. The viewing area was full of spectators, and the weather was fantastic. Everyone is looking forward to an exciting 2011!

Chris Denslow's Photos                    Woody Boater Saturday Article                  Woody Boater Sunday Article



Photos by Lori Norton (unless otherwise noted)



Crewman Wayne Hill


Steve trailer firing while Ryan watches


Everything is under Chiefs watchfull eye














Where did that roller come from?





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Vintage & more Vintage





MISS BARDAHL
(Dixon Smith)
MISS THRIFTWAY
(Larry Fuller)
OH BOY! OBERTO
(Dane Sorensen)











Chief with Mira

















Chief & Lesley


Lesley with Mira


Mira & Chief


Mira driving MISS T around the course











"Just like the old times"


Stu bein' Stu


Stu & Lars


Lori & Lars





Connie & John Tietz








Rob & John hittin' the corner hard





Chief with the Participant Award


Lori & Nicole











Rob, Lesley, Chief, Connie & John


Judy Smith, Luann Osterberg and Julie Hempton


Steve & Mary


Eve


Julie & Rob


Mr. & Mrs. "FLASH"

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