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Table Rock , Missouri Sept 16 to 23, 2012


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This year’s meeting was held at the Big Cedar Lodge.tr4Big Cedar lodge was started in 1921. It was falling into disrepair when it was bought by the Bass pro retail store. A great transformation came to Big Cedar. It’s now a pretty grand place for a woodsy Lodge, Many fine restaurants, pools and a convention center along with nice rooms and water falls.
Pre-events as always started Sunday and went to Wednesday. Boating was front and centre as it should be. Monday was an 82 mile ride, 41 miles to lunch and back for the afternoon, then a dinner was arranged on the Show boat Branson Belle. Tues was another cruise and Wednesday was another cruise for lunch. This area has a very large body of water and would take weeks to explore it all. Over 700 miles of shore line. The lake is manmade as the big Table rock Hydro dam stopped the water in 1958. At the dam it’s over 200 ft. deep, it took 7 years to fill it up. This makes for a lot of water to play in. 

Following the prevents was the Agm meetings. Friday is the beginning of the Boat show, over 100 boats were at the Bent Hook Marina and many were fresh from the shop.

tr1Saturday evening brought us all together for a celebratory dinner. This was also time for the exchange of the outgoing and incoming president. Our own Dunc Hawkins is now the new international President and many members were on hand to support him along with 6 past presidents and the current president. Awards for both the Boat Show and the Clubs chapter awards were also announced. Our Chapter was proud to receive the Rover award given to us for the Big cruise for a Big Causetr7 event held in August. Next it was announced that our Chapter was awarded the biggest prize of the night , Chapter of the Year. It does not end there, our own past President Ken MacStephen was inducted into the Hagerty Hall of Fame for all his contributions over the many years he has been involved, He is one of the founding members of ACBS Toronto and can been see every year in his 100 year old Mullins cruising the waters.


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The Greatest Show in Muskoka

By Tim Du Vernet
www.duvernetphotography.com

Barnum and Bailey proclaimed they had the “greatest show on Earth”, well the ACBS-Toronto put on the greatest show in Muskoka. With a strategic outreach initiative to invite and encourage and spectacular collection of new and antique wooden boats, the dazzle could not be dampened by a morning rain.

Over 100 boats and cars were registered for the 32nd annual event that drew upwards of 6000 visitors. With the help of key sponsors that included Mercedes Benz Canada, Hagerty Insurance, Walker’s Point Marine, Cougar Global Investments and Muskoka Brewery, the show definitely set new standards.

From the feedback of president John Kutcy and the many volunteers stationed at the “ship’s stores” and members area, the feedback was the best yet. It takes a well oiled machine to make it happen and Paul and Rita Adams were the pair at the helm of the biggest event in Gravenhurst’s calendar. Past show chair, Gary Getson offered invaluable assistance in the planning, organization and mediation between very dispersed and diverse groups.

The ACBS-Toronto made a special effort to work with the Town of Gravenhurst to best represent the town, the permanent on-site commercial operations and their character. It was clear that every party felt the day was a success.

The star of the day was the boat called TOLKA. Discovered as a “grey hull” near Cleveland’s House, she was reconstructed by Peter Breen to spectacular form. Powered by an authentic period 150 hp. Sterling Petrol engine, her sound and handling was vintage while her form was like new.

Tolka was designed and originally built by Bell Laboratories in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. She is currently owned by Lee Anderson of Nisswa, Minnesota.

Breen was able to reclaim many of the original parts from the boat in his reconstruction including planking, screws, bolts and hardware that remained with the boat. While reconstructed with new parts in most places, she had been meticulously rebuilt from what was left of the original hull. The last owner and family members of the Lash family were present to share in this historic event.

Tolka won two awards at the show, the Captain’s choice award and the longest trailer haul for coming all the way from Minnesota for the event.

The spectacular day was filled with events for all ages with boat building and cardboard boat races. The Muskoka Sea Flea group does a tremendous job supporting the youth program through their own events and at the show with the help of Derek Crawford and Eric Seepa from the ACBS.
Next year, hold on to your hats as Miss Canada IV will be the show boat. The roar of her Rolls Royce engine is likely to silence the bark of the biggest Muskoka has seen in a very long time.