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Press Release - 37th Antique and Classic Boat Show and Race Boat Regatta

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 12:45 AM

37th Antique and Classic Boat Show and Race Boat Regatta

Saturday, September 6th

Buffalo Launch Club

503 East River Rd

Grand Island NY 14072

10am through 4:30 pm

Sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Chapter – Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Buffalo Launch Club

Open to the public on September 6th

No Admission charge - However there is a $10.00 per car charge for parking


Feature Attractions for 2014

Unlimited hydroplanes

3 unlimited vintage hydroplanes powered with a V-12 Allison airplane engines. These boats are over 30 ‘ in length. Boats of this type ran at the Buffalo Launch Club in the late 50s and early 60s and reach speeds of over 100 mph!

Miss US IV –U 36–From Nebraska

Gale V – U 55 From Arkansas

Miss Budweiser – From Indiana

“Glassics” - Vintage fiberglass boats from the late 50’s featuring exotic fins and sculptured shapes dominant in car and boat designs of that era.


“Woodies” – A variety of wooden boats from the turn of the century to the 60’s when they began to be replaced by their fiberglass counterparts. A wide variety of manufactures will be represented such as Chris Craft, Century, Richardson, Penn Yan, and Garwood. These mahogany boats with their glistening finishes will dazzle spectators with their beauty and grace.


Auction Rides – You will have an opportunity to bid on a ride on a number of these wooden beauties – Auction rides will take place at approximately 3:30 pm.


Vintage race boats – Action is the theme for this event. The hydroplanes and Jersey Speed Skiffs will churn up the waters on the historic BLC course from 10 am until 3:30.


WNY Offshore Powerboat Association – Will have a display of 10 of these noisy and fast race boats. The evolution of this class of boats will be represented in the boats on display.


Hand to Hand Youth Program – Students from the classes being held at the Buffalo Maritime Center will display their boat building skills at the show. The program pairs an adult as a mentor for each youthful participant. Building a boat during the course of the day will be a main attraction. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Maritime Center to expand the program this fall.


Land Activities

Vintage Car Show – featuring 100 classic cars

Nautical vendors

Wooden boats for sale

Outboard motor displays

Food and beverages

Model boat displays

Kids Camp – where children can build and then float their boat in a

specially constructed water table

Ladies Boutique Area- Vendors from the Larkin Building


As you can see there is something for everyone. Come early and spend the day, as there is continuous action. Bring the family and take in the largest event of its’ kind held in the country at the historic Buffalo Launch Club on Grand Island.


Directions – Take exit 18B – Beaver Island and follow the parkway to Bush Road, Make a left turn and follow it to the entrance of the Launch Club.


Details and boat registration forms can be obtained at our web site: www.OldBoatsBuffalo.org



Rich DeGlopper- Show Chairman




Toronto Police Boat


Jersey Speed Skiff

Coming to town from Orlando Florida

Unlimiteds (from top to bottom) Gale V, Miss Budweiser, Miss US IV


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