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Port Huron Boat Show 2015
This year's show in Port Huron will be the weekend after Labor Day weekend, September 11 and 12. The show kicks off Friday afternoon with a cruise down the St Clair river to St Clair for dinner. The boat show is Saturday at the River St Marina on the Black River. Again this year, free antique boat rides will be offered from 11 am until 2 pm. This was a huge success last year as more than 200 persons took advantage of the free rides.
The theme of the show this year will be race boats and the famous Miss America X will be in attendance on land display.
Gar Wood won the 1931 Harmsworth trophy in Miss America IX. Britain knew that it needed a better boat and designed Miss England III. Gar Wood knew he had to come up with a faster boat for the 1932 Harmsworth race. He began in January of 1932 to build a new boat which was to become Miss America X. It was a 38' Mahogany hull with 4 Packard V-12 engines, with 2 in line on the right side and the other 2 in line on the left side. Each pair of engines were directly connected by a gearbox designed by Gar Wood to create in fact a 24 cylinder engine driving a propeller. The engines were supercharged to the limit, consumed a fuel mixture of benzol, alcohol and gasoline and burned 10 gallons per mile. The 4 engines had a combined horsepower of 7600 hp.The completed boat weighed 8 tons.
Gar Wood met the British challenge in Miss America X and won the Harmsworth in 1932 and again in 1933. He retired from racing at this point. Between 1920 and 1933, Garwood's boats won every Harmsworth trophy and Gar Wood himself piloted the boats in every race but one.
On September 20, 1932 Gar Wood set a new speed record with Miss America X at 124.86 mph. This was the average speed of 2 runs, one upstream and one downstream. The run was conducted on the St Clair River just north of Algonac.
Miss America X was painstakingly restored by the Mayea Boat and Aeroplane works of Fairhaven, Michigan. It is owned by Detroit boating enthusiast and historian Mr. Henry Mistele.
Registration forms for the Port Huron show will be available on the website in late April.
The Michigan Chapter, ACBS is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its annual Antique and Classic Boat Show on June 26, 27 & 28 2015. The event will be held at the Harbour Club Marina, which is also the site of the original Chris Craft factory in Algonac, Michigan. It will be a three day event that will not only display an array of classic watercraft ranging from small outboards to 50+ foot cruisers, but also include events to showcase the "Where It All Began" history of the area as it pertains to boat building and racing.
Friday will be a busy day that will include a morning tour of Algonac Cast Products, the still existing foundry where Chris Craft hardware was manufactured. A lunch cruise to a private island in the St. Clair Flats will be the on water event for the day. Participants will gather later in the day for a BBQ dinner at the Harbour Club.
Saturday will be the show with 80 to 100 boats displayed in the water and on land, and include a Field of Dreams and marine vendor displays on the grounds of the marina. Blonde decked boats of all manufacturers will be featured with the theme of "Blondes Have More Fun". There will also be a shuttle running to take a tour of the area including the Algonac Maritime Museum, Historical Museum, some historically significant homes, and local restaurants. At the close of the show there will be a boat parade on the St. Clair River for all wishing to participate, or parade viewing on land from the Algonac Riverfront Park. The day will conclude with a dinner at the Algonac Maritime Museum.
Sunday morning will be another on water event with a cruise down the South Channel of the St. Clair Flats to the Old Club Yacht Club for a brunch with a featured speaker.
Additional show details and registration forms will be available on the Michigan Chapter website (michacbs.com) in April of this year.