Wolverine Chapter

Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc.
Riverside Park Wet Meet
July 26, 2003

Although the weather forecast was "iffy", many members and a large contingent of local folks ventured out to the park to view the numerous display motors and shop for treasures amongst the swap items brought in by members and the public.  Jerry Hargrave, a member of the Finger Lakes Chapter in New York State arrived early and picked up a couple of pre 1930 motors brought in by a local resident.  In addition to a number of member to member motor sales, several other motors were brought in by the public and snapped up by members. 

Due to a lot of leg work by Co-hosts Rog/Blanche Dykehouse and Dick/Glenda VanRaalte, as well as from Jack Gilbert and Frank Ostradick, the local area was covered with flyers about the meet; resulting in much interest being generated.  The local daily newspaper again cooperated with a great article on the meet which obviously also created interest.  We signed up a couple new members for the AOMC and the Chapter which is very encouraging.  Glenda VanRaalte had a table set up for the kiddies to glue together wood boats which was taken advantage of by a number of youngsters.

The by now almost traditional Wolverine Chapter Fiesta luncheon was organized by Blanche Dykehouse with help from June Finch and Mona Gorz.  Another great feed.  Thanks Ladies!

The Chapter instituted its "Peoples Choice" awards at this meet to recognize the efforts of members who graciously brought motors to display.  Ribbons were presented in several categories as follows:

Best Original Antique 1st Place

Dave Tranter

1948 Evinrude 1.5HP

  2nd Place

Skip Finch

1939 Clarke Troller


3rd Place

Skip Finch

1939 Waterwitch 3/4HP

Best Original Classic

1st Place

Dick VanRaalte

1957 Johnson 7.5HP

Best Restored Antique

1st Place

Don Koopman

1928 Johnson P-40

Best Restored Classic 1st Place Jerry Alger 1960 Mercury 400


2nd Place Roger Dykehouse 1953 Mercury KG4H

3rd Place

Jack Gilbert

1959 Mercury Mark 55H

Concours d'Elegance Antique

1st Place

Dave Tranter

1948 Martin 20


Concours d'Elegance Classic

1st Place

Roger Dykehouse

1954 Martin 200S


Most Unusual Antique

1st Place Mark Suter 1949 Evinrude Zephyr Modified Racer
  2nd Place Mark Suter 1922 Elto Ruddertwin Modified Racer

3rd Place

Dave Bos 1947 British Sea Gull

Most Unusual Classic

1st Place

Gary Lauer

1950s Quincy Looper

Thanks, Gentleman, for making the inaugural Peoples Choice Awards a success!!!  Your efforts were appreciated by all.

Around noon, the weather turned threatening, chasing away many of the local visitors but it didn't prevent the die-hard "go-fasters" from taking a spin on the nearby gravel pits.  Several ventured down there with their boats for some high speed fun.

Sorry, too busy working and gabbing to take any pictures.  Promise to do better next time.

Another great meet enjoyed by all.  Too bad it only lasted one day!  Don't miss our third edition next year!