I was thirteen and was interested in anything that had an engine. Spending my summers in Greenwood Lake NY, I was interested in boats, but there were no new boats or outboard engines, and not many were left from before the war. The Greenwood Lake Racing Club was started in and outboard racing drew my interest. As the late 40s and early 50s began, Mercury and other outboard manufacturers built new engines and the sport of stock outboard racing was underway.
Running and displaying these vintage hydroplanes makes restoring old outboard race boats the most fun these enthusiasts can imagine. Vintage Outboarding makes for smiles and thrills; just ask Maryland's Bill Edwards, who's Chrysler-powered racing tunnel tops mph speeds around the course. The pit boss gives the Saturday-morning signal. The lake is flat. It's time to suit up.
Our Show is again proud to add a special educational element to the event. Jay Walls and Rick Eichrodt will display their Antique Outboard Motors and Boats, a treat for anyone wishing to see how far the outboard motor industry has come. For Jay Walls, a native of Brownsburg, Indiana, collecting antique outboard motors started more than 50 years ago in when he was just five years old. Someone brought two old motors into the shop which his dad ended up buying.
As many of you know, he was a Mercury Outboard dealer for over 40 years and also sold pleasure boats for many years. Click on the various "Collections" buttons to see more pictures. Photos of gorgeous restored wood boats on display at Cypress Gardens, Florida, in November of