I have been anxious to see this in print, it was fun to be there in person and I appreciate being able to share the information in the Brass Bell. Bill Basler is a very talented guy, a friend, and that publication he produces is just fabulous quality. To boot, he¡¦s even restoring a FIBERGLASS CORSAIR too !
Chris, since you are a member of CCABC and received your copy of the Brass Bell, you know all about the organization, but for our readership world-wide who may not know about CCABC ( the Chris Craft Antique Boat Club ), but thanks to Bill Basler who shares a similar outlook to sharing of information, cross linking and general management issues as I do, we have an informal synergy between organizations that I think is great for the Antique and Classic boat movement world-wide. The Forum has for quite some time, had the CCABC link on our front page with a recommendation to join. Perhaps that is where you heard about it first? In any case, here is that link in case people have not already seen it. http://www.chris-craft.org/index.php
The Bay Harbor events, in which the Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc., participated in two events this year, were both just spectacular in every way, and they were both very different venues. We tried to fairly present these events in our promotional info here, and THE FORUM was the ONLY place our personal invitations were posted. These events were of a high-end nature, somewhat remote, and were not intended to be big glass events by numbers; just by quality, interest, history, and fun. In that regard, I think they both exceeded their billing.
I hated to miss the Huron Rendezvous this year, but circumstances turned our attention and time toward Northern Michigan and we just couldn't do it all. In fact, I missed Herb Pocklington¡¦s dedication of his Algonac memorial statues because I had already committed to be involved with the Bay Harbor Vintage Car and Boat Show. I really hated to miss that event (too) but it was on the same week-end as Bay Harbor and we just could not swing it. I was able to include Herb¡¦s dedication in the second printing of ¡§The Legacy of the Fiberglass Chris Craft Commander¡¨ to make up for it.
As a result of heading to Michigan this year, we were able to see new territory and spend some quality time with Al and Kimberly and their family, with Bill and his family, we met Erik and his family, met Mike and Sue Watson, we were thrilled to be able to spend some really fine time with Herb Pocklington, Chris Smith, Gerry Van De Vussey, Diana Webb, Tom Flood, Jeff Rogers, Lolly Beezy, Steve and Diane Heitman, gosh the list is a long one, oh and we met Craig Lamm too, which was such a pleasure aboard his 31 SE, and I even got a genuine Cuban cigar. º Not too shabby.
After the event I sent Bill Basler some photos to use in the Brass Bell, he selected the ones he thought were best. I laughed when I saw he included the photo of my rental car from Enterprise, after all there are not too many of those Rolls Royce woodies out there for rent at the Traverse City Airport, this was the only one they had. They made me prick my finger and give a DNA blood sample in order to drive it off the lot (of course you know I'm pulling your leg º ). Darn thing is probably worth the better part of a million bucks, yikes. NOBODY would ever toss those keys to me.
Our Forum members may be pleased to know they saw all of this information here on the official "Chris Craft Commander Forum" as it was happening!
Here are the images appearing in the Brass Bell.
I don't know if you noticed or not, but that's Al Langlois aboard the Roamer, and Bill Policastro in the background is aboard GHOST RIDER too. You can also see Mike Watson's beautiful Commander there to the far left of the photo too.
With a single click of the mouse, you can see ALL the photos below, so if you do click, wait a moment for them all to load. You will see what a special place Bay Harbor, Michigan really is! See you all there next year? º Janet and I had such a great time, made so many new friends up there, we are most likely to be back many times. It is a wonderful and beautiful part of the USA !! (The people are nice too).