October 18th was a beautiful weekend to have a car and boat show and that’s exactly what was held in Lakeland Florida on and around Lake Mirror. Several companies in the Lakeland area sponsor this show. The profit goes to several non-profit groups in the Lakeland area. Ford Heacock and Duke Waldrop head it up. I rounded up several beautiful boats from the SunnyLand Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society.
There were eight beauties in the water and three in the land display area. All boats were craned into the water in a little less than an hour on Friday afternoon. And then were craned out late Saturday afternoon, after much conversation from many of the spectators who said “my Dad or my Uncle used to have one just lake that”…(ever heard that before?).
There were over three hundred gorgeous cars on display from the downtown area to the Lakefront area, one more glamorous than the other. There were several class trophies awarded to more classes than I can remember. The honorary Chairman was Don Garlits, he and Ford Heacock presented all of the trophies, including the one that went to Terry Fiest for his 1929 Chris Craft triple which was awarded Best Boat at the show. Not hard to understand if you have ever seen this boat.
The Chairman of the show provided the boaters with a fenced off area called “The Commodores Club”, we had tables, chairs and shade to eat our lunch that was delivered to us by some of the lovely ladies that Ford had working for him. They were led down to the “Commodores Club” by a bag pipe player. Quite a lot of fun. If you are looking for a casual, non-stressful, boat show in 2004, contact the writer of this article. The “Commodore Club” awaits you.