BOSTON SWIM IN 2007

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Gerry&Lorie

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WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED OUR 1ST BOSTON SWIM IN LOCATED IN TAUNTON, MA. FOR OUR FIRST SWIM IN WE HAD 10 AMPHICAR AND MANY AMPHICAR ENTHUSIASTS. OUR PLANNED EVENTS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING: THURSDAY 3 AMPHICARS ARRIVED. WE SET UP RV'S & CAMPERS. TOOK A SPLASH IN A FEW LAKES. FRIDAY A FEW MORE AMPHICARS ARRIVED. SWAM A FEW LAKES & FRIED A TURKEY FOR DINNER. REPORTERS WERE INVITED TO VIEW THE CARS AT GERRY & LORI'S. SATURDAY BREAKFAST COOKED ON AN OLD FASHION CAST IRON GRIDDLE. WE SET OFF TO PARADE THROUGH THE CITY OF TAUNTON WITH THE MAYOR & HEADED FOR OUR OFFICIAL SPLASH IN AT NOON. ALL AMPHICARS ACCELERATED TO SPEEDS UP TO 20 MPH, WHILE SPECTATORS WATCHED ON. WE SWAM AROUND LAKE SABBATIA WITH THE MAYOR HAVING THE ABILITY TO EXIT AT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE, EXIT OFF THE RIVER,
OR EXIT BACK TO THE CONCRETE BOAT RAMP. REPORTERS AND SPECTATORS CHEERED US ON. THE ORTAKLES FAMILY ARE THE ABSOLUTE DIE HARDS. THEY LEFT NH AT 8 AM ANTICIPATING TO ARRIVE AT 10:30AM, BUT THEIR TRUCK ENGINE BLEW. THEY UNLOADED THE AMPHICAR AND PROCEEDED TO CONTINUE JUST THENTHEY DEVELOPED AN OVERHEATING PROBLEM AND A LEAKY WATER PUMP,BUT STILL CONTINUED ON WITH PUTTING ANTIFREEZE IN EVERY SO OFTEN. THEY FINALLY ARRIVED AT 6PM WITH 5 PEOPLE IN THE AMPHICAR. (THEY MUST HAVE REALLY TURNED SOME HEADSON THE HIGHWAY). THATS WHAT YOU CALL AMPHICAR DIE HARDS!!!! CHICKEN BARBECUE FEAST FILLED US ALL. OUR SKY ILLUMINATIONS LASTED APPROX 40 MINUTES. THE SKY ILLUMINATIONS CREW WAS GREATLY APPRECIATED FOR ALL THE RIDES THEY OBTAINED & LET US KNOW THEY ARE PLANNING A BIGGER AND BETTER SHOW FOR NEXT YEAR (IF THAT IS POSSIBLE). 2 CANNONS BLASTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY &
EVENING. THANKS TO GORD & JOANNE ON FINDING ONE FOR GERRY WE WILL HAVE 3 CANNONS NEXT YEAR. CAPTAIN FOGHORN ARRIVED LATE IN THE NIGHT FOR OUR MIDNIGHT SWIM. SUNDAY WE HEADED OFF TO LAKE WINNECUNNET & SWAM. THE CHATEAU OF NORTON INVITED US ALL IN FOR APPETIZERS ON THE HOUSE. MANY SPECTATORS CROWDED THE BOAT RAMP AND PARKING LOT. RON TRUDEAU & KEITH NAJARIAN GAVE MANY RIDES AS GORD & JOANNE CHASED GERRY & LORI AROUND THE LAKE WITH THEIR SUPER SOAKER. DINNER ON THE PONTOON BOAT WATCHING THE SUNSET. MONDAY GORD & JOANNE WENT SIGHTSEEING IN BOSTON & WENT DOWN THE CHARLES RIVER IN AN AMPHICAR. TUESDAY WE VENTURED OUT TO CAPE COD. PARKED THE AMPHICARS BY THE CAPE COD CANAL AS MANY SPECTATORS VIEWED THEM. WE CONTINUED EAST INTO THE CAPE TO SANDWICH, MA TO SPLASH INTO WAKEBY
POND A 725 ACRE POND. SWAM TO THE END AND DROVE ONTO THE BEACH. BOATERS CAME ASHORE AS THE KIDS WERE ASTONISHED TO SEE CARS SWIMMING. WE HEADED BACK TO THE RAMP AND GAVE RIDES. STOPPED OFF AT AN ICE CREAM PARLOR THAT HAD 24 FLAVORS OF SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM. AS WE SAT TO EAT OUR ICE CREAM , GORDS AMPHICAR SQUIRTER COULDNT BEHAVE. IT HAD THE TOURISTS BAFFLED TO THE POINT THEY THOUGHT THE ICE CREAM PARLOR WAS MAKING IT SQUIRT. FOR A FULL DAYTRIP TO CAPE COD INCLUDING SIGHTSEEING, SWIMMING, & BACK TO GERRY & LORI'S WE ONLY USED 1/2 TANK OF GAS. NOT BAD AT ALL WE THOUGHT. WE HOPE TO SEE THE ATTENDEES WHOSE CARS ARE UNDER RESTORATION COMPLETE THEM FOR NEXT YEARS SWIM IN. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED NAMES FOR ATTENDING AND INCLUDING THE SILBERBERGS, THE GOULD FAMILY, THE HOWLAND FAMILY, THE WOODS FAMILY, THE LAFERRIERE FAMILY,
& THE MANY MORE THAT ATTENDED. THANKS AGAIN FOR MAKING OUR SWIM IN A SUCCESSFUL & FUN TIME. GERRY & LORI


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canitfloat

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As a fairly new owner of an Amphicar(less than a year) and a new member
of this group, I have to say that if I wasnt hooked on the car that
swims before attending the Boston Swim In, I certainly was after
8/25/07! Everything (the new friends, the cars, the location, the
hospitality your friends extended to everyone by having the awesome
cookout and fireworks) was fantastic! The day we were there, everything
was so perfect that one would NEVER know that this was their first Swim
In! Many,Many thanks to Gerry and Lorie O'Bara and Ron Trudeau for all
of the work that went into planning and for welcoming us to this event
as well as all the rides from Ron, Keith, Gord, Charles. Luckily, I
made a video of the day so I can watch it over and over again. Email me
if you were there and would like a copy. Hopefully, my car will be
there next year! Jack,Jean,JohnMax and Michaela Howland
 
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