Lake Dora Swim-In 2009

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LAKE DORA SWIM-IN MARCH 28, 2009
I wrote to the Antique Boat Show Chairman last September, as our Amphicar
Swim-In is under the umbrella of the Antique Boat Club show. When I did not
receive answers to questions I asked, I contacted him again this January and
finally had a lengthy telephone conversation with the Chairman. The principal
matters I had raised with him concerned the use of the ramp on Sunday,
whether we Amphicar folks were to be part of their Friday evening Captains’ Party
and how registration was to be handled. Registration had once been a
problem area, but had been satisfactorily resolved at the Mount Dora site. Now,
however, the Boat Club has agreements with the Municipality at the show’s new
location (which is still on the same Lake Dora, but 6 miles west of Mount Dora).
They put in an excellent brand new ramp last year and so there have now
been some changes decided upon. Last years’ show went excellently and our
Amphicar location and ramp usage ( except for Sunday ) was great, but there were a
few glitches which needed to be addressed.
The Summary of the pertinent information is that the show starts with a
reception on Thursday afternoon March 26th and ends Sunday afternoon March March
29th. The cost of Registration has been increased from $ 25 to $ 40 and
Amphicar owners (I believe they are figuring 2 people per vehicle) will be
welcome at the Reception on Thursday as well as the Captain’s party on Friday. The
Chairman told me that though he favored a reduced Registration fee and
recognizes what a significant role the Amphicars play in the event, he was
outvoted by all but one of the members of the Boat Show board. I believe the reason
is partly because though we are not Antique Boats in the normal sense, the
Amphicars attract a disproportionate amount of attention and a fair number of
the antique boat owners are to some extent jealous of the attention we get.
Two different years, newspapers which featured articles on the show such as
the Orlando Sentinel featured pictures of Amphicars which understandably didn’t
seem quite fair. I explained that other than owners from out of state, the
Amphicars will seldom arrive before Friday afternoon and usually depart on
Sunday. Our Amphicar parade and grand Splash-In will still be held on Saturday
at 1 PM.
The Registration forms will be made available and they along with the $40
check made out to the Boat Club are to be sent to me so we can keep track of
how many to plan on and we will forward them to the Boat club who will make out
Name tags and parking passes, etc. The Amphicar Grand Master of the Swim-In
will still be the originator, Dave Monier who will also hold forth as the
Master of Ceremonies at our Super Saturday night Extravaganza. The Inn On
the Green will continue to be our de facto headquarters and there is a very
nice RV park 3 miles away. Dry Camping will be available at the event site with
the cost being approximately $100 for the whole event, regardless of the
number of days utilized.
So, assuming that some of you Northerners have had your fill of winter and
the fluffy white stuff, mark your calendars and plan to get together here in
central Florida. The Camaraderie is unbeatable and weather and temperature
are definitely a lot different than up north. If you have questions or want
more information contact me at _nelson625@aol.com_ (mailto:nelson625@aol.com)
or call (386)228-2118 or Dave Monier at (352)726-5074 Vic (Capt.
Splash) Nelson with the 1967 Split Personality
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rayhand

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So........just what is happening with the Lake Dora boat show? Do we register with the people that put on the show or do we just show up like we usually do? Ray
 
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SplitPersonality

Guest
Ray - you register with the Sunnyland Antique Boat people. You can bring the
2 page registration form up on the internet at _www.ACBS-Sunnyland.com_
(http://www.ACBS-Sunnyland.com) or if you have trouble bringing it up,
e-mail Terry Feist at _Terry.Fiest@cubic.com_ (mailto:Terry.Fiest@cubic.com) and
he'll get one to you. I had no trouble bringing up the site and all the info
about the show, but I had difficulty bringing up the 2nd page of the
Registration form. Vic



In a message dated 2/2/2009 12:14:26 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
writes:

So........just what is happening with the Lake Dora boat show? Do we
register with the people that put on the show or do we just show up like we usually
do? Ray





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rayhand

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Vic, I pulled up their registration form. I guess they are paying the $40.00 as well. Were we getting a deal the last few years? Ray
 
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SplitPersonality

Guest
Yes - they charged our group $ 250 for the last 5 years or so which Dave
Monier then divided between the number of cars that came which came to $ 20-25 a
car which I think was appropriate, but now we must pay $ 40. each. However,
it's their show and we have the choice of taking part or not ! We do of
course all have a good time and a great Swim-In and get to see other Amphi
owners in our group which is fun. Anyway, the new ramp and where they parked us (
at least last year ) was great.. Many ramps in Florida with the long drought
we have had are either not usable, or you run on the bottom - e.g. at Cypress
Gardens and also at Lake Diaz where we filmed the 101 cars deal for the
Speed Channel. We will see you there. Vic


In a message dated 2/3/2009 12:53:22 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
writes:

Vic, I pulled up their registration form. I guess they are paying the $40.00
as well. Were we getting a deal the last few years? Ray





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SplitPersonality

Guest
Yes - all the boat owners are paying the same $ 40 according to Terry Fiest.
If only 3 or 4 Amphicars showed up, they might see things differently, but
I doubt it. I have no way of knowing how many Amphicars will come, but I
suspect 8-12. 11 years in a row, we have had great weather on Saturday - the
worst being in the mid 60's once or twice. However, a day with rain and bad
weather could change the whole situation. I enjoy the show and seeing the other
Amphi families. However, I think they are taking advantage of us -
especially since many of the Amphicar people don't arrive until Saturday and therefore
very few percentage wise go to the Captain's Party anyway. Last year, the
party was not worth going to, even though about 10 or 12 Amphi people went to
it. It was very disorganized and the food selections were dismal if there was
any left after trying vainly to get a drink in the long line. I don't know if
you went to the Friday night deal, but if you did, you understand. Vic


In a message dated 2/3/2009 12:33:11 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
writes:

Vic, Why the increase in price? Are their own members paying the $40.00?
Ray





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Midwest Amphicar

Worlds Largest Amphicar Destination
What about just showing up on Saturday via water? You could be sneaky pay at door then take water route. :dft012:. A group of us will be at the Lake Harris Lodge. Lake Harris Lodge It has a Boat ramp with the famous "Hideaway " Bar and grill next door. Later Dave the Wave
 
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SplitPersonality

Guest
Dave- Terry has said that all Registrants will have name tags for the owner
and one other as well as for direct family members under 18 age. So it is not
advisable to just show up, though you could play innocent and see what
happens. You -- "Innocent ?" Pull up the info on their web site which also has
the 2 page Registration form. The site is : _www.ACBS-Sunnyland.com_
(http://www.ACBS-Sunnyland.com) If you have trouble pulling up the registration form,
e-mail Terry and he'll get one to you. _Terry.Fiest@cubic.com_
(mailto:Terry.Fiest@cubic.com)


In a message dated 2/5/2009 8:45:41 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
writes:

What about just showing up on Saturday via water? You could be sneaky pay at
door then take water route. . A group of us will be at the Lake Harris Lodge.
_Lake Harris Lodge_ (http://www.lakeharrislodge.com/) It has a Boat ramp
with the famous "Hideaway " Bar and grill next door. Later Dave the Wave





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