I saw the following quote as a part of a "Ticked Off" segment in the
Orlando Sentinel. Of course the author did not have the gumpshun to
display his name. Sounds like he is missing something in his life.
"The 18th annual Mount Dora Antique Boat Festival, which was held
recently, is a festival devoted to "antique wood boats," not
ridiculous floating cars [Amphicar]. There are hundreds of folks who
spend countless hours and dollars restoring those beautiful and
historic antique wooden boats. After all, it's the antique boat
festival, not the Amphicar festival."
Sounds like this guy didn't get a ride in an Amphicar!! Countless
hours and dollars - this guy also never restored an Amphicar!! Gary.
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Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 2:02 am
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Mt. Dora - Bad press
> I saw the following quote as a part of a "Ticked Off" segment in
> Orlando Sentinel. Of course the author did not have the gumpshun
> display his name. Sounds like he is missing something in his life.
> "The 18th annual Mount Dora Antique Boat Festival, which was held
> recently, is a festival devoted to "antique wood boats," not
> ridiculous floating cars [Amphicar]. There are hundreds of folks
> spend countless hours and dollars restoring those beautiful and
> historic antique wooden boats. After all, it's the antique boat
> festival, not the Amphicar festival."
> John Bevins
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We get the Orlando Sentinel, but I don't read it cover to cover and I missed your "ticked off" item. Sounds to me like he ( or possibly she ) is just a mite jealous. Actually without question, the Amphicars literally steal the show and the public can't get enough of them. The Wooden Boat Club folks, however, are divided into 2 groups - those who are glad we are there because it brings out so many more people and therefore more people see their boats and those who wish we were not there at all as your note attests. We were walking a rather fine line for a while, because the popularity of the Amphis was really annoying some of the wooden boat folks and we were afraid they might tell us not to come back. However, enough people who like our presence prevailed and it looks like we're safe. For the last two years, they have given us a premier location right next to the boat ramp which allows for easy parking and swimming and those in command seem happy with us.
As I mentioned in a recent posting, for the last 8 years (this past show being the 8th annual for us, 17th (I think ) for the Wooden boats, we have had absolutely wonderful weather which sure suits the folks from up north. We don't draw as many Amphicars as one might expect and similarly, since at the same time we have a "Woodie gathering," we also don't draw as many Woodies as we might expect. We have had a high of 16 Amphis and 20 Woodies. Just the same, for bothgroups ( and we also own the 48 Ford Woodie Wagon ), it is the largest gathering of either group in the southeastern U.S.
I am pretty sure that many of the folks who come to the show come to see it all - which means the beautiful boats, the Amphis, the Woodies, the marine flea market and the Antique shops and Craft Fair in the adjacent streets all with the beauty and ambiance of quaint Mount Dora. Positively, were the Amphis to stop being part of the show, a lot of the public would really miss us and be asking where we were.
I am sure it does frost a few of the wooden boat people when the newspapers have an article about the "Wooden Boat Show" and talk about the beautiful wooden boats but then feature pictures of our Amphis. 3 or 4 years ago, the Lake county edition of the Orlando Sentinel had a 3 picture spread of my car in a going -going - gone sequence on the front page of the Sunday edition in color yet !