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CC barrelbacks at Minneapolis Show

Post by thompsonboatboy » Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:23 pm

TWO 1941 Chris-Craft 17 ft. Deluxe Runabouts (barrleback) will be on display at the Minneapolis Boat Show next week. The show runs 23 - 27 January 2008 at the Convention Center in downtown.

One is "BEFORE" and the other is "AFTER." In other words, it will be a side by side display with one just after a restoration and one which is in dire need of a major restoration.

Along with these boats there will be two 1955 Thompson 14 ft. Thomboy outboards (strip built hulls) "before" and "after."

This will be a very unique display of two sets of before and after vintage boats!

www.minneapolisboatshow.com for ticket info. and hours.

The display is sponsored by the Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (www.acbs-bslol.com)

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Post by tom king » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:21 pm

It's always fun to see the old boats at these shows and especially the reaction of the people to them. Although I've been told by a couple of dealers of new boats that they sometimes have a problem with this because it takes the "spotlight" off the new stuff they are trying to sell.

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Post by Al Benton » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:44 pm

The ACBS Mississippi Valley Chapter has a display at the St. Louis Sports and Boat Show every year. We usually get quite a bit of attention and occasionally sign up new members in the process. We show preserved and restored runabouts (some Chris Crafts) and outboard motors.

I'm thinking a display of before and after restoration would get a lot more attention. We may have to try that next year.

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Post by Wilson Wright » Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:26 am

Tom:

Sometimes it is the old boats that get folks in the door in the first place so that they can be exposed to the new stuff.
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Post by thompsonboatboy » Sat Jan 19, 2008 10:35 am

We are considered the "feature attraction" by the owners of the Minneapolis Boat Show. They go out of their way to make sure we are displaying each year and bend over bacwards to assist us.

Many people tell us that they attend the show just to see the vintage boats.

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Post by Al Benton » Sat Jan 19, 2008 11:39 am

Although ours is an ACBS event, I should add that we encourage visitors to to join one of the Marque Clubs as well, especially CCABC. We display several issues of The Brass Bell along with The Rudder and others. We have hand-outs that include web sites for these.

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Post by Wilson Wright » Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:43 pm

Al:

And as you will hopefully recall, even tho it is an ACBS event we've run recaps of this event with photos in The Brass Bell...Nothing like working together. Thanks for your help in promoting CCABC
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Post by tom king » Mon Jan 21, 2008 5:33 pm

Wilson and Andreas, you both have excellent points. Yes, people do come because of the old boats and the more people that come to these show the better for the show. I was simply relating what a couple of individual dealers related to me. Valid or not It's something to be aware of.

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Post by Al Benton » Tue Jan 22, 2008 12:35 am

The new boat dealers usually pay big bucks to show their wares at the shows, thus carry a bigger stick, but we're still given free space for our displays by the folks running the show and collecting fees.

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Post by thompsonboatboy » Wed Jan 23, 2008 11:56 am

The show opens later today. The two barrelbacks look fun next to one another. Got some FOX TV news coverage this morning!

I shall try to remember to take photos.

Oh, we get paid to put on this display!

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Post by Alan B » Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:16 pm

The Michigan Chapter ACBS has been putting a display in the Detroit Boat Show for a number of years. It's a pretty big deal for us, we schedule volunteers to man the booth every day. Depending on the year we've had between 30 - 80 volunteers from the chapter that go down in 3 hour shifts to man the booth.

Our Ship's Stores trailer is there for us to make a few bucks as well as pass out information for our boat shows and other information. According to the organization that puts on the show their surveys show we are a significant draw each year.

Last year we even had our kids projects being made in the booth on the weekend hours. This year the finished boats (10' outboards) will be on display as well as the antiques.

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Post by thompsonboatboy » Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:11 am

Here are pictures of the two '41 barrelbacks at the Mpls Boat Show from last week. The "before" boat is owned by Dan Schlegel of Stillwater, MN and the "after' one is owned by Howard Lehman of Eau Claire, WI.

These two boats along with the two 1955 Thompson Thomboy before and after rigs were a HUGE hit!

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Post by Al Benton » Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:58 pm

That did made a great display. Glad to hear of the success. Food for thought for next year's show. Our show starts next week in St. Louis with more than twice the space from past years. Wish we had a before and after display to show this year but we'll have plenty of interesting displays.

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Post by thompsonboatboy » Thu Jan 31, 2008 4:45 pm

Our space was cut by 40% or so for the first time in a decade. We had many negative comments about it. But we had NO control over the area alloted to us.

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Post by Wilson Wright » Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:27 pm

Hope y'all sent the pics and photo captions or show details to Bill Basler in case he has room to squeeze it in to [/i] The Brass Bell on which he may still be working.
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