Mahogany & Chrome
2022 Classic Boat Show
Grand Lake, Oklahoma
September 22-24, 2022
29 Classic Boats were displayed at the 29th Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show.
An “Antique” was 82 years old, originally built in 1940. The newest “Contemporary Wood Boat” was built in 2021. In between were classics with wood or fiberglass or even aluminum or steel hulls. The lengths ranged from 16 feet to 42 feet. And the boat stories were even more varied, unique to each vessel.
Arrowhead Yacht Club and Marina, the host location, did a great job of promoting the boat and car show to the public. There was a steady stream of interested spectators who came to admire these vintage boats. They also were eager to share their memories of boating with the classics.
The 2022 Grand Lake Event was later in September than in past years. One advantage was having a calmer lake for using the boats for cruising on the lead-in days. On Friday, the fleet paraded up the lake to Shengri-la to eat lunch at Doc’s. Perfect temperature for fall cruising.
Friday evening was a dock-full gathering to feast on boiled shrimp at Blind Swine. No one went away hungry, for sure.
Saturday evening’s Grand Awards Banquet at Cherokee Yacht Club started with a Silent Auction with robust bidding on gift baskets, framed posters, a B&B overnight, boat chrome, and autographed books. Donations to the cause brought in substantial support for the Chapter.
One comment commonly heard at Heartland Classics Chapter events is, “It’s as much about the people as the boats.” Well, it’s the boats that brought us together and then it’s the people that glue this Chapter together.
Two couples who are pillars of the Chapter were honored at the banquet. Chick and Karon Wheat have both served on the Board, served as Treasurer, led the Youth Program, presented at workshops, and hosted Grand Lake events since the beginning of this Chapter.
John and Marilyn Davenport have been chairs of the April Chapter event at Hot Springs, Arkansas. They have attended events at every Chapter event location – often with their PuHaps, their Owens Sea Skiff which usually carries extra passengers. John is serving as Chapter Treasurer and Marilyn is always a “worker bee” at every event with her gregarious personality.
Buddy Butler, Chapter President, announced that the President’s Cup this year will be sent to Becky & Jerry Caddell. They ran the Ships Store for years. Becky served as a Director on the Board. They have attended Chapter events at every venue. Becky and Jerry are now co-chairs of the Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake event and did a great job in 2022 and will continue into the future.
Mahogany & Chrome Show is the one Heartland Classics event where official judging is offered. The ACBS criteria for judging are used which are based on comparing the existing boat to the way it would have originally left the showroom as a new boat. A point system is used to determine groups of winners: 95-100 is Platinum, 90-94 is Gold, and 85-89 is Silver.
This year, eight boat owners chose to have their boats judged. It is a learning process for both the boat owner and the judge as they explain reasons for any changes or share suggestions.
Platinum - Best of Show
So much to SEE and DO
Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show
Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show is held by the Heartland Classics Chapter of ACBS. Traditionally, this show is held early in September on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in NE Oklahoma. This event is the only judged boat show within Heartland Classics Chapter. Each year home port is at Arrowhead Yacht Club & Marina in Afton, Oklahoma.