Dedicated to those who love and care for Vintage, Classic Boats in America’s Heartland

 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.

Grand Lake 2022 Poster

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

MISS FIREBALL 1940 Gar Wood Custom Runabout Gray Marine 150hp Owned by Eric & Owen Lang Oklahoma City, OK

Platinum

BEARWOOD 2021 Bearwood 20’ Barrelback Mercruiser 250hp Owned by Duane & ZeeAnna Walker Tulsa, OK

Platinum

LOVE ME TIMBER 1958 Century 21’ Coronado Rambler 327 240hp Owned by Kevin Hogan Olathe, Kansas

Gold

Somewhere With You 1953 Chris Craft 19’ Holiday Hercules 129hp Owned by Randy & Heather Garver Papillion, NE

Gold

WAX ON WAX OFF 1987 Cobalt 23’ Condessa Mercruiser 330hp Owned by Scott & Linda Hendren Guthrie, OK

Gold

PRETTY WOMAN 1969 Trojan 42’ Sea Voyager Chrysler 300hp Brian & Susan Gumm Stillwater, OK

Gold

THE DEACON 1959 Correct Craft 16’ Atom Skier Ford 185hp Owned by Bobby & Dayna Gibson Ponca City, OK

Gold

1960 Century 16’ Ski Dart Owned by Tony & Lane Fure Inman, Kansas

So much to SEE and DO

The Ships Store was always busy – as well as the docks full of spectators looking at the rest of the boats!

KREB’S KRAFT 1947 Chris Craft 17’ Deluxe Runabout KB 121hp Owned by Mark & Gina Engel New Strawn, Kansas

LADY LIBERTY 1956 Century 21’ Coronado Chrysler Marine Hemi 220hp Owned by Ward & Karen Brasses Edmond, OK

MISS ‘D’ 1956 Chris Craft 17’ Sportsman Chris Craft K 95hp owned by John & Marilyn Davenport Mena, Arkansas

BEAUTIFUL NOISE 1956 Chris Craft 21′ Capri Chris Craft 200hp Owned by Pack & Jill St. Clair Afton, OK

BELLA VITA 1959 Riva 21’ Ariston Chris Craft 185hp Owned by Dan & Alicia Diehl Tulsa, OK

TIN FIN II 1960 Texas Maid 18’ Tahiti Mercury 110hp Mark Engstrom Sunrise Beach, Missouri

JUST ROAMIN 1962 Chris Craft Roamer Chevy 185hp Owned by Pete & Ramona Seitz Ketchum, OK

TWEETER 1964 Century 17’ Ski Dart 289 180hp Owned by Rusty Noahr Owasso, OK

JAN MARIE 1964 Correct Craft 16’ Compact Skier Gray Marine 110hp Owned by Darren & Jan Arnold Tulsa, OK

ALWAYS OURS 1965 Lonestar 17’ Evinrude 100hp Ward & Karen Brasses Edmond, OK

CHECKMATE 1966 Chris Craft 36′ Cavalier Chevy 225hp Owned by Michael & Angela Beachner Saint Paul, Kansas

MISS GLASTRON 1966 1966 Glastron 16’ Bayflite V-164 Chevy 600hp Owned by Scott & Cathy Wallace Willard, Missouri

RENEGADE Campbell 21’ 21 Chevy 1240hp Owned Pete & Ramona Seitz Ketchum, OK

SNEAKIN OUT 1967 Chris Craft 27’ Commander Sport Express (2) Chris Craft 210hp Owned by Phil & Gay Hennage Eucha, OK

BELLA BLUE 1969 Chris Craft 19’ Commander 19 XK Chris Craft 350 300hp Steve & Sue Spinharney Tulsa, OK

ECLECTIC WAVES 1974 Century 21’ Coronado Chrysler Marine 440 ~350hp Ward & Karen Brasses Edmond, OK

CLASS OF ‘77 1977 Chris Craft 18’ Super Sport Chris Craft 225hp Owned by Phil & Gay Hennage Eucha, OK

CHAPPY 1979 Pioneer 20’ Mini Day Cruiser Chevy 400hp Owned by Mike & Twyla Chapman Joplin, Missouri

SLEEPER 1981 Bertram 28’ Flybridge Merc 270hp Owned by Alex & Linda Barry Afton, OK

1981 Glastron-Carlson 16’ C-512 Mercruiser 140hp Owned by Logan Fure Afton, OK

1993 Cobalt 20’ 198 Mercruiser 260hp Owned by Kerry & Bobbie Jensen Rogers, Arkansas

THREE HOUR TOUR 1984 Monarch 24’ Workboat Twin Evinrudes 150hp Owned by Jim, Pam & Karissa Peterson

SILVER BULLET 2013 Chris Craft 20’ Silver Bullet 305-GM 265hp Owned by Forrest & Kally Bryant Kansas City, Missouri

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.