Mahogany & Chrome
2023 Classic Boat Show 

Grand Lake, Oklahoma

September 7, 8, 9, 2023

Arrowhead Yacht Club and Marina was the host location providing great docks for displaying our Antique and Classic Boats and great restaurants for friends to gather and share meals together.

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: 93-100 is Platinum, 84-92 is Gold, and 75-83 is Silver.

Fourteen participants chose to have their boat judged – which is an educational process for both boat owners and judges.

Thirty-five boats attended this event for the enjoyment of boating with friends and visiting with the public about boats.

Thanks to videographers David Sheets and Christopher Wolff and production by Christopher Wolff and Phil Wolff, here is a video recap of the 2023 Mahogany & Chrome Event.

2023 Mahogany & Chrome Award Winners


James Mader & Bob McQuain
Platinum Awards:
James Mader & Bob McQuain
Richard Moist
Gold Awards:
Dan Lorant
Jack Pryor
Silver Award:
Jim Conner

“Duke” is a 1926 Dart 26′ Runabout owned and restored by James Mader and Robert McQuain.  Home port is Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.


“Hannah Leigh” is a 1960 Thompson 17′ Lancer with an 85hp Johnson Outboard owned and restored by Richard and Cara Moist of Springfield, Missouri.


“Miss Julianna” is a 1956 Chris Craft 15′ Cavalier powered with a Hercules 60hp engine.  She is owned by Jack Pryor of Adair, Oklahoma.


“Phaeacian” is a 1972 Chris Craft 42′ Constellation powered with a Chris Craft 300hp engine.  She is owned by Dan Lorant of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Silver Award

This 1955 Century 21′ Coronado is powered with Corvette 425hp engine.  She is owned by Jim & Marilyn Conner of Grove, Oklahoma.


Kerry Jensen
Platinum Awards:
Ward Brasses
Forrest Bryant
Jerry Caddell
Lane Fure
Chuck Gibbs
Phil Wolff

Gold Awards:
James Donovan
Scott Hendren


“The Cobalt” is a 1993 Cobalt 20′ 198 powered by a Mercruiser 285hp engine.  She is owned by Kerry & Bobbie Jensen of Rogers, Arkansas.


“Ready to Rumble” is a 1993 Fountain 32′  32 Fever with 2 Chevrolet Big Block engines.  She is owned by Ward & Karen Brasses of Edmond, Oklahoma.


This 1988 Taylor 23′ 9235 is powered by a GM 350 engine with 265hp.  She is owned by Forrest & Kally Bryant of Kansas City, Missouri.


“Barefoot” is a 1989 Mastercraft 19′ BF 190 powered by an Indmar Chevy 454 with 425hp.  She is owned by Jerry & Becky Caddell of Shell Knob, Missouri.


“Small Fry” is a 1981 Aqua Lark 8′ with a Mercury 20 hp Outboard.  She is owned by Lane Fure and his parents Tony & Kelli Fure of Inman, Kansas.


This 1989 Century 19′ Arabian is powered by a Mercruiser with 330hp.  She is owned by Chuck Gibbs of Tulsa, Oklahoma.


” ’68 ” is a Century 17’6″ Resorter FGL with a Ford Interceptor 285hp engine.  She is owned by Phil Wolff of Dallas, Texas.


“Charisma” is a 1972 Chris Craft 22′ XK-22 powered by a Chevy 350 with 320hp.  She is owned by James Donovan of Carrollton, Texas.


“Wax On  Wax Off” is a 1987 Cobalt 23′ Condessa with a Mercruiser 330hp engine.  She is owned by Scott and Linda Hendren of Guthrie, Oklahoma.


The visiting public as well as all participants were able to vote once for their favorite boat – a very hard decision!  Here are the results:
5th place – Beachner’s “Checkmate”
4th place – Diehl’s “Cobra”
3rd place – Garver’s “Somewhere With You”
2nd place – Seitz’ “Just Roamin”
1st place – Mader/McQuain’s – “Duke”


“Duke” is a 1926 Dart 26′ Runabout owned and restored by James Mader and Robert McQuain.  Home port is Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

Of course, there was cruising and plenty of time for socializing.

Mark Engstrom, Chapter Vice President, served as MC for the Awards Banquet.

Dan Diehl was Head Judge AND trophy creator AND presenter of Boat Show Awards.

Dan Diehl presenting Best Wood Boat Award to Bob McQuain (left) and James Mader (right).

On behalf of Chapter President Buddy Butler, Mark Engstrom presents the President’s Cup of Appreciation to Kerry Jensen for actively filling an officer’s job this year as well as co-chairing the new Beaver Lake Chapter event.

A portion of Saturday evening’s program honored Mike Yancey who left us too soon.

Heartland Classics Chapter was fortunate to have Mike and Denese as members since 2009. Mike quickly became involved on event committees, the Board of Directors beginning in 2012, and served as President in 2017 and 2018.  Mike represented Heartland Classics at many ACBS International events, twice receiving ACBS Awards, one was Chapter of the Year and the other the Rover Award mainly for his planning and leading the seven-day “Arkansas River Odyssey”.


Mike Yancey

July 12, 1956 ~ August 7, 2023

A Variety of Boats Filled the Docks and Delighted the Spectators
They ranged from 1926 to 1995 and from 8′ to 42′.

1926 Chris Craft Triple “Lady of the Lake” owned by Wayne Spaulding of Frisco, Colorado.

1949 Century Sea Maid “Ain’t She Sweet” owned by Michael Vannier of Loveland, Colorado

1951 Chris Craft Special Runabout “Prosperity” owned by John Ables of McKinney, Texas.

1953 Chris Craft Holiday “Somewhere With You” owned by Randy and Heather Garver of Papillion, Nebraska.

1955 Chris Craft Cobra owned by Dan and Alicia Diehl of Jenks, Oklahoma.

1956 Century Coronado “Lady Liberty” owned by Ward and Karen Brasses of Edmond, Oklahoma.

1956 Chris Craft Capri “Beautiful Noise” shown by Alex Barry of Afton, Oklahoma.

1956 Chris Craft Continental “Miss Jill” shown by Alex Barry of Afton, Oklahoma.

1964 Chris Craft 360 “The Elizabeth” owned by Mike Cole and John Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri.

1966 Chris Craft Sea Skiff “Checkmate” owned by Michael and Angela Beachner of St. Paul, Kansas.

1968 Campbell Custom Ski-Racer “Renegade” owned by Pete and Ramona Seitz of Ketchum, Oklahoma.

1969 Chris Craft Commander Super Sport “Bella Blue” owned by Steve and Sue Spinharney of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1971 Chris Craft Commander owned by Pat and Melissa Lang of Wichita, Kansas.

1981 Bertram 28 Fly Bridge “Sleeper” owned by Alex and Linda Barry of Afton, Oklahoma.

1981 Glastron-Carlson C512 owned by Logan Fure of Afton, Oklahoma.

1988 Glastron-Carlson “Black Betty” owned by Zack and Danielle Stafford of Derby, Kansas.

1992 Tiara Bowrider owned by Jodee Winkle and Brad Pedersen of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

1995 Hunter Vision “Sails Call” owned by Brendan Jensen of Topeka, Kansas.

1974 Century Coronado  “Eclectic Wave” owned by Brian and Carla Ruth of Afton, Oklahoma.

1967 Chris Craft 27′ Commander Sport Express “Sneakin Out” owned by Kyle Jamar of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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.