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

Heartland Classics 2020 Hot Springs Classic


April 17 and April 18

It’s sad that we cannot get together to enjoy the friendships we have made over the years, but we all know the circumstances and what is required of each of us.  I know that God is with us, helping and guiding us, and we and our nation will prevail over this dreaded disease.

Thank you all and may God bless,
John Davenport

Friday, April 17th

10:00  AM           Captains Meeting on the Docks at Bubba Brews

10:15 AM            Lake Hamilton Cruise South, Mike Langhorne Cruise Leader

12:00 PM             Lunch at Bubba Brews (Dutch Treat)

After lunch cruises

6:30 PM               Dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf (Dutch Treat)

Saturday, April 18th

10:00 AM            Captains Meeting on the docks at Bubba Brews

10:15 AM            Lake Hamilton Cruise North, Mike Langhorne Cruise Leader

11:30 AM            Lunch at Clay and Patty Thompsons (Included in registration)

1:30 – 3:30 PM  Boats displayed at the docks at Bubba Brews

6:00 PM               Bourbon Bar @ 501 Prime (Cash bar)

7:00 PM               Dinner at Bourbon Bar @ 501 Prime (Included in registration)

Registration Fee $65.00 per person, no entry fee for boats

Click here for a printable registration form.

Contact:    John Davenport    479 234-5101

Itinerary Venues:

Bubba Brews –  1252 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR      Ph.    501 547-3186

Fisherman’s Wharf – 5101 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR     Ph.   501 525-7437

Clay and Patty Thompson – 715 Northshore Drive, Hot Springs, AR

501 Prime – 215 E. Grand Ave., Hot Springs, AR    Ph.   501 623-0202


Lodging Suggestions:

Note:  The Oaklawn horse racing season is still on during our April show.  Consequently most lodging accommodations will be priced at higher rates.

Country Inn  Lake Resort    1332 Airport Road, Hot Springs, AR      Ph.   501 767-3535     $110/night for off the lake, queen bed, double occupancy
$150/night for on lake, double occupancy.  $5 additional per person up to 6
Includes kitchenettes and covered boat slips are available.
Launch boats at nearby Hill Wheatley Park.

Long Island Lake Resort     320 Long Island Drive, Hot Springs, AR     Ph.     501 525-3600
All rooms face the lake, $120.95/night
There are 2 covered slips available at $10/day.  Boat parking along the   boardwalk is free.   Boat ramp and trailer storage is available at Paul Hastings located less than a half mile from the Resort

Baymont by Wyndham      5321 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR    Contact via website
$139/night (King bed with view of lake)
Open docks, no covered slips.  Launch boat at Paul Hastings located nearby

Several other hotels are located on Bathhouse Row, which includes the historic Arlington Hotel

Event Contacts

John & Marilyn Davenport
Phone: (479) 234-5102
Mike Langhorne
Phone: (501) 318-7666
Clay & Patty Thompson
Phone: (580) 471-5665

The Annual Spring Opener at Lake Hamilton, AR

The Hot Springs Classic is held in April each year to welcome boaters to the boating season. Event dates are determined by the calendar of the Easter holiday and when the Arkansas Derby Day is held.

In the past, this spring opener has included boating on Lake Ouachita, Lake Hamilton and a pre-event in Little Rock, AR.

Arkansas offers even more for travelers when attending this event such as; Garvan Gardens, Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs Mountain, museums, historic gangster hangouts, and more.