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

Mark your calendars for this year’s events.

Lake Hamilton, AR
Hot Springs Classic

April 4 -6, 2019


Table Rock Lake, MO
Classics Cruisin’ Table Rock Lake
June 6 – 9, 2019


Grand Lake, OK
Mahogany & Chrome Classic Boat Show
Sept 5 – 8, 2019



Chapter Message from President Chuck Gibbs

Greetings, and happy new year to all!

I am honored to serve as your President for this 26th year of our affiliation with ACBS. Seems like just a short time ago that we met at Dan Diehl’s shop during in 1992 to vote on becoming the Heartland Classics Chapter of ACBS.

Since that humble beginning we have grown consistently to over 170 members; participated in leadership of the international organization; hosted two international shows; won acclaim and recognition as Chapter of the Year over 52 other chapters for 2 of the 10 years that award has been presented; produced award-winning magazines, and placed second for the best website in 2018.  That is a lot to be proud of for a relative newcomer to the Society.

This year has begun with a flurry of activity. During our first board meeting in January, we approved our balanced budget, and Kathleen Barrett was appointed to head a website committee, including George Reaves, Kathy Parker, Mike Yancey, John Davenport, Ken Everett, and Forrest Bryant. That committee has worked diligently to secure a contract to redevelop and improve our chapter website to complement our Facebook page edited by Kathy Parker, and our magazine edited and produced by Forrest Bryant. The website project is well under way and should go live very soon.

On January 25-27, Buddy Butler organized and oversaw our participation in the Oklahoma City Boat Show. Buddy, Steve Spinharney, Dan Diehl, and Danny Holloway brought their boats to show in this annual event, which is a big hit with their attendees.

Charter member, Dan Diehl once again headed up an informative and well-organized winter workshop held on February 9, 2019, which was attended by over 40 members and guests. This event always gets us off to a good start to the upcoming boating season and inspires us to complete those winter projects to get out boats ready for another year of classic boating.

One of my goals is to make this year the best yet for our club, and to continue the path of sustainability set in place by our previous leadership, with an emphasis on personal and consistent communication between the officers, the board of directors, and members.

Sustainability is dependent on our effective stewardship of this wonderful “habit” of ours by passing it on to a new generation of classic boat lovers who will carry on this tradition and history into the future. Keep this in mind during the upcoming year as we spread the love; this classic boating season.

I look forward to seeing all of you on the lakes.

– Chuck