So this is “Miss America IX“, the first boat ever to break 100MPH, back in 1930. It was originally designed and driven by Gar Wood. Gar Wood was an entrepreneur and inventor of both motor boats and the hydraulic hoist for dump trucks.
Her owner (since the 1970’s), Charles Mistele and his beautiful Diane (both pictured above) whom he lovingly calls his, “trophy wife”, brought the boat to the 2014 Dixieland Chapter Boat Show that took place at Joe Wheeler State Park Lodge in Rogersville, AL. What a powerful and loud 80 year old, Miss America IX is. She is the only Miss America antique boat that is still water worthy today. Miss America VI blew up and some of her sisters can be seen in museums.
While it was amazing to see and watch Miss America IX in action, my dad, was my reason for going. He asked me probably a year ago, if I would come along and be the “official photographer” of the event. I don’t turn down an opportunity to spend time with my dad. He really wanted to get the old Century up and running for the boat show and worked on it for a week straight trying to get it water ready. While it didn’t make it into the water (due to some water in the fuel line), he got the motor in great shape and Miss Billie Jo, Dad, and I made it to the boat show. This was the first boat I ever drove and the boat so many of my friends and I learned how to waterski, kneeboard, and do wake boarding tricks behind. I have so many happy memories of hours spent with Miss Billie Jo and my dad, this past weekend now included in those memories.
Now to highlight a few of the other amazingly beautiful antique boats. The winner of both the “People’s Choice” and the “Captain’s Choice” boat awards went to Bob and Stephanie Luberick with their boat, Timeless.
Ned Smith won for the People’s Choice Outboard award.
Mike Hart is the Dixieland Chapter President and this is his little beauty, “Miss Kitty”
This is my new friend, Art. We have very different views but enjoyed long conversations together as we discussed love, life, and the pursuit of happiness without judgement. That last night, he and I stayed on the dock until about 3:30AM. Dude can party 🙂
On Saturday morning, Art came up to me and said, “Let’s go Flying”. How could I turn that down. Michael Kirkpatrick brought his Sea Plane and Art used to be a fighter jet pilot. What a cool ride it was. Thanks, Art and Michael!
Here are 14 more of my favorites!
… and a slideshow to top it all off. Joe Wheeler State Park lodge was beautiful, the staff were super friendly and awesome. Sandra at the front desk and Mandy who ran the bars were both incredible people and very sweet ladies. I would highly recommend the lodge if you should ever find yourself in Rogersville, AL.