Report and pictures submitted by Rob Ebbing, member of the Mississippi Valley Chapter of ACBS.

The headline picture today is a 1954 Raveau playing around cruisers that were heading upstream to Quincy, just north of Hannibal MO.  Raveau, driven by Dan Ebbing, is owned by Todd Young and Rob Ebbing.  The 1968 Hatteras in the background is owned and operated by John Bloch who travelled from St. Louis.

The 17th Annual Quincy Classic Boat & Outboard Show in September was a huge success this year with 65 boats participating! 

Six classic cruisers made the 100+ mile trip up the Mississippi River from the St. Louis area to Quincy, IL. The cruisers travelled two long days to make the trip leaving St. Louis area early on Thursday 9/14/17. 

These were the six classic boats that made the two day trip: 

  • “Willpower” owned by Tom and Lou Lenkman – 1953 42 CC Commander
  • “Audy B II” owned by John & Audrey Bloch – 1968 31 Ft Hatterras Sportfish
  • “Sarah Katherine” owned by James and Alice Tobin – 1967 30 Ft CC Crusader
  • “Whoz Yer Daddy” owned by Dave and Sue Bullington – 1966 33 Ft CC Cavalier
  • “Full Circle” owned by Dave and Vicky Wann – 1964 30 Ft CC Constellation
  • “Cheri Baby” houseboat owned by Dan & Cheri Bloch – 1985 48 Ft HarborMaster
Fourteen classic inboard and outboard runabout models launched in Hannibal, MO Friday afternoon 9/15/17 around 1 pm to meet the St. Louis cruisers and make the last 17 mile run on up the Mississippi  River together with one lockage at Lock & Dam #21 just south of Quincy to officially open the show for the weekend!

 Friday night a group of former race boat drivers and mechanics talked to show participants about their days of racing for Quincy Marine back in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Quincy Marine was known world wide for their dominance in the racing world using Mercury outboards and designing and building enhancement parts for the engines.Saturday was show day and demonstration of boats/motors capabilities in the Quincy Bay. 

Mississippi Chapter staged it and the crowds came to see the show. (These boats are launched for the owners during show hours with a tractor courtesy of Dave Taylor, owner of Selby Implement Dealer)

Late afternoon Saturday around 4 pm all the boats were encouraged to travel up the Mississippi River three miles to a private “Island Club” for drinks and appetizers. 

at the dock of the “Island Club”

Boats headed back to Quincy after an enjoyable cruise for a nice supper served at the Quincy Boat Club. 

Sunday morning brought some scattered showers, but the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits from a great weekend of sunshine and classic boating!

Thank you, Rob Ebbing, for sharing the Quincy Boat Show Weekend hosted by the Mississippi Valley Chapter.

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  1. Thank you publishing this wonderful article about the Quincy show. We were aboard Willpower as owner/ operators . The trip for us has been made for the last 20 years . Quincy Boat club is always so gracious and the setting is just perfect. Quincy is a very nice and welcoming town to visit. Thank you Robb Ebbing and Todd Young and all the other people who make this show so special!

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