Heartland Classics logoWho are the members of Heartland Classics Chapter?

The Heartland Classics Chapter is for those who love and care for antique and classic boats in America’s Heartland. Members mainly reside in five core states, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, but there are also active members from all of the adjoining states.

What are we about?

Four main events each year are worth the trips that may be up to 500 miles long just within our own Heartland Classics Chapter region. A Winter Restoration Workshop is always held in February, a spring “Kick Off the Season” event is held in April near Hot Springs, Arkansas, a June fun cruisin’ event centered around Table Rock Lake in Missouri, and finally, a judged show at Grand Lake in Oklahoma in September. During alternate years, one day rendezvous are planned or a major river cruise.

What keeps us together as a chapter?

Though the members of Heartland Classics Chapter are spread over a great distance, communication keeps everyone in the know. The award-winning chapter publication Mahogany & Chrome is mailed on a quarterly basis. The chapter also actively maintains its own website at heartlandclassics.org


Chapter News

The Irish Mist

By Rafe Hunsucker member of the Heartland Classics chapter My parents bought this 1960 Chris-Craft Cavalier slightly used in 1962 and it has served the Hunsucker family ever since, having It restored by Antique boat shop Ft.Wayne Indiana around 2010. The most prestigious award was Most original boat at the International boat show 2012 at…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 7.16.19

Magie Mae is a 1968 Lyman 26-foot Cruisette.  She is owned by Ike and Deb Dilkes who sent this picture and report while on the following journey: Last summer we left St. Michaels, MD on July 1st to start our journey to Clayton, NY for the ABM Boat Show and then onto Canada.  We had…

Classics Cruisin’ Weekend at Table Rock Lake

By Dan Gyoerkoe, Executive Director. Group photo above by Forrest Bryant, Heartland Classics Chapter. Upon arrival, I was told the Classics Cruisin’ weekend at Table Rock Lake was a “7-pound” event. So, I jumped right in starting with the Welcome Reception Thursday night and a wonderful dinner at the Rock Lane Resort. This was my…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 6.11.19

Mark and Karen Whitehead are seen cruising on Table Rock Lake, Missouri in their 1948 Chris Craft 19′ Racing Runabout named The Torpedo.  The Torpedo is powered with a Hercules MBL with 158 hp. The Whiteheads are members of the Dixieland Chapter and Heartland Classics Chapter of ACBS.     An ACBS member from Alabama,…

Love Me Timber

By Kevin Hogan member of Heartland Classics I found “Love Me Timber” in an ad in our Heartland Classics publication of Mahogany and Chrome. She needed a complete restoration…I mean total. She was ready for the burn pile. But, with about 1300 hours of time and sweat I brought her back to life. The “twist”…

Tuesday Tour of Vintage Boats 2.5.19

Today’s Tour of Vintage Boats starts with Skidaddle, a 1962 Correct Craft Compact Skier. She is 16 feet long and pictured here on Mirror Lake in Lakeland, Florida.  Photo by Brandon Baker. Skidaddle is owned by Bruce Kester, Past President of the Sunnyland Chapter of ACBS.  You will see her at the Sunnyland Boat Festival March 22-24,…