Vintage race boats cruising into Tavares this weekend


The excitement of classic race boats speeding along the water is coming to Tavares this weekend as the Florida Vintage Raceboat Club hosts its Spring Thunder Regatta on Lake Dora.

Race boat heats run from 9:30am-5pm Saturday, March 16, and 11am-4pm Sunday, March 17, at Wooton Park and the Seaplane Base, 150 Ruby St. Lakeside viewing is free to the public.

Vintage race boats will be on display and top-flight drivers will run demonstration laps. According to, when the green flag is raised, a fleet of similarly classed vintage race boats will take to the course. After aligning themselves, the boats will accelerate for high-flying demonstrations of what these boats and drivers sounded, looked, and performed like during their “glory days.”

Boat classes include vintage, inboards, outboards, unlimiteds, and gentleman racers. The event is sanctioned by the American Powerboat Association.

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