Our Hampton Inn of Leesburg-Tavares is lucky to be located minutes from the city of Tavares and the Classic Raceboat Association that calls this city home. With prime access to Lake Dora and the associated Harris Chain of Lakes, Tavares is a hub for seaplanes, watersports, and classic raceboat enthusiasts. Every year these enthusiasts flock to Wooten Park in Tavares for a number of seasonal events hosted by the Classic Raceboat Association.
Recent events have drawn over 75 vintage raceboats and many more spectators to the area. When Northern lakes are frozen, Florida’s calm in-land lakes provide a wonderful alternative location to showcase these fantastic boats. The Classic Raceboat Association Fall Thunder event, hosted this year in November (8th-11th), will feature heats of classic raceboats, a reception at Al’s Landing, an opening flag ceremony, many beautiful boats on display for the public and more!
Some of the classic boats at the Fall Thunder event will include those with outboard motors, small/mid/large hydros, flatbottom boats, skiffs, runabouts, speedsters, and more. Many of the boats are reminiscent of those used in James Bond movies over the years and both boat connoisseurs and onlookers will be thrilled with the vintage and retro styles of these classic boats. To find out more about the event or to register your classic raceboat, please click here.
By Becky Schaff