Amphicar Gatherings of the Past Millennium


 1999 Amphicar Convention
July 23-25, 1999
Celina, Ohio

What a great event... The most members, the most Amphicars and the most fun we have ever had. A record 26 Amphicars and over 100 people in attendance. The weather was hot, between 90 and 100 everyday, but no rain. The accommodations at the hotel were excellent and we actually had enough seating at the restaurants. Everyone had such a great time it has been decided to return to Celina again next year. The following is a list of club members that attended the convention with their Amphicar and where they are from:

DARYL TRESNER, DODGEVILLE, WI
DAVE DERER, MENDOTA, IL
MARK RICHARDSON, EATON RAPIDS, MI
VERNON JONES, BEL AIR, MD
FRED PERKINS, PORT CREDIT, ONTARIO CANADA
ED KOOPS, HOLLAND, MI
RICHARD HUGGINS, COLUMBUS, OH
FRANK CARIONE, MT. SINAI, NY
DOUG PARSONS, DAYTON, OH
JOHN DAVIS, TULSA, OK
DAN BORGMAN, OCKLAWAHA, FL
MARK BRAUNSTEIN, WOODSTOCK, NY
LEROY MC DONALD, OLD TOWN, ID
FRED CRAIG, CANTON, OH
MIKE ECHEMANN, DOWNERS GROVE, IL
RICK YOUNG, MURFREESBORO, TN
ROGER SALLEE, LAKE OZARK, MO
JAMES TILLER, KALAMAZOO, MI
BILL CONNELLY, SPRINGFIELD, VA
TIM STARR, TORONTO, OH
VICTOR NELSON, POMPANO BEACH, FL
ALLEN HEATH, ROANOKE, TX
BILL SYX, MAYS LANDING, NJ
MARC SCHLEMMER, FLORENCE, KY

ADDITIONALLY, THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE IN ATTENDANCE.

WAYNE SCHMIEDLIN, SUN PRARIE, WI
JEFFREY SWEET, GLOVERSVILLE, NY
JOHN FITZPATRICK, RICE, VA
JONATHAN FOUST, FLINT, MI
ERNIE WASHINFTON, PORT CLINTON, OH
AL VADNAIS, LIVONIA, MI
STEVE BEHNKE, KAUKAUNA, WI
MIKE BAUMGARDNER, DEARBORN HTS, MI
NICK BORCHARDT, MEQUON, WI

WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD AN EXTRA THANKS TO THOSE MEMBERS THAT BROUGHT MORE THAN ONE AMPHICAR TO THE MEET.



 


1997 & 1998 Lake George, NY

JULY 18-20, 1997. THE 4th ANNUAL SWIM IN AND CONVENTION WAS HELD AT THE ROARING BROOK RANCH AND MILLION DOLLAR BEACH IN LAKE GEORGE, NY. WE HAD A TOTAL OF 34 STAYING OVERNIGHT AND 41 FOR THE ACTIVITIES ON SATURDAY.

THE WEEKEND STARTED WITH A COCKTAIL PARTY FRIDAY NIGHT FOLLOWED BY DELICIOUS DINNER.

SATURDAY WAS STARTED OFF WITH BREAKFAST AT THE RANCH FOLLOWED BY A HORSE BACK RIDE. JUST BEFORE 11 WE PARADED THROUGH LAKE GEORGE VILLAGE TO MILLION DOLLAR BEACH. WE HAD A TOTAL OF 12 CARS IN ATTENDANCE. THE WEATHER WAS WINDY AND COOL BUT WE HAD A GREAT TIME.

SATURDAYS LUNCH WAS AT THE MOUNTAINEER RESTAURANT. AT 3PM IT WAS OFF TO PLAY MINIATURE GOLF. WE FOUND THAT BILL SYX WILL PROBABLY BE LEAVING THE CLUB AND TAKING UP GOLF FULL TIME.

AT 6PM IT WAS DOWN TO THE DOCKS TO BOARD THE CRUISE BOAT. I'M NOT SURE AT WHAT SIZE A BOAT BECOMES A SHIP, BUT THIS ONE SEATED 400 FOR DINNER, WHICH WAS GREAT. THE CRUISE LASTED FOR ABOUT 2 1/2 HOURS AND THEN WE HAD A BEAUTIFUL BUT COOL EVENING TO STROLLS THE STREETS OF LAKE GEORGE VILLAGE OR RETURN TO THE RESORT FOR LIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN THE LOUNGE.

SUNDAY MORNING WE WERE AGAIN GIVEN A DELUXE BREAKFAST AT THE RANCH. SOME STARTED THERE TREK HOME EARLY, WHILE OTHERS SPENT THE DAY IN LAKE GEORGE. SOME VISITED FORT WILLIAM HENRY, SITE OF JAMES FENNIMORE COOPERS "LAST OF THE MOHIGANS" WHILE OTHERS WENT TO THE GREAT ESCAPE AMUSEMENT PARK.

July 16-19, 1998. The 5th Annual Amphicar Convention again returned to the upstate NY village of Lake George. This year most everyone stayed at the Mohican Motel. The convention was extended one day and everyone arrived on Thursday. By doing so we got to see the excellent fireworks display put on by the village.

Friday morning was spent with the TV station from Albany. This was the first year that we were able to get any tv coverage. The filming was conducted at the launch ramp of the Shoreline Restaurant.

Friday night we were off for our dinner cruise on Lake George. We had a total of 47 in our group for an excellent buffet.

The weather was perfect all weekend. While showers and thunderstorms were in the area, it never rained in lake George. 9 cars were present with exactly 50 members, family & friends. Hundreds gathered at Lake George Beach to see the marvelous cars. Dozens lined up to get a ride from Bill Syx in his car.

During the weekend we played miniature golf, went to Fort William Henry and the Drive In Movie Theater. The annual conventions is lots of fun for everyone that attends. Our group has formed into a family.

The saddest part of the entire weekend is breakfast Sunday morning. Then it is time to say goodbye for another year.

 

1996 Fultonville, NY

July 26-28. Friday night we started with a Classic & Antique Car Cruise In at the local McDonalds. 98 cars attended and each one received a dash plaque. We had a DJ playing 50's music, there were raffles, door prizes and dozens of other awards and trophies were given out.

Saturday we started with breakfast at Travelport. Then we were off to the Schoharie Crossing Park via the Mohawk River. Ten Amphicars were in attendance this year with club attendance around 50. About a half dozen funny looking Metropolitans showed up. We warned them not to go in the water, and they backed off as the one with PUDLJMPR on the license plate stalled going down the launch ramp. Saturday night it was the Poplars Inn for a riverfront party. We had an excellent buffet dinner and then relaxed as the DJ played 50's and 60's music with some country mixed in.

Sunday morning it was once again time for our farewell breakfast. Vice President Mark Braunstein presented President Jeff Sweet with a plaque from all of the members for having a powerful vision and piloting the club to great success. Awards were presented for attending the Friday night cruise in, attending consecutive years and bringing your Amphicar.

 


1994 & 1995 Northampton Beach State Park, Northville, NY

The 1994 Swim In was our first annual event. It was held on Saturday July 23rd. We had 7 Amphicars and a military seep. John Davis traveled the furthest with his Amphicar, all the way from Oklahoma. We had a Barbecue lunch at the park and then took an afternoon cruise on the Great Sacandaga Lake. The bottom picture shows the Amphicars as they passed under the Northville Bridge.


The 95 Swim In was held on saturday July 22nd. 12 Amphicars made it to this second annual event, 27 members and total attendance was around 60.

Friday night we met at the Tamarack restaurant. After everyone was full and refreshed we went for a cruise. We got a late start and finished our voyage in the dark.

Saturday morning breakfast was at the Northampton diner hosted by Vice President Mark Braunstein. At about 2:30pm we took our afternoon cruise. We went from the park back up to the launch by the bridge, same as last year. I demonstrated the obstacle course but Frank Carione was the only one who dared try it. For that, he received an 8x10 factory photo. Dinner Saturday night was at Lanzi's on the Lake. After dinner we took a moonlight cruise back to the park.

Breakfast Sunday morning was at The Inn at the Bridge. Everyone said their goodbyes and awards were presented for furthest distance and vanity license plates.

 


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