As the military amphibious vehicles began arriving in Evansville on Thursday, the Amphicars also made their presence known on the Evansville riverfront at Hotel Aztar. What a great hotel located on the Ohio River with a casino boat attached. We had our oun boat ramp at the hotel which made it easy for us to swim anytime. Friday morning the Amphicars joined over 200 Military vehicles to parade in Evansville along the riverfront. Amphibious vehicles included a German Light Amphibious Car,"GLAC" also known as the original Hans Trippel designed Schwimwagon. We noticed many similarities to our Amphicars. Other amphibious vehicles included 6 DUKWS, 2 LVTs known as light vehicle Tanks,or Amtracks. A ford Amphibious Jeep built for the US military called a GPA also was in attendance and hung with the Amphicars. In attendance was club member Rick Young's beautiful Amphi-Ranger along with the 9 other breathtaking Amphicars. The Amphicar group then headed to Newburgh for lunch. High water canceled the river return however we were able to splash and play in the Ohio River at Newburgh. The Amphicar Club organized an event on Friday evening where we gathered at the birth of one of the largest amphibious vehicles ever built, Landing Ship Tank "LST 325". There were 177 LSTs built in Evansville for WWII. She is 327 feet long with a beam of 50 feet. A deck that is large enough to host Amphicar races. LST 325 was sent to participate in the invasion of Sicily in 1942. She invaded Normandy in 1944, before serving in Africa. The American Arctic operations were it's last US duty before being sold to the Greek Navy in the1964 and renamed Syros.The Lst 325 was purchased in Crete by the USS Ship Memorial Inc, where U.S. Retired military veterans volunteered to make her sea worthy again and brought her to Evansville in 2001. This is the only operational LST in existence. The Amphicar club was fortunate to be able drive our cars via gangway onto the ship and had her to ourselves on Friday evening. The volunteer crew provided us with a special tour of the vessel which devoured our planed tech session. Friday ended with a fish dinner at The Tin Fish restaurant on the banks of the Ohio at the LST mooring. After dinner several Amphicar participants couldn't sleep because Three Dog Night was performing at Axtar Hotel outside our rooms on the event plaza. So we joined the outside party. Thank goodness Three Dog Night was age appropriate for our Amphicar group and not something like Metalica. Saturday the Amphicars met with the military amphibians at LST325 to swim to the famous DogTown Tavern. Fortunately the Ohio River had dropped to desirable levels and current was minimal and the weather was beautiful but windy. After taking several laps around the moored LST we were off on a 2 hour large group swim. We in countered several types of water and wind. Amazingly no breakdowns were encountered.The DUKWS we're clearly the fastest of the group however Rick Young's Amphi-Ranger was reported to be sand bagging. 147 wet, hungry, and thirsty people disembarked at DogTown. Those DUKWS sure know how to haul a party. After lunch the entire group headed to the fairgrounds where the Military Vehicle Preservation Society was gathered. Amphicars were well received and spent several hours inspecting the large array of military vehicles.The Amphicars headed to the home of Robert and Marianna Wright and their son Brodie for a farewell picnic. Amphicars were parked on the grass among the party to make sure we included the cars in our final farewell gathering.

Here are 60 photographs documenting the fun!

Attendees included:

KAHLER, BRAD AND SUSAN -- BEVINS, JOHN -- DERER, DAVE AND MARGY -- COLLINS/ARMSTRONG, JEFF AND BARB -- CODISPOTI, JOE AND VICTORIA -- LLOYD, RICK AND SUSAN -- RENIER, CHUCK AND DEANNA -- LAMBERT, JOHN -- SOUTER, GORD AND JOANNE -- TRUDEAU, RON -- YOUNG, RICK AND JO -- WRIGHT, ROBERT AND MARIANNA -- ZINKOSKY, GREG, LAURIE, ADAM & GRANT -- LYNCH, BRUCE -- INGALLS, BRYANT -- SALLEE, ROGER -- FENEMORE, BILL

Thanks to you all for your presence!

--Robert Wright

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