History

Michigan Chapter Founding Members


George ‘Sandy’ Duffy Peter Henkel Don Orth Joe Kabot Dave Voydanoff
Glenn Plank Jack Speck Joe Hepsworth Bud Aikens Rick Blackwell
James Chominski Mark Mason Victor Verhaeghe Jim Brophy Jack Teetor
Chuck Letts Harold Mistele Chuck Mistele Gari Stroh Steve Moore
Art Cooper Tom Howarth John Schueler Bruce Glunker Byrdy Barbier

History

In 2018, the Michigan Chapter is celebrating its 40th year of existence.

Our Chapter was founded on November 11, 1978. Our first Commodore, George ‘Sandy’ Duffy, accepted the Charter from ACBS at the International Annual Meeting in Clayton, New York on that date and we became the 6th chapter in a still new ACBS organization of about 500 members. ACBS has since grown into the largest society in the world dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of historic, antique and classic boats. We embrace all styles of classic boats whether they are wood, fiberglass or metal with over 13,000 members and 54 Chapters.

Our club got its start several years earlier as a picnic rendezvous every 4th of July at the waterfront home of B.A. (Bud) and Pat Aikens. Bud and Pat hosted this event as a way of getting friends with antique boats together for an afternoon of fun. Part of the weekend festivities was the City of Algonac Annual Boat Parade made up of a variety of local boats, both old and new. It was a “come and have some fun” parade that was enjoyed by all who either participated or watched from the shoreline. Bud and his friends would enthusiastically join in with their classic craft.

That local parade has turned into an annual boat show held every year at the Algonac Harbour Club on the St. Clair River. It is the signature event of many that are held throughout the year by the Michigan Chapter. Our show is known as “The Annual Plant Jamboree, Where It All Began” and it is hosted by Harbour Club owner Pete Beauregard and the Michigan Chapter ACBS on the site of the original Chris Craft Factory.


Some of the accomplishments and activities since those early rendezvous at the Aikens are as follows:

The Michigan Chapter has hosted three National (now International) meetings. The first was in 1982 at the St. Clair Inn in St. Clair, Michigan. In 1990 and 2000 the Annual Meeting was held on Mackinac Island at the Grand Hotel. The 2000 annual meeting was the 25th Anniversary for the International ACBS and was co-hosted by the Michigan Chapter and the other chapter in Michigan, Water Wonderland.

In 2018, in conjunction with our own 40th Anniversary, the Michigan Chapter will host the ACBS International Annual Meeting in Port Huron, Michigan. The Annual Meeting has grown to include a concourse level boat show and a full week of pre-events which are planned and presented by the Michigan Chapter. The weeklong celebration of the best classic boats in the world will be called “Boat the Blue” and more information can be found on the website www.boattheblue.com

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