Bob Clendenin

Florida

 


190 SL Convention
Yellowstone National Park
 

     
  On March 26, 2010, Dave and I drove to Tavares for the annual Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival, perhaps the largest display of old boats in the country.  Some were like the ones we had years ago and some were like the ones we wished we had.  
 

 

 
 

There were eight Ampicars on display.  Called the "car that swims," the 43 horsepower Triumph engine could push them to seven miles per hour in the water and 70 on land, hence the model number 770.  The front tires steer in the water and on land while the four speed gear box includes forward and reverse to the props.

 
 

 

 
 

Parts are parts.  Some visitors look for a much-needed piece to conclude a restoration and some seek to sell leftovers.

 

 

  Remember Alan Jackson singing, "If I had money tell you what I'd do, I'd go downtown and buy a Mercury or two."  
 

 

 
  Some owners even insisted on proving their boats float.
When an amphibian plane landed, it appeared that local law enforcement would not allow it to dock .
 
 

 

 
  Reading the instructions below on starting a cold motor, gives you a good idea how far machinery has advanced since 1928.  Boat Salesmen, on the other hand, may not have changed at all.  
 

 

 

Bob Clendenin

Florida