NORTH WEBSTER — The weather was perfect for the annual spring Antique Outboard Motor Show and Swap Meet in North Webster. The event was held Saturday, May 18, at the North Webster Town Park.
“It has been the best crowd,” said Dave Tranter, local organizer for the spring Antique Outboard Motor Show and Swap Meet. Tranter noted motors were brought in for evaluation, display and sale. One individual brought in 14 old motors and sold every one of them.
Outboard motor restorers, historians, collectors and enthusiasts from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana gathered for a day of activities related to their hobby. The events for the day included an exhibition of recent restoration projects, serious swapping of parts and literature, plus running old-time motors on the lake.
This was the 31st year for the show. The first event was held at Mocks Boat Livery in Syracuse and then moved to the home of Harry Brinkman in North Webster. The Antique Outboard Motor Club is part of the Michiana Outboard Boating Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club Inc.
There were many antique motors brought to be sold and evaluated throughout the day and the swap area included parts, literature, related accessories and antique motors.
The national AOMCI has more than 5,000 members and classifies an antique outboard as being manufactured prior to 1950 and a classic outboard more than 30 years old.