Sunny skies, gleaming on a wealth of shiny automobiles and boats, highlighted last month’s 15th annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show at Riverfront Park.

Best in Show Overall was a 19’ Sebino 1959 shown by Bill Hancock, of Jacksonville, president of the Florida Sunnyland Chapter of the Southeast Antique and Classic Boat Society, that encompasses watercraft from Florida, Georgia and Texas.

Best In Show Antique Boat & Auto went to Cletus and Peggy Heaps, of Port St. Joe, for their 13’ Thompson 1946.

Best In Show Runabout went to Wally Lathem, Daphne Ala. for his 16 ‘Century Imperial 1953

Best In Show Chris Craft was won by Gerald Drake, Jacksonville, for a 1947 22’ Chris Craft Odyssey.

Most Unique Power Boat went to Richard Stroup, Donalsonville, Ga. for a 23’ Pacific Fishing Dory 2010

Best in Show Restoration was presented to Lisa and Charlie Savage, Fairhope, Ala. for their 16’ Garwood 1946.

Best Classic Boat was the 21’ Motor Launch 2002 owned by Lawrence Kolk, Tallahassee.

Best In Show Antique Boat was a 17’ Chris Craft 1935 owned by Mike and Kathy McGarvey, Tallahassee.

 Best Paddlecraft was the 13’ Wee Rob Canoe 2012 owned by Dennis and Molly Barton, Gainesville Ga. 

Most Unique Sailboat was Steve Haines’ 11’ Sailboat “B. Frank” 2011.

Best in Show Sailboat was the 14’ Arch Davis design home built 1996 by David Higgs, Santa Rosa Beach.

Best In Show Fiberglass Classic went to Joseph Haley, Tallahassee for his 16’ 1962 George McVay fiberglass cuddy.

Best Locally Built Boat was Kristin Anderson’s 24’ Sharpie Ketch “Jenny Raney”

Best in Show Skiff was won by Roger Pinholster, Tallahassee

Best in Show Antique Motors went to the display by Ray and Steve Maloney, Tallahassee.


Among the automobiles that were honored were:

Best in Show Modified Auto to Earl Ice, Foley, Ala., for his Cadillac LaSalle 1937 with teardrop trailer.

Best In Show Antique Car for the 1963 Studebaker Gt Hawk owned by Loren and Betty Hendley, Ocilla, Ga.

Best In Show Classic Car for a 1955 Studebaker President Speedster owned by Chris Parkinson, Sopchoppy,

There were 12 entries from the Apalachicola Maritime Museum. The 58’ Heritage, built in the Brooklin Boatyard was judged the best large sailing vessel; the 24’ El Swan constructed by Richard Speas and launched in 1978 took best in show for a steam driven vessel. A second Speas steam vessel the 26’ Eagle was also on display. Jo Ellen Pearman and Ann Cowles displayed their 15’ pirogues constructed at the Apalachicola Wooden Boat School. Two additional pirogues, an Annapolis wherry and a kayak were also constructed at the museum. The Robert Baker, Extra Suite and Golden Ball completed the museum’s entries.

Other participants included Greg Russell’s 1952 Thompson with Tee Nee Trailer; Bud Harris, Talbottom Ga,  with a 12’ Feathercraft 1950; Anita Grove, Apalachicola, with a 15’ Feathercraft 1959; Don Taylor, Mount Dora, with a 23’ Streblow 1970 sport utility;  Norm Laskay, Mandeville, La., for a 16’ Hartley TS16 home built 1988; James Doherty, Oxford Ga. with a 14’6 sailboat 2011; Fred Sawyer, Apalachicola, with a 13’ Duck Boat locally built 2008; Ty Smith, Crawfordville,  with a 15’8” wooden skiff 2012; Steve Britt, Lillburn, Ga., with 16’ 1957 Radford; Bruce Shipman, Crawfordville, with a 16’ Pacific dory 2012; Bill and Helen Lankford, Pell City, Ala. with a 16’ Swampscott Dory 1996 Hel Lyn; Alan Boyes, Trevett, Maine, with a 21’9” Drascombe Long Boat; Gerald Drake, Jacksonville, with a 22’ 1947 Chris Craft;  Charles Duncan, Kokomo, Indiana, with a 15’ 1939 Lyman; Wilson Wright, Tallahassee, with a  17’ Chris Craft 1970; Henry Maddox, Blakely, Ga. with an eight-foot row boat 2012; Dan Houston, Port Washington, with a Jericho Bay Lobster Skiff 2010;Tom Busenlener, Pearlington, Miss., with a 2006 15’ homemade skiff; Myron Stitt, Apalachicola, with a 15’ 2005 sailboat; Mark Heidorn, Tallahassee, with a 16’ skiff 1997;  Gill Autrey, Apalachicola, with a Willie Roberts; and  Mike Yobe, Mount Dora,  and Bob Peterson,  each with trawlers.

Other cars on display included a Studebaker GT Hawk, owned by the carmaker’s daughter,  Jackie Studebaker Hayes, from Panama City, and a 1949 Plymouth owned by Jack Jolley, Apalachicola.