Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Lions club Regatta  



1945 - 1st Annual Lions Club Outboard Regatta

' 1946 - Jul 17 - Outboard Regatta To be Held Here Sun., Aug 11; Plan 8 Races

    Plans for the second annual outboard racing regatta were completed Wednesday night at a meeting of the Culver Lions Club in the Coffee Shop.

    It was nnounced that the p[opular event would be staged Sunday, Aug 11, in Lake Maxinkuckee in front of the town park.

    Harry Nicodemus, nationa champion, and four other officials of the St. Joseph Valley Outboard Racing Association were here to assis the Lions in rounding out the plans.

    Nicodemus announced that the entries would be larger than last year and would include the best racers in the mid-west.

    THe Lions Club is postin larger purses than last year so as to attract top-flight racers and give the spectators the best show possible.

    So as not to bother church services that day, no motors will be allowed in the lake until noon.

    The races will start at 2:00 p.m. and the eight evenets are espected to be over by 5:00 o'clock

    The regatta has been approved by the National Outboard Association and will count toward determining national champions in the various classes, which will include A, B, C and F.

    The following committees have been appointed to handle the regatta, which is expected to draw between 5,000 and 10,000 spectators.:
      Chairman of the races: Bazil O'Reilly

      Publicity: James Marshall

      Cashier: Herschel Strang

      Tickets: Earl Eckman, Joe Furnas, Harold Sering

      Piers: Enoch Andrews, Jess Overmyer, Ted Powers, George Crutchfield, Don Condon

      Ambulance: William Easterday

      Saftey: Frank Amond, Charles Cowen, Donald Mikesell, Dave Burns

      Spotting of Boats: Donald Mikesell, Howard Maxey, Clyde Morris

      Housing: Frank Amond, Leo Butler, Charles Goss

      Pavilion: Cary Cummins, WIlliam Washburn, WIlber Taylor, Al Graham


1948 - August 4 - Top Outboard Pilots To Race Here Sunday In Lions Club Regatta
    Leading driver from through-out the middle west will be on hand for the outboard motor boat regatta, sponsored by the Culver Lions Club to be held in front of the town park on Lake Macinkuckee next Sunday afternoon. Included in the field will be Harry Nicodemus and son Eddie of South Bend; Bennis Martin of Jackson, Mich.; and Harry Vogts of Madison, Wisc. Vogts last year dethroned Nicodemus as the national Class F champion. Wearly also is a former national champion in Classes A and B. Entire net proceeds from Sunday's races will be used to purchase recteational equipment for Culver's juvenile program. Aproximately 10,000 person withnessed a similar regatta put on by the Lions Club her last year. Sunday's program will consist of two heats each in CLasses A, B, C and F Hydroplanes. Other drivers expecter to compete her Sunday are Chuck Thompson of Detroit, Leon Guthrie of Cleveland, Walter Gabbard and Herbert Siegel of Capac, Mich. Johnny Jones of Springfield, Ill., and RObert Nelson, Charley Bricker, Roy Pederson, Harold Winzler and Ernie Eirckson of Chicago. The Culver Community Band under the direction of Richard Bowles will play between events.

    The Lions Club will operate concessions during the afternoon so there will be no shortage of refreshments. A public address system will be in operation so that spectators will have complete information regarding the races and other happenings of the big afternoon.

    Officials for the regatta will be as follows:
      Timer: Raymond Dukes; assistants - Harold Sering, WIlber Taylor, Raymond H. Ives and Theodore Ervin.

      Judges - Robert Osboen, Clyde Shively and Charles Cowen.


1950 - August 16 - A Lions club committee headed by Don Milner will supervise the day's program. ... The Outboard Regatta will feature fourteen events with several nationally known ...

1951 - Jul 4 - Expect Large Crowd To See Seventh Annual Benefit Regatta Next Sunday
    Races to Start at 1:30 P.m.;

    Crippled Children to Be Guests of Lions

    The waters of Lake Maxinkuckee off the shoreline of the town park will be the scene of plenty of competitive activity next Sunday afternoon when the Seventh Annual Maxinkuckee Outboard Regatta and Water Ski demonstration will be staged.

    Held earlier than in past years, the sponsoring Lions Club organization are hoping that the '51 water sports event will attract the largest crowd in the history of the affair.

    Right now Lions Club Regatta charimen are keeping a hopeful eye cocked on the weather. "It the week end weather is warm with some sunny skies, we will have a good crowd and further we will be able to produce one of the best water sports shows in the history of the event", Lions President Everett Easterday predicted.

    Big Field Of Entrants

    A big field of racin piolts including many champion drives willbe competing for more than $900 cas prized in the carded 10 race program which will open at 1:30 p.m. with the CLass A Hydropane outboards at the starting line. At 2:45 p.m. and again at 4:45p.m. spectators will witness a thrilling demonstration of water skiing.

    THe races are sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association.

    Among the spectatoirs attending the race will be fifty children from the crippled children's camp near Plymouth, who will be special guests of the local Lions Club. Proceeds from the Regatta will go toward the purchase of uniforms for the Culver High School Band. Members of the band initiated their advance sale of tickets for the Regatta last week and while reports are not complete it was indicated that the advance sale was movnig along quite well.

    Members of the Junior High School Band will form a instrumental group which will visit neighboring communties advertising the Regatta this next Saturday.

    J. T. Stinchcomb, chairman in charge of the sale of tickets said that member of the band would be with Lions ticket sellers at the entrance gates to the park next Sunday.

    COmmitted hadlinf details in arranging for the Regatta hace a busy three days work ahead of them as they ready the park, the bleachers, the concession stand, the boat piers and the racing course for the water sports show.


July 3, 1952

Maxinkuckee Regatta slated for July 20

Culver , Ind. The eighth annual Lake Maxinkuckee outboard and Water Ski Regatta, sponosored by the Culver Loins Club, will be held here on Sunday, July 20.

The boat races, sanctioned by the Indiana Outboard Driver Association, are expected to attract many of the outstanding drivers in the Midwest.

Water Ski jumping and trick skiing will be added to the marine feature.






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