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
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.