1999 AOMC NATIONAL MEET
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MORE FUN WITH OLD IRON, 1999
ELTOS!! EVEN A CLINTON!!
It was the NATIONALS, 1999.
The last nationals of the second millennium!
The rain that occurred off and on Thursday couldn't dampen the spirits of the crowd of happy AOMC'ers who rifled through the quarter mile of goodies brought to the meet. Friday it cleared up and I, the Hawaiian, got a SUNBURN!
The Merc fans were seen here drooling over a nice group of reasonably priced and clean Mercury motors. A number of these left with new owners, the Streamliner on the end of the back rack is now in a prominent Northwest Mercury collection. That Chris-Craft Commander is a real hybrid. Note the Champ Hotrod tower and gearcase with a Mercury clamp assembly.
"MR. ELTO" Sam Vance brought these quads and what a display they made. He ran the Speedliner outfit during the meet. The other photo is of a very rare Quad with 2 plugs per cylinder. I remember finding a set of dual ignition cylinders for one of these in South Bend when I was a kid and wonder where they are today. They were in the basement at W.E.Nelson's shop. Sam, did YOU get them??!!
Here's some shots of the 2 motors I was fortunate enough to acquire at the meet. As I am awfully remote from the mainstream, this was a great opportunity for me to get a couple of tough ones. The ELTO is a high speed model. Both are notable in that they are complete and original needing only minor servicing to be usable.
Here's a shot down the midway. The only time it was this quiet was at 7:00 AM! Anything worthwhile was snapped up in a microsecond. 2 notable motors that were found - a 1929 High Speed Quad, complete but in a box, for - -$50.00. An extremely rare ELTO High Speed Special Speedster that Terry Kilcoyne correctly I.D.'d. Went right by me, I looked at it and I was clueless! He was ecstatic, he told me he's been looking for one for 20 years.
Ron Lietha, one of the many Tomahawk AOMC'ers that helped put on this terrific meet brought his unique Mercury MK25H prototype. This is a real motor, even signed by Charlie Strang! The 20H across from it has a short tiller like the one shown in the ad. His collection of Hot Rods was very nice as well. Thanks Ron! And thanks to all you other folks who brought those great motors and boats on display. Awesome!!
Many thanks are again due to the sponsor, Mercury Marine for all the assistance and the great display of vintage and current Mercury and vintage Wizard outboard motors. For the spectacular awards they provided; I was the recipient of a plaque for long distance travel as well as a 50th anniversary shirt. We who attended hope to see them again soon!
And thanks to all you old motor nuts who attended, all had a great time. Hope I can make it to the 2002 nationals. See you there??
Authored by BILL KELLY, who enjoys being a member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club. Join us!
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