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Saturday August 14, 2010 All Day
Riverside Park, Beloit, Wisconsin  (map)

posted by cc1000

See http://www.boatsinthebelfry.com/ for more info


The Midwest All-Classics Boat Show in Beloit Wisconsin on the Rock RiverRiverside ParkGeneral Information:

The Show has been moved back across the Rock River to Riverside Park just North of the State Line. All types of Classic Boats are welcome to exhibit and participate in the Show. There’s no entry or attendance fee.

Sometimes we gather in the parking lot at Ramada as boats come in around 4pm before heading out for supper.

Friday evening is usually a great time to catch-up on boat talk over a few beers. Saturday is the Show and Boat Run. Sunday morning is day-olds and coffee at Kevin’s collection in the country outside Rockton. The Rock River has been an excellent boat run every year for the show (we’ll put-in upstream from the Thunder On The Rock Boat Races). The Volksboat owner’s club has their annual meet at the show which makes for a lot of fun.



We have a group rate arranged at the Ramada Inn, located at 51/75 where we’ve stayed in years past. The rates are only slightly higher than other motels that aren’t large enough to park the boats. Plus, it’s probably the nicest motel in the area with an indoor pool. The price is $65+tax per nite for a basic room or $69+tax for “executive”. Ask for the Midwest All Classics Boat Show Rate. Ramada 815-389-3481 rates good until the 19th if available, so call for reservations soon.

For those who can’t consider that type of investment, there’s Ike’s Motel a few blocks away from the Ramada for $35 to $45 per nite. The old Driftwood Motel is adjacent to the Show location but is over $50 for a “no frills” room.


First-timers need to know that the Interstate becomes a toll highway if you try to stay on it past Rockford ( coming from the South ) there are some 2-lane drive-arounds that work but you’ll need to really look the maps over carefully.

Kevin Mueller, co-host, has The Gem shop on main street in suburban Rockton, Illinois. If you arrive in town early, be sure to stop by the shop for last minute show info or directions. Have a picnic by the river there. This show is a really good time in a great place.. so we hope to see you there. Bob Whiteside www.americanclassicspeedboats.com

Co-Hosts: Dave “Merks” Moehrke of BigFinBoats.com and Kevin Mueller of BoatsInTheBelfry.com

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Reply VideoBob
11:49 AM on November 12, 2009 
My wife and I attended the Show that takes place in the Rockford/Beloit area since 2001. It has a varied degree of spectacular Glass boats, great, good, bad and NO boat runs - good and not so good meetings - also - many attempts at reorganization by different groups of organizers. Bottom line is that The Rock River State Line area has some great water, some pretty good facilities and the reason for the whole thing - Kevin Mueller. If you don't know about KevFin, then check out his collection at the above website. People have attended this unstable show for the last ten years from all over America to catch a glimpse of some of the rarest boats in the world - all in Kevin's yard - which is out in the country outside of Rockton, IL. The first or second Show we attended was actually staged at Kevin's property and was one of the best.
Highlites from the decade of Shows for me were:
Riding in Kevin's SeaFlite
Lee Wangstad and Kevin's co-presentation on Glass
Switzer's autobiographical 3 hour lecture at the Rockton Country Club
Night cruise on the Beloit Riverside during their annual festival in Marty Monsons Starcraft.
Boat run in Chris Weiss's Hydrostream
John Gambill's detailing
Hearing the honest to goodness Wisconsin/Minnesota accents, ya.

We may not attend in the future due to a falling out with one of the current organizers - but the last we heard was that the Show would be moved to a larger area with better ramps and a lot more elbow room a few miles north of the recent Beloit location. There should be less interference with the Show by extraneous events and people and much better integration of showing and running. The Show NEVER has pulled in the general public to any extent - so moving it away from heavy traffic areas will be no great loss. I personally tried to see if a little better regional publicity could be had but will not be pursuing that.
I strongly recommend attendance at this Show if you've never seen the KevFin Collection or the Rock River area.