Old School Outboard Motors To Rev Up Schroon

Photo: Schroon Laker Collection

Photo: Schroon Laker Collection

It’s gonna be a busy day at the Town Park on Sunday, September 17  – with not only the 1 Eye Classic Bike Ride and Picnic, but also the 11th annual Mohawk Hudson Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club show and swap meet.

Outboard motor enthusiasts-- from as far away as Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Vermont -- are expected for the event, according to the organizers.

The Antique Outboard Motor Club event is billed as a “wet event” – that’s boaters and their motors in the water.

From humble beginnings 11-years ago, when the event attracted around 30 outboard motor heads, organizers of this year’s meet are optimistic the event could attract around 100 people.

The timing of the swap meet and show, just after Labor Day, is good for boat enthusiasts to launch their vessels on an un-crowded lake. In recent years, the event has attracted enthusiasts who have launched very zippy hydroplane boats, with modified 10 horsepower engines that can hit speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

Organizers said the Club has enjoyed a good relationship with the town, and a side benefit to Schroon was bringing tourist dollars in an off-peak time, especially from folks traveling from afar “who need accommodations and places to eat.”

The event kicks off at 9 am Sunday, but Glenn expects some early birds well before that, who are there to scout out the bargains.  For more information, contact Michael Glenn at 518-505-3558.

Where and When. Sunday, September 18. Town Boat Launch and nearby area in the Town Park 9 am- 2 pm.