Page 1 of 2

Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:35 pm
by rick
As requested by several SA members, we've added a new area for old airboat stories, pics, history, etc.. Ain't much there yet, but it's called "Airboating Historical Archives" in the forum list.

I figured it'd be a good place for this old airboat magazine that was provided by Paul Dixon (Airboats Unlimited) The whole magazine can be read here: http://southernairboat.com/pdf/5-74-magazine.pdf...or by clicking the image


Image

Rick

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 8:37 pm
by CJB0470
This is a great idea looking forward to it!!!

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 8:43 pm
by Brotherbob
Oh man I gotta find my Uncle James 500+ mile trip down the Brazos river article and pics! Great Idea Rick!
BB

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 9:18 pm
by captain chad
Sorry to report the man on the cover just past away.

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 9:25 pm
by nomad41
Rick, I have some old magazines that I will loan you if you want to scan and put here.
I have US Airboat the whole year 1997 issues 57 through 61 and Airboat World year 2004 except June ,July and August. 2005 April and July. 2006 June and July. I can ship to you and you can ship back to me when your done.
Bob

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 9:53 pm
by ptillman
I really enjoyed that. I am new to airboats( The last 4 yrs) but have grown up in Florida.

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 10:05 pm
by rick
captain chad wrote:Sorry to report the man on the cover just past away.
Sorry to hear that Chad. I just looked up the thread you posted back in January...I must've missed it.

Nomad, sounds good...except I need to learn more about copyright stuff first.

Gladesman gets credit for the idea.

Rick

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 10:10 pm
by Waggs
Check out in the first paragraph where the racers meeting was held. I guess things have changed in the last 40 yrs.

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 10:20 pm
by captain chad
Thanks Rick. It was great to see his picture on the head of this thread.

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 9:22 am
by yobee
Waggs wrote:Check out in the first paragraph where the racers meeting was held. I guess things have changed in the last 40 yrs.
The car motor boaters still meet there Lmao

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:01 am
by Waggs
yobee wrote:
Waggs wrote:Check out in the first paragraph where the racers meeting was held. I guess things have changed in the last 40 yrs.
The car motor boaters still meet there Lmao
Hahahahaha!!!!

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 10:05 am
by digginfool
Seeing this magazine reminds me of the airboat races that were held for a few years along the Melbourne Causeway in the early to mid '70s. Having just arrived from Michigan, these were amazing machines to us. One boat in particular still sticks in my mind. If I remember right, it was yellow with a 720 in it. Wasn't the fastest out there but it sure sounded great. How many of you remember those races?

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 7:04 am
by gyrocopter582
I grew up in Satellite Beach, but missed the airboat races on the causeway.
I do remember some small hydroplanes racing alongside the road.
I also remember both causeways were lined with Australian pine trees.
I think It looked better with the trees, and you could park under them.
This vintage magazine section is a great idea!

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 8:03 am
by digginfool
I grew up on the Indian River in Indialantic. I remember the little hydros as well; three point with a small outboard on the back but man did they fly! The airboat thing only happened for a few years; I would have to guess around '73 to '75. They would run to the south on the Indialantic side, parallel to the causeway. I remember there were concrete picnic tables in the middle of the pines. It was a great place to park and wax your car (once I was old enough to have one). The other thing I remember is how good the sheepshead fishing was. My nephews tell me you can't find a sheepshead around there any more.

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:35 pm
by gyrocopter582
Remember 'Spider Island' west of Sea Park?
There was a concrete bridge that went across the 'Grand Canal' over to a fenced area with
electrical transformers inside. We used to ride our mini bikes on that island, all the way to Pineda Causway, which was under construction. We caught fiddler crabs for bait and fished all day, havin
A ball on that island. We just had to be home in time for dinner.

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:39 pm
by Skeeter-Gee
i have an old newspaper article my grandparents saved from the governkrs cup along the causway. leeroy rotgers and harold rucka (spelling ?) .leeroy was driving an aeroglide with an 0540 . he told the story a few months ago at the bcaa meeting , its a good story

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 1:42 pm
by digginfool
We would waterski in the canal, eat lunch at Mather's or Eau Gallie Yacht Club, climb on the dragon, head to the Pines to surf and same rules; be home by dark. Those were some good days.

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 2:17 pm
by gyrocopter582
Ahh the dragon... I remember it like it was yesterday, I talked this tall skinny brunette named Susie
into going inside the dragon with me... Yeah buddy.
We used to ski the south end of the grand canal, and hang out under the pine trees.

Leroy Rotgers is in my shop most everyday at Valkaria. Heard the story a hundred times....

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 3:49 pm
by digginfool
gyrocopter582 wrote:Ahh the dragon... I remember it like it was yesterday, I talked this tall skinny brunette named Susie
into going inside the dragon with me... Yeah buddy.
I hope you don't feel like the Lone Ranger, gettin' some stink on in the dragon. :lol: 8)

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 7:51 pm
by gyrocopter582
Hey, if anyone has a picture of Leroy Rotgers in his airboat,
I would really like to see it posted on here, so I can show him.
He is a good old boy, and would love to see some old photos.
Thanks, Mike.

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 10:13 pm
by glades cat
Great idea Rick. Hopefully, history will be revisited and old air boaters will be remembered.

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 6:35 pm
by Skeeter-Gee
i have one but terrible issue with the size and uploading any suggestions currently they are on my phone

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 6:54 pm
by gyrocopter582
Hey digginfool, did you know Susie too? Hehehe...

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 8:04 pm
by Skeeter-Gee
Image

Re: Airboating May - June 1974 (old magazine)

Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 8:07 pm
by Skeeter-Gee
Sorry if the size is so big, I took the picture with my phone of the article, couldnt get my scanner to work , but the hand scribble on the article is one of my grandparents i believe. Im pretty sure it was round about 1968 or so. I am going to start another thread in the new section I will post the other article pics I have