The Old School Raceboat Reunion saw a significant turnout of 40 to 50 vintage race and pleasure boats dating back to the late 1970s. The creator of the reunion, Chip Miller, made his appearance in his Magnum Marine V-bottom! Attendees enjoyed the event and rode down the river in amazing luxury boats. Continue reading below to learn more about this Old School Raceboat Reunion.
The owner of American Custom Marine, a full-service Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats dealer based in Kimball, Mich., Michael Knoblock had something rare on his hands this weekend—free time. Knoblock is happiest when he’s on the water, so he called Brad and Katie DiMaggio of Scrapyard Media and a few other friends and headed to yesterday’s Old School Raceboat Reunion based out of Miller Marina in St. Clair Shores, Mich., in a new Nor-Tech 400SS center console powered by four Mercury Racing 500R outboard engines.
Though the final count is not in, the event attracted 40 to 50 vintage raceboats and pleasure boats dating back to the late 1970s.
“I have been to this event a few times over the years, and I think they had more people than ever this year,” Knoblock said. “We had a good ride down in the boat, and Dave Burgess (Knoblock’s next door neighbor) took his Cigarette 41 Nighthawk and did the run with us. We ended up with like 15 people in our group.”
Miller Marina owner Chip Miller started the event 10-plus years ago. His friend Mark Olewin, who is 69 years old and has been battling cancer, inspired him to help get it going out of his facility.
“Mark knows more about the history of offshore racing than anyone I know,” said Miller, who enjoyed the day in his 27-foot, 1981 model-year Magnum V-bottom repowered with a pair of fuel-injected, 475-hp small-block engines built by Frank McComas. “He actually found my father’s old raceboat in Canada.”