WOLFEBORO — The New Hampshire Boat Museum presents the last of its summer lecture series with a program entitled "Race Boats Reborn." The lecture will be held on Thursday, August 22 at 7 p.m. and will be presented by vintage race boat driver, Gerry Davidson. Following the lecture there will be light refreshments. There is no charge to attend the lecture.
In this illustrated talk, Davidson will look at the history of race boating going back to the early 20th century. He will also talk about the resurgence of popularity in the sport of vintage race boating over the past twenty years. He will conclude with a discussion of how vintage race boats are restored, maintained and raced.
Davidson is the owner of the 1961 hydroplane, Roman Candle, which is a featured boat on the vintage race boat circuit. Currently Roman Candle, is on 2013 display in the New Hampshire Boat Museum's exhibit on the history of race boating on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Roman Candle will run in this year's Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta, which is organized by the New Hampshire Boat Museum. The Regatta is September 13-14 and will be held in Wolfeboro Bay at the Wolfeboro Town Docks.
Approximately 60 vintage race boats will be featured in this year's Regatta with drivers from throughout the country. Boats will demonstrate on a mile-long oval course in their various classes including Gold Cup Racers, Jersey Skiffs, small, mid and large size Hydroplanes, Outboards, and Triple Cockpits.
To learn more about the lecture visit the Museum's website at www.nhbm.org or call the Museum at 569-4554.
Gerry Davidson, owner of the race boat Roman Candle, will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of motor boat racing. (Courtesy photo)