Set in Key Largo, the Ocean Reef Club is a posh, postcard-perfect-planned community in the upper Florida Keys. With a bounty of power yachts and sailboats in private slips, it’s more than a little luxurious. And that makes it perfect for the club’s annual Vintage Weekend, which showcases spectacular classic automobiles and aircraft, that wrapped up a couple of days ago.
Classic V-bottom outshines collectible cars and aircraft in annual Florida Keys happening. Photos courtesy/copyright TNT Custom Marine.
That an impeccably restored, 31-foot Bertram raceboat built in 1966 stole the show should surprise no one. The event is held, after all, in the Florida Keys, an area rich—to say the least—in go-fast boating history. But even Miami-based TNT Custom Marine’s John Tomlinson, as big of a name as they come in the high-performance powerboating world, was impressed with the responses from the attendees he took for rides in the classic raceboat called the White Tornado.
“You take people on a 70-mph ride in this boat and people just go crazy for it,” said Tomlinson. “They think it’s the coolest thing in the world, probably because it’s really loud and windy.”
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