Sunday, October 18, 2009
Is it a car or a boat? BOTH - Amphicars cause quite a wave
These vehicles are both cars as well as boats and to prove that they really can do double-duty, just look at them nose-to-nose powering around Lake Mirror during the weekend activities in Lakeland at the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. The Amphicar was manufactured in Berlin, Germany from 1962 to 1967. Roughly 4,500 were produced and most were imported into the US and found eager buyers. Although not a huge hit, they are loved by their current owners who maintain them and have fun showing them off to disbelieving crowds. They estimate that 500 might still be around and this weekend saw owners of several Amphicars gathering to show off their unique transportation capabilities to curious crowds.
Amphicar is the only non-military amphibious vehicles ever produced in regular production and they have held up quite well. They are able to reach speeds of of over 70mph on dry pavement and about 8 knots on water. The drivers (skippers) of these two examples and their passengers had a ball racing around kicking up waves to the delight and astonishment of the crowds lining Lake Mirror. An exquisite collection of finely crated wooden boats were the ultimate compliment to the Amphicar as you can see in the smaller photo. Click on it to see some of these wooden masterpieces on display in the water. What a diverse festival of transportation all gathered together on a postcard-perfect fall weekend in Florida.