August 17, 2013
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It might seem unlikely that you’d schedule a ‘hot boat’ meet-up in the dead of winter, but if you live around Needles, California where historic Route 66 runs, it makes perfect sense.  That stretch of Colorado River just north of the I-40 bridge has become a haven for fast boats, and among them the most outrageous is the Needles K-Racing Boat Association, a group of over-the-top flatbottom owners in love with boats of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The leader of the pack seems to be Billy B from Krazy Kolors who persuaded the Needles Chamber of Commerce to help organize a hot boat and classic car show in mid-February.  The event has turned into an annual gathering and grown to include a downtown parade, golf tournament, barbecue, and of course the 2-day Show and Shine at Jack Smith Park.

Besides over 100 boats on trailers, many of the restored beauties actually get wet and lay-down a couple of hot laps much to the enjoyment of the large crowd of spectators.  If you’re looking for a little winter get-away, you might just want to put this on your calendar — the third weekend in February.

More details are available at the Needles Chamber of Commerce website

Updated: August 17, 2013 at 1:18 am