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Hey, Spike! rolls out red carpet for classic boat show

Miles F. Porter IV
Special to the Daily
Jim Bull's 'Connie J' gets ready for the show.
Miles F. Porter IV / Special to the Daily |

One of Hey, Spike!’s favorite events is today — the annual Rendezvous on the Rockies classic wooden boat show at Frisco Bay Marina.

The show is staged by Wonderful Woodies’ restorer Wayne Spaulding of The Uptown on Main restaurant along with the Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter of the international Antique and Classic Boating Society, followed by a boat parade and spin around Lake Dillon.

Gleaming chrome-adorned hand-built mahogany vintage speedboats and cabin cruisers will be present, representing name brands like Chris Craft, Century, Garwood and Hacker Craft, in a dockside line-up from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Admission is free.

Among the captains aboard will be Jeff Dwight, Mike Vannier, Vickie and Mike Rutkowski, Mike Novick, Jerry Ross, Gene Schiferl, Jim and Connie Bull, and Wayne and Cindy Spaulding.

Also attending — again — will be Chris Ann (Smith) Braaf and husband Bob, who live in Tabernash. She is a descendant of the Chris Smith family, founders of Chris Craft.

Avid bicyclist Don Whitney, 67, of Copper Mountain and Florida, continues making improvement in Denver following a very serious crash while riding in the Aug. 5 Copper Triangle.

Participating in his third Triangle, which challenges cyclists with climbs over Fremont, Tennessee and Vail passes, 78 miles’ worth, Don crashed while descending a short distance from Copper.

His wife, Jan, a painter featured this summer in a Mountain Art Festival story by Spike!, was waiting for him at the finish line. Don had texted her that he was close, so Jan walked over to photograph him.

Don never showed up after six hours in his Giant bike saddle. What happened is a mystery because there were no witnesses to the mishap. Fellow riders found him and called 911.

“I waited two hours and he never appeared,” Jan says. “I knew something was wrong. I called his cell and texted; no answer. I asked the promoters if they knew anything and they said they did not. I ran to my condo, called St. Anthony’s in Frisco and asked if anyone by his name was admitted. They said yes and told me they were helicoptering Don to the Lakewood St. Anthony’s. I got in my car and raced to Frisco, where I was able to see him on the tarmac just as they were loading him on the helicopter. It was a terrifying moment for me, to say nothing about for him.”

Don loves this event and the promoters and volunteers are all wonderful people. He trains for it in winter out of state and trains in summer at Copper, riding mountain and road bikes. He has ridden down Vail Pass over 100 times — if not more — in the past three years, Jan reports.

Don sustained head injury, trauma, five fractured ribs, a fractured clavicle, open wounds, severe road rash, a broken nose, shattered cheek bone, damaged right orbital and some right lung issues. Yes, he was wearing a helmet.

“He is improving daily and we are very grateful to all,” says Jan, also reporting that Don moved to rehab this week.

“The Copper Triangle staff has been very helpful and we appreciate them so much and the entire medical team from the accident to Frisco St. Anthony’s to Lakewood St. Anthony’s have been fantastic,” she adds. “I can’t thank everyone enough who has helped us.”

Jan asks that if anyone has more information to pass it to Hey, Spike!. She would like to know who found him and called for help.

In some personal news, Spike! wishes his wonderful mother-in-law, Martha Rasmussen Staby, a happy 100th birthday. Spike! and Miss Mary were in Loveland along with other family members to celebrate the event with a party that drew nearly a hundred well-wishers. In an independent living condo at Good Samaritan Village, Martha is doing very well for someone to mark a century on Aug. 31.

Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com.

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