Outboard Motor History on Display

One of the great aspects of the Ford 65th Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show is that folks can see the latest, most innovative and up-to-date gear for outdoor lovers. Our Show is again proud to add a special educational element to the event. Jay Walls and Rick Eichrodt will display their Antique Outboard Motors and Boats, a treat for anyone wishing to see how far the outboard motor industry has come.

For Jay Walls, a native of Brownsburg, Indiana, collecting antique outboard motors started more than 50 years ago in 1966 when he was just five years old. Jay’s father owned a local lawn mower shop and bought a Jon boat – looking for a motor to power it. Someone brought two old motors into the shop which his dad ended up buying. His father gave him a scrub brush and a pan, and instructed him to clean the parts – starting what is now three generations of antique outboard motor enthusiasts. Jay’s son has taken up the hobby too!

As a lifelong outdoor and water sports enthusiast, Indianapolis native Rick Eichrodt spent his years growing up on the northern lakes in Indiana. He went into the marine business in the 1970’s. For him, growing up around water and boating naturally led to an interest in the history of antique outboard motors. “It is fascinating to discover how many actual outboard manufacturing companies have come and gone since Cameron Waterman introduced the first gas powered outboard in 1906,” said Rick.  Like Jay, Rick’s father started him working on motors, and Rick introduced his son to the hobby also.

Jay and Rick’s display has more than 70 motors – several over 100 years old, and a few factory racing models from the great HP race in the 1930’s. They are both local members of the Antique Outboard Motor Club. It is an International organization providing a means of communication for those interested in research and an exchange of knowledge about the history and preservation of antique outboard boat motors. During show hours, knowledgeable club members who can answer questions about motors or the hobby will staff the antique outboard display booth. Come see this blast from the past at the Ford 65th Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show.

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Show Hours

Jan. 19-21 & 24-28, 2024

Fri. 19  –  5-9pm

Sat. 20  –  10am-9pm

Sun. 21  –  10am-5pm

Mon. 22  –  CLOSED

Tues. 23  –  CLOSED

Wed. 24  –  3-9pm

Thurs. 25  –  3-9pm

Fri. 26  –  3-9pm

Sat. 27  –  10am-9pm

Sun. 28  –  10am-5pm

Grand Prize Drawing

At kiosks throughout the show, visitors can enter to win the Grand Prize Package! Simply complete the entry form and pop it in the box at the kiosk. It’s that simple!

Sarah Fitzstephens Won Our Grand Prize – a Houseboat Vacation courtesy of Patoka Lake Marina!


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Don’t forget that you must order at least 15 tickets! Orders for less than 15 tickets will not be processed.

Please contact Candice Geyer at 765-400-5006 to place your order.

Orders must be received by January 6, 2025.

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