Making Waves at Mecum: Vintage Race Boats from the Michael Taggart Collection

Making Waves at Mecum: Vintage Race Boats from the Michael Taggart Collection

1982 PONTIAC 18' TOM D'EATH
Formerly Owned by Doug Felster
Engine 151 CI
Color Red/White

Set two world records
Won four American Power Boat Association nationals
Formerly owned and piloted by Doug Felster
Tom D'eath designed hull
Engine built by Mike Nabor
151 CI Iron Duke Super Duty 4-cylinder Pontiac Fiero-based engine
Runs on methanol
Sprint-style fuel injection
Wood and fiberglass construction
18 feet long with a 9-foot beam
Red and white exterior
Custom trailer included

Michael Taggart has long held a passion for vintage cruising, though his particular style is a bit different from the prototypical Mecum Auctions’ customer. Taggart prefers to fulfill his need for speed on the water, and preferably in something made primarily of wood.

With about 25 years spent building this collection of vintage race boats, Taggart assembled an awe-inspiring group of more than 20 fine examples, ranging in size from 12 to 20 feet and dating back as far as 1929. Taggart stored his fleet in a 120-foot-long pole barn on Higgins Lake in Michigan, where Eb Wickes spent more than 15 years caring for the boats as the collection curator, boatwright and mechanic.

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