Our domain name aomci.org was donated by Alison Kiellar in honor of Kenneth Kiellar.
Dedicated to the Preservation and Restoration of Antique Outboards
In 1866, the first outboard device was patented. Since that time, over 160 manufacturers have entered the industry - few remain. Names like Caille, Waterman, Walnut, Lockwood, Motorgo, Columbian, Gray and Ferro are all forgotten except at AOMCI:
ABOUT THE CLUB
Outboard motors have been manufactured for over 100 years. Therefore, it is no surprise that a number of people should become interested in collecting antique outboards. The interest became so widespread that by 1960, antique outboard collectors began to correspond with one another. In October 1965, five collectors planned and organized "The Antique Outboard Motor Club". In January of 1966, the first issue of "The Antique Outboarder" was printed. Thirty copies were mailed to members. By October of 1966, membership had increased to more than 200 people in several countries. Our growth continues with membership now in the area of 3,000 dedicated members from (currently) 14 countries.
A number of antique outboarders are "old-timers" who are motor and boating enthusiasts of long standing, or who have been involved in the manufacture of outboards. Other members just collect old outboards - a few members owning several hundred! Collecting is fun and exciting; some of these outboards are 5-cylinder, radial engine, tractor lower units, underwater engine, air drive units and folding motors - all typical forerunners of modern outboards.
GET A KICK OUT OF AN OLD KICKER?
You're not the only one who's interested in old outboard motors. There's lots of people - businessmen, doctors, bricklayers, dentists, mechanics and people of all ages have the opportunity of sharing the rewarding experiences offered by the non-profit Antique Outboard Motor Club, Inc. (AOMCI).
PUT SOME GAS IN YOUR HOBBY!
Your membership in AOMCI will provide you with a rich mixture of personal associations and accomplishments. You'll meet interesting new people while following leads provided by the Club to add motors to your collection; make new friends by joining a chapter of the Club in your area or by corresponding with other members and realize a great deal of satisfaction and pride from participating in displays, shows and Club Meets.
TIE A ROPE AROUND IT!
Get started by advancing your spark of interest and join AOMCI. You'll get a new and broader perspective or what fun and enjoyment a well-rounded hobby can bring. Antique outboarding offers a more personal and meaningful thrill than that found in modern boating.
MAKE IT GO!
You'll be able to take a battered and worn, grease covered old engine and enjoy the fun and satisfaction one gets from putting life into an old motor and letting it "show its stuff" to those curious watchers on the shore.
Suddenly those hard to find motors, parts, owner's manuals and instruction books are available to you through the Club resources. Antique engine parts are still to be found in most parts of the country - if you know where to find them.
YOU'LL BE OFF AND RUNNING!
As a member of AOMCI you will receive a membership card, use of the extensive Club library, the most recent copy of the Club magazine, the Newsletter and the opportunity to register your motors as antiques.
Registration not only helps locate lost or stolen motors, it also enables members to contact others who have a motor similar to their own.
You can participate in both indoor and outdoor Club Meets run engines and talk shop with friends having the same interests as yours. High points of the Club's activities are the annual water rallies held at different times in several sections of the country. These Meets give members a chance to show off their motors, swap parts, exchange information and learn more about antique outboarding. Prizes are offered for, among others, "The Fastest Motor of its Class", the "Oldest Motor" and "The Best Restored". Spectator interest is terrific.
In most parts of the USA, members live close enough to one another so that regular local chapter meetings are held during which - you guessed it - they can discuss and "play with" old outboards.
You can talk with or correspond with others having the same kind of engines or the same favorite topics you do by belonging to one of the many "Special Interest Groups" offered by the Club. Different engine makes, history, racing, unusual motors are just a few of the unique groups you might wish to be a part of.
You'll get full bore coverage on all outboarding subjects in the quarterly Club magazine "The Antique Outboarder" - history, restoration, technical reports, antique outboard racing, special features, chapter news and a classified advertising section where members can buy, sell or trade motors, parts and literature.
Special attention is given to helping members restore their motors and to reporting Club and member activities. All material is written by Club members who are encouraged to contribute items of interest.
You'll get the monthly Club Newsletter with all the latest information on Club and member activities as well as tips, leads on where to find motors and new ideas.
And, of course, there is this website. In addition to the public site, we maintain a very active Members Only section (the "Inner Sanctum") which contains an ever growing reference library to help you maintain and restore that favorite piece; hundreds and hundreds of pictures of the big meets; a very active Members discussion board that is open to all members to speak their piece, ask and answer other Member's questions, have a little fun, etc.; a private chat-room for members to communicate in real time; and several other interesting, educational and fun features.
Special publications on subjects such as parts sources, motor restoration, ignition systems, gas tank restoration and others are made available from time to time through periodic mailings to members.
It's up to you to pull that first starter rope and join The Antique Outboard Motor Club.
Don't miss another day of fun and enjoyment!
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