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.

Show Hours

Feb. 19 - 28, 2021

Fri. 19     1p – 8p

Sat. 20     10a – 8p

Sun. 21     10a – 5p

Mon. – Thurs. 22-25    12p – 7p

Fri. 26    12p – 8p

Sat. 27     10a – 8p

Sun. 28     10a – 5p

Here’s What Happened at the 2020 Show…
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Mid-Show Ticket Special:

Save $4 off box office price Adult Admission for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday when you purchase tickets online!

Are your weekends crammed full of things to do? Do you want to attend the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show but not sure when to go? Let us help you out with that.

You can buy tickets online to use only on Monday Feb. 17, Tuesday Feb. 18 & Wednesday Feb. 19. When you purchase your adult admission ticket online, you can save $4 off the box office price per adult ticket! That’s just $11 per adult admission ticket!

So grab some friends, head to the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and come enjoy the show! The show is less crowded on the week days. It’s a great time to go and spend some quality time with your favorite Exhibitors! Tell everyone you know!

— This special ticket price is only good for tickets purchased ONLINE – no discount tickets will be sold at the box office!
— AND, the Mid-Show Specials tickets may only be redeemed on Monday Feb. 17, Tuesday Feb. 18 & Wednesday Feb. 19. They will NOT scan any other days of the show.

Grand Prize Drawing

At kiosks and on signage throughout the show, visitors can enter to win the Grand Prize Package! Either scan the QR code and complete the form or fill out a ballot at the kiosk. It’s that simple!

Trip for 2 Rafting Prize Package

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  • 2 Passes for a Rafting Trip on either the Upper or Lower New Gorge River – Your Choice!
  • You can choose when to take your trip!
  • Rafting trip includes all necessary gear
  • A guide will be along to help navigate
  • Winner receives a 2-night stay in one of the Sportsman Cabins
    • 24×16 ft cabins are equipped with the basic amenities
    • Full bathroom with shower
    • Air conditioning and heat
    • Cable TV
    • Wi-fi
    • Microwave
    • Refrigerator
    • Coffee maker
    • Covered porch
    • Picnic table and fire ring
    • Bed linens and towels included
  • Winner’s certificate includes all trip details

One entrant chosen at random after the show. No purchase necessary. Only one entry per person. Renfro Productions, owners of the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show value your privacy. Your email will NOT be shared with any outside party; it is strictly for use by Renfro Productions and their sponsors. Your participation in this drawing will add your name into our attendee list and will be used to communicate special show announcements and exhibitor specials. As always, you may unsubscribe at any time.

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Group Sales:

2020 Ford 66th Annual Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show; 29th Annual Indiana Motorcycle & Powersports Expo; and the 23rd Annual Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo.


$12.00 for Adult (ages 13 and above)

$9.00 for Child (ages 6-12)

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 cgeyer@renfroproductions.com to place your order.

Orders must be received by February 1, 2020.

Boats, Docks, Lifts & Water Ski Accessories

Lakeside & Outdoor Living

Travel & Tourism

Tackle Town, Boat Accessories & Repair

Boats & RV's Extension

Recreational Vehicles


Indiana Motorcycle & Powersports Expo - Feb. 14 – 16, 2020

Indiana Deer, Turkey & Waterfowl Expo - Feb. 20 – 23, 2020


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