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Whee! A Ride (and Crash) With Elvis : July 8, 1960

Elvis Presley and several friends took a spin around McKellar Lake in his new boat Friday July 8, 1960.

Elvis purchased the 16-foot powder blue speedboat the night before.

Elvis said he had first become interested in boating while in California.

Asked if he planned to ski, he said: 'Not today. Don't want to make an idiot of myself'.

Elvis Presley and several friends took a spin around McKellar Lake in his new boat Friday July 8, 1960.

July 8, Elvis takes a spin around McKellar Lake in his new $2000 16-foot boat to water ski boat.

Elvis Presley and several friends took a spin around McKellar Lake in his new boat Friday July 8, 1960.

Elvis Presley has me 'All shook Up'. The next time he invites me to take a spin around McKellar Lake, I'm going to take out travel insurance first. Elvis bought himself a new $2000 16-foot boat to water ski with.

He and four chums were trying it out yester-day afternoon when yours truly arrived on the scene. 

An Invitation

'Want to take a ride?' Elvis said to me. (I should have known better, because he had just said: 'This is the first time I ever drove a boat.')

Well, sir, let me tell you – Elvis is a good driver. He just hasn't learned how to stop yet.

With Elvis at the wheel, we roared off. The nose of the boat lifted high out of the water.

We passed several other boats. 'Hey, that was Elvis.' A girl shouted.

Clocked at 38 Par

Another boat pulled alongside, clocked Elvis at 38 mph. Not bad, but nothing like his Cadillacs.

We banked and Elvis headed the blue and white speedster back toward the Marina.

Your reporter's hand clutched a life preserver as Elvis began playfully zig-zagging the boat.

Then the Marina loomed up ahead. Elvis cut the motor and reached for the reverse shift to break the impact.

He couldn't get it into reverse. Then – WHAM.

Dock Survives

'Well, that's one way of stopping it,' Elvis said. We scrambled out of the boat. The dock wasn't damaged, but a mooring ring on Elvis' new boat was smashed. I thanked Elvis for the ride, put my pencil and pad away and left. I don't mind covering the waterfront but I will stay ashore next time.

Presley's New Boat Inspected -- 'I Want it Safe', He Tells Phillips

Elvis Presley wasted no time in taking his brand new speed boat to Jack Phillips, waterfront safety director at McKellar Lake for a courtesy safe inspection.

'Look at my boat,' Elvis said from beneath his new black yachting cap. 'I want a safe boat. Tell me what I need.'

Elvis was the last person to have a boat inspected during National Boat Safety Week, which ended Saturday. Phillips said that the inspection will continue at the lake's ramp, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

July 8, Elvis takes a spin around McKellar Lake in his new $2000 16-foot boat to water ski boat.

The courtesy examination sticker is put on boats meeting seven requirements.

 1. A safely constructed boat.

2. Proper lighting – red and green lights up front and bright white light in the rear of the boat.

3. Coast Guard approved life preservers for every person in the boat.

(Elvis has nine preservers – more than enough).

4. Three railroad-type red flares.

5. One or more paddles.

6. An anchor, preferably metal, and strong line, preferably 100 feet long or more.

7. A pump or bailer, such as a large bucket.

Memphis Press Scimitar, July 11, 1960

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis on Holiday : Water Skiing : July, 1955 & 1956

January 1960

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Leave of absence request : January 2, 1960

March

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley 1960 : Sergeant Presley Preparing To Go Home
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley March 1, 1960 : Sergeant Presley Preparing To Go Home
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu during their final moments in Germany: March 2, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley In Scotland : March 3, 1960 : Prestwick Airport in Scotland
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley at Fort Dix : March 3, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley being discharged from the Army : March 5, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Sergeant Elvis Presley Back in the USA : March 3, 5, 6 and 7, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Press Conference at Graceland : March 7, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos 'Holiday On Ice Company' Visiting at Elvis Home March 12 and 13, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Rainbow Rollerdrome : March 19, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Nashville : March 20-21, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis at the rear of a train enroute to Miami : March 21, 1960 New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Miami : Hotelroom : March 22, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Sheila Riddell : March 24, 1960 Fontainebleau Hotel
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : 'The Frank Sinatra Timex Special' : March 1960 New page link

April

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Fort Worth, Tx Train Station, April 19, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : On the Train and arriving in Los Angeles California, April 20, 1960 to film G.I. Blues

June

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley with Princesses Margrethe of Denmark, Astrid of Norway, and Margaretha of Sweden

July

Elvis Presley Photos Boating at McKellar Lake : July 8, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Rollin' in the rocket : Elvis Presley & Anita Wood July 11, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos It's Now Or Never / A Messof Blues : Pick Of The Week : July 16, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Photos and Video : Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and George Burns : July 26, 1960 Elvis Presley Video

August

Elvis Presley Photos Letter to Colonel Parker from actor George Burns

September

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley and Juliet Prowse : September 12, 1960

October

Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : October 24, 1960 : Arkansas State College and the Man of the Year Award New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Hospital, Memphis : October 16, 1960
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : Fairgrounds Amusement Park Memphis : October 26, 1960

The Movies Of 1960

Elvis Presleys Movies 1960, GI Blues, Paramount
Elvis Presleys Movies 1960, Flaming Star, Twentieth Century Fox
Elvis Presleys Movies 1961, Wild In The Country, Twentieth Century Fox

The Movies In Photos

Elvis Presley Photos The G.I. Blues Recording Sessions : April 1960 New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley on the set of G.I. Blues : Paramount 1960
New page link
Elvis Presley Photos Elvis Presley : The G.I. Blues : Publicity Photo Sessions
New page link
Photos Flaming Star New page link
Photos Wild In The Country New page link

DVDs : Movies

DVD G.I. Blues
DVD Flaming Star

CDs

CD Elvis Is Back! 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD G.I. Blues 2 CD FTD Special Edition [Volume 1]
CD His Hand In Mine 2 CD FTD Special Edition
CD Cafe Europa : The Complete G.I. Blues Sessions 4 CD Deluxe Set

Books

Book Welcome Home Elvis [FTD Release with CD]
Book From Memphis To Hollywood Hardcover Book
Book The Elvis Files Vol. 3 1960-1964 : Hardcover Book
Book Elvis Portraits

Elvis Presley Photos

Elvis Presley Photos

Elvis Presley Video Video Preview: Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet. Never before have we seen an Elvis concert from the 50's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered Unreleased Film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don’t Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. This is an excellent release no fan should be without it. The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people.

We love Elvis Presley !!!!!!!! : So ... Stop, look and listen baby that's our philosophy ... First thing in the morning, last thing at night ... look, stare everywhere and see everything inside ... Stop, look and listen!

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