Cars, Boats, Campers & Toys
Jon Borlin' s Automobiles Through the Years
1978 VW rabbit
Jon's first car was given by his dad in 1987. The car would also be "handed-down" to Scott once he turned 16.
1982 Toyota Corolla
Jon's college car until it was rear-ended at a park in Warrensburg in 1992 during a rain storm and was totaled.
1985 Pontiac Sunbird
Jon purchased after Corolla and used through the rest of college making many cross-state trips
1995 Pontiac sunfire gt
Jon's first fully financed car after getting job at TWA. Drove car over 100K miles. Eventually cost too much to maintain / fix after 12 years
2007 Pontiac Vibe
Workhorse car through the millennium as Jon commuted from home to downtown STL for work. Handed down to Maxx as his first car in 2018
2015 chevy camero
Jon's "mid-life-crisis" purchase from Carvana. 323HP V6 convertible was a lot of fun, just not during the winter.
2002 Buick Rendezvous
Jon and Vicki's first "family" vehicle. Both Maxx and Tobi's first rides
2011 Dodge durago
With a new camper and boat, we needed something big to tow with. Was rear-ended by a texting driver and was totaled on way to Gulf Shores in 2016.
2015 Dodge Durago
The 2nd Durango ordered from Carvana that was delivered to the house. Slightly different color and package from 2011.
1998 Jayco camper
Big enough for Jon, Vicki and the kids and small enough to fit in the garage. Lots of weekends of camping here.
1995 pontiac Sunfire
Vicki's car during the 90s
1992 gm GEo Tracker
Bought before Vicki moved to Harrisonville, MO
1984 oldsmobile cutlass supreme
Vicki's college car
1972 oldsmobile Wagon
This 9 passenger wagon had all the options for a growing Borlin Family in the mid 70s
1984 Buick Wagon
The family "truckster" including the rear-facing third row seat.
Eising Family Automobiles
1989 oldsmobile Cutllass supreme
1993 Buick La Sabre
1973 Buick Malibu
Owned by John Bernard Eising and sold to John Eising Jr.
1967 Volkswagon Bug
Shari (Eising) Borlin's car
1968 Dodge Dart
1964 Chevy Biscayne
John Eising Jr's first car at 15 years old. 283 motor - 4 speed on the floor. Approx. '73 to '75.
1965 Oldsmobile Olds 99
1935 Plymoth Rumble Seat coope
1939 studebaker champion
1932 Ford coupe
Wilys MB Jeep
John Norbort Eising during World War 2 deployment drove many different trucks, jeeps and support vehicles.
Van Meter / Shields Family Automobiles
1957 Chevrolet convertible
Judi Van Meter's white with red trim car
1958 Chevy impala
Judi Van Meter's white car
1953 Chevy bel air
Judi Van Meter's yellow with white trim car
1969 chevrolet Nova
Lori's 1969 Nova
Vicki's first car was also her parents. She even took her driver's test with it.
Starcraft pop-up camper
The Van Meter family in the mid to late 70s went camping with this pop-up Starcraft.
Wes's dog house
1979 Dodge Cruise Air "Georgieboy" 32' 3217 Motorhome. Wes and Betty drove this RV everywhere. It was a real treat to get a ride inside this as a kid in the 80s.
Borlin Family Boats and Experiences on the Water
1975 - First boat
Barley able to walk, Jon and Scott Borlin get their first experience on a boat
1975 Datson pickup
The Kaysar canoe loaded into Uncle Jim's 1975 Datson pickup. Borlin boys ready.
1976 - first time on water
Uncle John and Uncle Jim take Jon and Scott for their first of many boat rides
Ebbtide Mystique 2300
Scott & Kerri's 3rd boat. 12 Passenger, Mercruiser 496.
Kawasiki Personal Watercraft
Jeff and Amy's water rocket. Could reach speeds of 60MPH on the water.
piece of cake 3
Ebbtide Mystique 2300
piece of cake 2
1989 Vision VIP 1700 boat. Destroyed during 2013 Washington IL Tornado.
piece of cake
1972 Sea Sprite Tri-Hull, Johnson 135. This was Craig and Sherry's old boat that Scott and Kerrie fixed up just after college.
shelbyville's Float'n turd
Shelbyville 2010 - The family rented this monster pontoon "party barge" complete picnic tables, BBQ grills and outhouse. It was christened the "floating turd" thus the outhouse's lack of a storage tank.
camper vs tornado
The 2013 Washington IL tornado hit the Schertz farm. Scott and Kerri's 30 foot camper was found in a field 100s of feet away completely destroyed (see house in background where it was parked). Only the twisted frame was recovered, The insurance company was very confused.
boats vs tornado
Not only was the camper totaled, three boats being stored inside the barn were destroyed including Scott and Kerri's Piece of Cake 2 and Craig's fishing boat. As you can see, the barn is gone and the boats were shredded by the high winds and blowing debris.
Scuba Diving Liveaboard Ships and Dive Sites
Mermet Springs is an 8.5 acre spring-fed quarry located deep in Southern Illinois. With crystal-clear water, 100-foot deep underwater cliffs, sunken wrecks and schools of colored, pre-historic looking fish. Mermet Springs is not just another lake in Southern Illinois...it is a "First-Class Diving" site.
Owner Glen Faith, his family and many dedicated volunteers have made this dive site one of the best mid-western scuba experiences in Illinois if not the entire country.