- Ladies and Gentlemen, You Have a Race!

The Northern California / Lake Tahoe Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society invites you to attend the 2016 South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic.  For the 9th year, our chapter will host a boat show for charity at the Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe.

Race Boats of all ages, classes and their preservation are very much in vogue in our boating world today.  We have listened to your requests and have put together a couple of nice surprises.  So let’s have fun with the race boat theme of: “Ladies and Gentlemen, You Have a Race!”

This year we are inviting race boats from any class or year of racing.  It does not matter if you have the family runabout that occasionally raced or an unlimited hydroplane, this is the place for you!  Of course we always love to see any of your classic wood or early generation fiberglass boats.  It’s your boat that adds to the yearly theme that makes our show as popular and fun as it has been. So bring them out!

Boat Racing was prominent and always looked forward to each summer on Lake Tahoe.  The Tahoe Yacht Club hosted regattas in Tahoe City, Homewood and the famous Chamber’s Landing course.  The spirit was high as there were fun classes for any boat from the Junior Outboards to the Lake Tahoe Championship.  And we must never forget the fun chaos of the “Bang and Go Back”.  In the 50s and 60s, Lake Tahoe was on the circuit of the APBA Unlimiteds.  This brought scores of fans and the unlimited hydroplanes or “Thunder Boats” as the big V-12 engined boats were called, to the shores of Tahoe. 

Some of our locals such as Stan Dollar, Morlen Visel, Henry Kaiser and the Murphy Family ran boats in these races, but their stories go back years earlier with the local TYC races.  This year we will see some boats from that era that have not been seen in decades.  The centerpiece of the show and making her debut, built from the original Dan Arena plans, is a replica of the 1939 Miss Notre Dame.   While not a Tahoe boat, she has a very historic racing pedigree and carries her original 1927 Duesenberg W-24 engine.  The original (third) Miss Notre Dame was built and driven for the 1939 racing season by a 22 year old Dan Arena for owner Herbert Mendelson and would wear the racing number G-5.  She can be seen and heard running this year at the show. 

The Miss Notre Dame history will be found in the boat show program and a 2 part story appearing in the winter and spring issues of the ACBS Western Wood publication. These and past issues can be found at:    Stay tuned to future Western Wood issues, Facebook and this boat show web site to see what other boats are being featured.

Please try our   *** Early Bird Sign-up Special ***   Register your boat before April 1st and pay $150 (regular price $170) and receive 2 additional show tickets.  See the Boat Registration tab.

Last year we moved the show dinner from Saturday to Friday night and to the Tahoe Keys Home Owners Beach and Pool area.  This was a tremendous success and all enjoyed the new venue.  We are pleased that the “Blue Water Dinner’ will again be held at this location on Friday night, July 29th at 6 P.M.  Come in your favorite racing theme attire.  See the Tickets tab.

Sunday July 31st, 11am - "Annual Chapter Picnic and Awards Ceremony" - Sugar Pine Point State Park.  Bring your boat by water or land.  Guests welcome.  See the Tickets tab.


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South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic
Fri. Noon - 5pm (Beer Village Noon - 5pm) - Tahoe Keys Marina
Sat. 9am - 5pm (Beer Village 11am - 5pm) - Tahoe Keys Marina

ACBS Member Events
Fri. 6pm - Blue Water Dinner lakeside at Tahoe Keys
Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association Beach and Pool Site

Sun. 11am - Annual Chapter Picnic & Awards presentation -Sugar Pine Point
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