South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic Celebrates the Military Service Men & Women

This summer on July 25th and 26, The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic is celebrating the Freedom of The Forties by offering all active and retired military service men and women $10 tickets (online only) to the 7th annual show at The Tahoe Keys Marina. All WWII veterans will receive FREE entry to the show!

Military tickets will be available at the show for $15. Limit 1 per person. Standard forms of Military ID will be required at check in.

Tickets provide access to the docks both Friday, July 25th from noon to 5pm and Saturday, July 26th from 9am to 5pm.

General public early bird ticket prices start at $15 and will be $22 at the show. Children under 12 are free.



Right now, show tickets are only $15 for both Friday and Saturday. Online ticket prices will increase May 1st.

You may also purchase tickets to one of our member events which include the Friday night "On The Docks" event, the Gasby Dinner at the Pope Estate and the Awards Presentation Sunday at Sugar Pine State Park. Details and all new themes of these events to come.

REGISTER YOUR BOAT, just click on the Boat Registration link. You may just simply register your boat or you can become a show sponsor with some very unique perks to ensure you enjoy everything this spectacular show has to offer. Your sponsorship will benefit the Antique & Classic Boat Society which donates the show's proceeds to a variety of Lake Tahoe marine based non-profit organizations. Early Bird registrations will receive a our commemorative Freedom of the 40s Poster!



This summer, The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic celebrates the history and stories behind the pre-war AND post-war runabouts of the 1940s. World II brought among the most significant changes in runabout boats from material, color, design and construction techniques.

Ever wonder why you won’t find a 1943 Chris Craft, Century or GarWood? Well, they were hard at work putting their considerable talents and materials to good use to ensure our Freedom of the Forties.

1941 was a banner year for the pleasure boat industry. They put out numerous models, large and small, cruisers to small utilities to “gentleman’s race boats”. The 1942 model year, like the automotive world, started in the fall of the previous year. Even though America was gearing up for war to assist our allies, the economy was returning from the depression and people were ordering their 1942 boats.

The December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor took the US into WWII in a big way. All of the boat builders finished up their small amount of 1942 boats and shifted to war production. Thousands of boats of all kinds, shapes and purposes were built through the wars years from January of 1942 into the end the war in 1945.

1945 saw our men and women coming home from the far reaches of the embattled world. Business in North America started to return to normal and focused on our creature comforts and family activities again. While many companies closed during the war, Chris Craft and others came back strong. The first couple of years were difficult as many of the needed boat building materials were not readily available. Good mahogany was is short supply. Several of the models of boats were made of other materials and often painted instead of stained and varnished.

Our poster cover girl is such an example. She is a 1948 Chris Craft 19’ Racing Runabout built in the fall of 1947. She is built of spruce plywood, covered with canvas and painted. Her transom is the only part of the boat to be built from varnished mahogany.

The 7th annual STWBC will shocase this transition with 85+ of the world's rarest boats on the shores of the Tahoe Keys Marina. Nothing can duplicate the atmosphere of these magificent machines resting on the Tahoe Blue waters along side music, wine, beer, food and vendors. Our show will also honor those that have served the US through time and the men and women that gave us the Freedom of the Forties.

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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. 5pm - "On The Docks" - Fresh Ketch, Tahoe Keys Marina
Sat. 6pm - "An Evening in the South Pacific" - The Pope Estate
Sun. 11am - "The Awards Picnic" - Sugar Pine Point State Park
748 South Meadows Pky. Reno, NV 89521 Suite A9 #275. 775.997.9444 info@liquidblueevents.com
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