MARCH 25, 2015
V-12 powered classics featured at Lake Tahoe's 43rd Concours d'Elegance

This summer's Lake Tahoe Concours d'Elegance will be off to a roaring start with vintage V-12 engine-powered watercraft the featured class for the 43rd annual wooden boat show. Presented by Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, the nationally-acclaimed show will be open to the public for viewing on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8, at the historic Obexer's Boat Company in Homewood, Calif., on Lake Tahoe's scenic West Shore.

Although this year's Marque Class suggests emphasis on the V-12 engines themselves, it is the boats with these thundering engines that will highlight the two-day show at one of the most remarkable settings on the lake. And Lake Tahoe can boast more V-12 engine-powered runabouts in regular use than anywhere else possibly in the world, according to Brian Robinson, TYCF's Concours researcher and judging coordinator.

"V-12 engines have been powering exotic wooden boats back to the first aero-engine marine conversions during World War I," Robinson said. "The most popular was the 1,650 cu. in. Liberty L-12 used in many WWI bi-planes."

By WWII more efficient and powerful V-12s were developed by Allison and Packard but not all V-12s were originally intended for aircraft use. According to Robinson, the popular Scripps 302, with over 300 hp, was built strictly for watercraft and widely used in pleasure boats from 1933 through 1955 when Scripps closed their doors, in part due to powerful automotive V-8 engines becoming better candidates for marine use by manufacturers like Gar Wood and Hackercraft.

Alongside entries in this unique Marque Class will be nostalgic launches to luxurious Rivas, runabouts, utilities, and award-winning racers from throughout the United States. Boat owners interested in entering this year's 43rd annual event - in any of the 13 Concours classes - are encouraged to download an application today, available on the Foundation's website at

"Being a 'Concours boat' definitely gives you bragging rights, plus the opportunity to enjoy the show and all the social events of Wooden Boat Week," said Doug Ball, Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation treasurer and this year's Concours chairman. "We invite you to join us in this year's fun at Lake Tahoe, both on and off the water."

JANUARY 5, 2015

With great pleasure Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation announces the return of the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance to the historic Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, Calif., for its 43rd annual show on August 7-8, 2015.

“Based on last year’s impressive reviews, we’re thrilled to combine the rich history and open
shoreline vistas of Obexer’s with the country’s premier wooden boat show,” Foundation Chairman, Doug Ball said. “Skeptics questioned if it could be done. As the highest
attended show to date, last year’s maritime enthusiasts answered proudly. With ingenuity,
dedicated work, and a unified team of experts, we showcased more than 70 of the most prestigious wooden boats from all over the globe in the most remarkable and intimate of settings, and the results were magnificent. We have the right team in place to ensure an even more enjoyable, if not thunderous, show for 2015.”

This year’s show will roar to life with the Marque Class featuring “Vintage V-12 - powered Watercraft.” With Lake Tahoe boasting more V-12 powered runabouts in regular use than anywhere else in the world, the 43rd annual Concours is sure to please the senses with not only rumbling power but the awe-inspiring beauty synonymous with antique wooden boats.

V-12 engines have been powering exotic wooden boats since the dawn of the high speed runabout, and race boats as far back as World War I. From the smaller marine converted Lincoln Zephyr V-12s, a mere 267 cubic inches, up to the 2,000 cubic inch monster in big runabouts and race boats with such industry-recognized names as Liberty, Wright, Curtiss, Packard, Hispano-Suiza, Lycoming, Rolls-Royce, Allison, Kermath, and Scripps installed in big runabouts and race boats - is what tickles the senses – and the hearing – of gear-heads, engineers and artisans alike!

Hold onto your hats, bring the ear plugs if you must, and step into the rustic history of Homewood on Tahoe’s beautiful West Shore for the two-day show, Friday, Aug. 7, and Saturday, Aug. 8.   You will be rewarded with historic venues, breathtaking views, truly one-of-a kind dining and shopping experiences, not to mention the largest gathering of the most powerful and pristine watercraft gathered at the Concours d’Elegance.  It will simply take your breath – and potentially more – away.

For boat entries to the show, show tickets, sponsor packets and information on ways to get
involved, visit Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation’s updated website at or contact the show’s management company, Liquid Blue Events, at 775.851.4444.



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