The 43rd Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance returns to Lake Tahoe on Aug. 7 and 8 featuring a magnificent display of woodies at Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood.
This year’s Marque Class features Vintage V-12-powered Watercraft, and the Lake Tahoe region boasts more V-12-powered runabouts in regular use than anywhere else in the world. V-12 engines have been powering exotic wooden boats since the dawn of the high-speed runabout and in race boats as far back as World War I.
Concours judges from throughout the United States will have already begun their work using the Foundation’s own nationally acclaimed 100-point system and score sheet. Their collective goal is to reward those who have restored their boats to the highest level of authenticity and standard as they appeared when they were shipped from the factory. Because multiple first-, second- and third-place awards may be won in each class, each boat is judged on its merit and only compared to other boats when selecting Perpetual awards.
Along with the two-day display of boats is a week full of social activities to complement the Concours d’Elegance. The events include the Exhibitors’ Barbecue and Awards, a gala Opening Night Dinner and Dance, Men’s Grill, Ladies’ Luncheon and Fashion Show, and Woodie Over-The-Bottom race. The race runs from Obexer’s to the Tahoe City Marina on Aug. 10 and is open to all boats with separate divisions for wooden and fiberglass boats. The week ends with Mahogany Magic on Aug. 11 featuring a slideshow and party at the Tahoe Yacht Club.
The Concours d’Elegance began in 1972 when a group of Tahoe Yacht Club members and friends got together to share their passion for wooden boats. From this modest beginning, the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance has grown to play a significant role in the wooden boat community, as well as the Lake Tahoe maritime community. Since its induction in 1994, the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation has hosted the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance focusing on the continuing growth of the show, the quality of boat exhibits, the highest of judging standards and practices, and, most importantly, sharing the passion of wooden boats between exhibitors and public.
Each year, the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation raises money for charitable donations that are exclusively focused in providing educational opportunities originating in the Lake Tahoe area that enhance expertise or understanding of maritime skills
Advance tickets to the Concours are available for $25 for one day or $35 for both days. Tickets are $5 more on the day of the event, and children 12 and younger are admitted free. Relax in the shade, get your commemorative Concours wine glass and sample a wide array of wines from the Western United States at the Wine Village open both days. Tickets are $25 and include all-day access. There are a limited number of tickets to the Wine Village available. Tickets for the Wooden Boat Week events may be purchased online.
Parking & shuttle service
An ample amount of parking is available within a few minute’s walk of Obexer’s, with the main parking area along Tahoe Ski Bowl Way and at Homewood Mountain Resort’s north and south parking lots. Parking also is available along Highway 89. There will be a free shuttle making a continuous loop around Homewood to provide drop off and pick up.
Public transportation also will be available from the Transit Center in Tahoe City to Homewood for $1.75 each way. Visit laketahoetransit.com for a schedule.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit laketahoeconcours.com.
Friday, Aug. 7
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Show
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Wine Village
$25 advance | $30 at the gate | $35 for 2 days | $25 Wine Village
Saturday, Aug. 8
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Show
11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Wine Village
4 p.m. | Roar Off
$25 advance | $30 at the gate | $25 Wine Village
Sunday, Aug. 9
11:30 a.m. | Homewood | $60
Noon | Homewood | $45
Monday, Aug. 10
Woody Over the Bottom
8:30 a.m. | Race from Obexer’s to Tahoe City
10:30 a.m. | Brunch & awards at Tahoe Yacht Club
$35 entry | $20 brunch
Tuesday, Aug. 11
6 p.m. | Slideshow, party & barbecue at Tahoe Yacht Club
$30 per person