Concours d’Elegance Wooden Boat Show
Concours d'Elegance Wooden Boat Show Be a part of Lake Tahoe's classic wooden boat history! Friday & Saturday, August 12 & 13. Homewood, California.
Celebrating its 44th anniversary, Lake Tahoe Concours is considered to be the premier judged wooden boat shows in the nation. Each year, more than 85 of the best antique, vintage and classic boats in North America compete in specialized classes for top honors and bragging rights. The meticulously restored boats include historic lakers and launches, some dating back to 1915; pre and post-WWII racers and runabouts; utility boats and flashy Rivas.
Obexer's Boat Company, home of the first wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, will be the site of the annual event and is located on the West shore of Lake Tahoe. Anyone who appreciates the beauty and art of restoration should attend. You will be rewarded with the largest gathering of these powerful and pristine watercraft.
This year's show will feature the Marque Class of Chris-Craft Racing Runabouts.
As you plan your weekend, here are a few things you simply must do at the show.
Grab a Program and Take Your Time Viewing the Boats Around the Marina- Everyone who comes to the show will receive a commemorative program. This program is crammed full of the unique stories, history and facts about each boat in the show. To see the rich mahogany reflecting off of Tahoe's blue waters will be a view unlike anything you'll see anywhere else, but learning why these boats are among the most elegant and historic boats in the world will be an experience you'll never forget.
Visit the Wine Village- The Concours wine village is among the most popular attractions at the show. For $25 ($30 day of) guests will be able to sample more than 40 different wines unique to Northern California and Italy. The village is an exclusive luxurious shaded festival tent. Guests will be able to come-and-go throughout the day and will receive a commemorative stemless Concours wine glass. Taste them all, or find one you like and sample it the rest of your day. Bottles will be available for purchase. The wine village will be highlighted by one of the show's main sponsors Highway 12 Winery located in California's premier wine corridor, Sonoma Valley. To purchase advanced tickets please visit www.laketahoeconcours.com/Show_Tickets.html
Obexer's Deli- Sure Obexer's is the most historic marina in Tahoe and the first place wooden boats were introduced to Lake Tahoe but have you been to their deli? If you have not, it's a must. Featuring an outstanding breakfast menu and custom craft sandwiches, this deli is a Lake Tahoe legend.
The Roar Off- This is a crowd favorite and the grand finale of the weekend. Thousands gather around the docs of Obexer's to watch each of the boats on display fire up and drive off in to the landscape of Lake Tahoe. It is truly a spectacle of elegance, power, and anxiety. It's a tight fit and it takes highly skilled drivers to maneuver around the docs and past the collection of invaluable boats.
Visit the Tahoe Maritime Museum- One of the endless benefits of the show's location, at Obexer's Boat Company, is its kiddy-corner from the Tahoe Maritime Museum. A benefactor of the Lake Tahoe Concours, the museum began 28 years ago with the goal of preserving and presenting Lake Tahoe's rich maritime history. The 5,800 square foot museum is reminiscent of an old boathouse, well-suited to its Lake Tahoe surroundings, with a spacious open interior design that allows visitors to explore the boats in their unique exhibits from all angles. Our youngest visitors can engage in hands-on activities to better understand maritime history in their own dedicated children's area.
During show hours, you may tour the museum for free with your Concours wristbands.