As we reported a few days ago, family & friends from around world gathered last weekend in Sarnico, Lake Iseo, Italy to attend the Riva Historical Society’s 2012 Riva Days event and for the triple celebration of Carlo Riva’s 90th birthday, 170 years since the Riva yard was founded and 50 years since the birth of the Riva Aquarama!
Over 30 Riva enthusiasts from the USA made the trip over to Italy to attend this historic event, including fellow Woody Boater Marty Feletto who captured many of the photos for today’s update with his trusty iPhone from Lake Iseo. Over the last few days we have also received some photos from a number of friends who are also in Italy which we have included in today’s update.
Below – Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club President and Riva Forum contributor Don Ayers with the legendary Carlo Riva.
Fellow Woody Boater’s Casudi and James are also there for the celebration and sent us this great shot, just a few of the 120 Rivas that were at Lake Iseo in Sarnico for the big party.
And Don Ayers sent us this shot of a classic Riva Tritone powered by special twin Cadillac’s… Enlarge this photo by clicking on it and check out the clearance between those two big V-8’s…
Above is what happens when Riva’s sing happy birthday. Actually very moving!
A boat-load of knowledge, representing three corners of the United States, Herb Hall from Sierra Boat Company at Lake Tahoe, California, Riva Guru Alan Weinstein from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and relaxing in the back, Don Ploetner from Sparta, New Jersey.
OK – Next year Matt we have to try boating like they do in Italy, matching outfits for everyone…
Speaking of matching outfits, check out the snazzy Zebra fenders to match the original, and very cool Zebra style upholstery in this Riva.
(But I think they were chasing the boys in the Riva because they wanted to buy Hamster’s Cap – Texx)
And from all of us here at Woody Boater – Happy Birthday to Carlo Riva – Your legendary boats live on today…