For 2014, the 44th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance is moving 12 miles down the road (20 minutes south) to the historic Obexer’s Boat Company marina in Homewood, California. The Tahoe Concours is one of the premier wooden boat shows in the country, and we were thrilled to learn that they have now secured Obexer’s Marina for the event. We received the official Press Release from the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation via Liquid Blue Events late Friday. – Texx
2014 LAKE TAHOE CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE RETURNS TO BIRTH PLACE OF WOODEN BOATS ON LAKE TAHOE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 31, 2014
Obexer’s Boat Company, home of the first wooden boat dealership on Lake Tahoe, will be the site of the 44th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, August 8-9, 2014. In making the announcement, Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation President David Olson said, “Lake Tahoe is synonymous with wooden boats. Our goal has always been to blend the history of these magnificent craft with the history of the Lake and what better venue than where they were first introduced to Tahoe.”
“We are also thrilled to bring the show to the Homewood community, also rich in history and home to the Tahoe Maritime Museum,” Olson added. “This partnership will not only bring back the authenticity of Lake Tahoe to the show, but reinforce the exclusive and intimate setting that makes TYCF’s Concours the premier wooden boat show in the country.”
J.P. Obexer’s Boat Company, which was founded in 1911 and introduced Gar Woods Boats to the Lake, is located on the west shore, 6.5 miles south of Tahoe City, Calif., on Hwy. 89. The historic venue offers unbelievable views of the Lake and lends itself to incredible shopping and dining experiences with the show’s vendors and community.
“We, the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, are elated to make this announcement as our partnership with Obexer’s will ensure that this will be the best show to date. We look forward to releasing all the details shortly.”
For more information, visit the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance website or contact Liquid Blue Events via our website. Please join us on out Lake Tahoe Concours Facebook page for all the up to date info.
Dave Olsen, President – Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation
2014 MARQUE CLASS: “PRE-WAR BARRELBACKS”
The Marque Class for the 2014 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance is “PRE-WAR BARRELBACKS” – The first thing that comes to mind when we think about “Barrelbacks” are the magnificent pre-war Chris-Craft Custom models, but this unique design feature has quite a history, dating as far back as the 1920’s. Exactly how do the Tahoe Concours organizers define a “Barrelback?” – Here is the official description from the very nice, very knowledgeable folks over at the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation.
The Lake Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation is pleased to feature for our 2014 show “Pre-War Barrelbacks.” Although the term barrelback is a modern one, the stern design it represents is timeless. Originally termed “Torpedo decks” or excessive “tumblehome” all resulted in a boating icon. The famous naval architect John L. Hacker is credited with the sloping design feature, drawing it into a few of his more exotic racing boats and runabouts in the early 1920s.
The basic definition of a barrelback is one curved, unbroken line (as viewed looking stern, forming the sides and deck drawn from waterline to waterline along the transom). Drawing these sweeping lines on paper was one thing; torturing wood into these shapes was an entirely different obstacle.
It was not until 1936 that Chris-Craft made the barrelback design widespread in popularity, and was able to build the complex shapes on a production line. With production beginning in the summer of 1936 as a 1937 model, the first Chris-Craft “barrelback” was the 16-foot Special Race Boat, produced in low numbers (167 built), and most examples originally painted red, white, and blue until 1940. Also featuring the “barrelback” design elements was the low production Chris-Craft 16′ Hydroplane, with a total of only 19 models built between 1941 & 42.
Perhaps the most iconic “barrelback” was the new-for-1939 Chris-Craft 19-foot Custom Runabout. With its Brooklands- a.k.a. Bugatti-style windshields, Spanish-maroon leather interior, and available 130 hp “M” engines, it had it all. 1940 brought on the of brighter colors with the 17’ and 19’ Custom Runabouts all having orange deck seams and waterlines, and the 23’ and 27’ models with green deck seams and waterlines.
Chris-Craft and Hacker were not the only builders of barrelbacks, and the Concours hopes to recognize all of the true barrelbacks produced prior to W.W.II. California builder Mercury built them in the early 1940s, as did Century, Gar Wood, and a few others.
Please join us this year in celebrating one of the most influential and artistic runabout designs ever!
Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation
The Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation is hoping to feature between 30 to 40 barrelbacks at Obexer’s Marina for the 2014 Concours, along with a wide variety of other concours level wooden boats for this year’s show. There is nothing quite like the experience of being at beautiful Lake Tahoe in August, surrounded by classic wooden boats for this annual world class event.