We just got from Steve “Tahoe” Natale a report on Best in Show at lake tahoe. Thats all we got, if you have more hit the comment section. Winning Best In Show at Lake Tahoe is about as top of the hill as it gets, and a huge congrats to the owners and Sierra Boat Co for doing what they do best. Best In Shows!

Perfection.. No Wait, Better.. Tahoe Perfection

Of course it has a killer engine.

Thanks again, Steve, comment if you won anything. Wait. NO, not best bacon, or you got a trophy at Jr Leage baseball. Just tahoe, this year. GAAAA, do I have to explain everything

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14 Responses to “Midnight Thunder Wins Best In Show At Tahoe!”
  1. Dan T

    Perfection! Don’t know much about judging standards, but is an original/as built bottom a requirement?

  2. Don Vogt

    Unless there has been a recent change in the rules, there is a 1/2 point deduction for a newer style bottom. Its all about points. If you dont have the original engine, I believe that is still an automatic 10 pt. deduction. That puts one out of the running.

    • Tommyholm

      Usually an non original engine , I.e. Serial number, can be replaced with a correct period aged engine that was offered that year without much or no deduction. ACBS rules are harsh on “modern power” and non correct year.

  3. Gene porter

    For scoring details, join ACBS then access the judging rules

    • Don Vogt

      not an acbs event, Gene, but the rules are fairly similar at minimum.

  4. Old Salt

    It looks like there is a bead of 5200 squeezing out between two transom planks. Is the just an optical illusion?

  5. Karl Hoffman

    Midnight Thunder was originally restored by Jack Schropp of Northwest Classic boats as his personal ride in the late 1980’s. My memory is that it was restored by traditional methods. It made a lasting impression cruising in cruising in this piece of art.

  6. Don Vogt

    Gosh, Karl, was that jack’s boat? He did a beautiful job. If i recall correctly they found the grey boat in hawaii of all places. They certainly didnt use 5200. In any event didnt he name it thunder balls or something like that? It was sold to a physician in the atlanta area and not sure what happened beyond that. glad it ended up out this way again.

  7. Karl Hoffman

    Thunder Balls was the 36 ft Hacker triple that ended up in the collection of Gordon Apker. Jack’s boat was Midnight Thunder.

    • DougP in the PNW

      We had a club meeting (1978?) at Gordon’s Garage…quite a setup

  8. Dick Dow

    Jack sold “Midnight Thunder” when he and (Northwest Classic Boat customer) Malcom Rankin decided to join forces and brew beer. If you have attended any ACBS-PNW events in Seattle in the past decade and like beer, you have probably had some Mac and Jacks. 🙂