The Forecast For Lake Tahoe: Hot Italian Rivas And The Aroma Of Varnish All Weekend


After years of planning, in just a few days the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary with the magnificent Riva Aquarama as the 2012 Marque Class. We spoke to fellow Woody Boater Marty Feletto last night and he said…

“After over two years of planning, everything is coming together nicely as we celebrate the Riva Aquarama and also Carlo Riva’s 90th birthday. With over 35 Rivas attending the show this year, including 20 Aquarama’s, this will be the largest gathering of Riva’s in history in the USA, and it’s going to be spectacular!”

“The Riva Club USA (RCUSA) also has a number of events planned during the show, starting Thursday night and ending on Monday with the “Zoom” event (a salute to the Super Aquarama Zoom), which is an all day circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe.”

Then in late August, Marty and 32 Riva enthusiasts from the USA are off to Italy to attend the big RHS 2012 Riva Days at Sarnico, Lake Iseo, Italy to get together with thier fellow Riva friends and celebrate Carlo Riva’s 90th birthday on the shores of beautiful Lake Iseo in the mountains of Northern Italy. RHS (Riva Historical Society) members and the Riva family will participate in tours of the Riva Factory, Navigation and Piloting competitions, picnics on the lake, classic race-boat displays and many other wonderful attractions.

The offical Boat Show Lineup has now been released by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation / Liquid Blue Events for the 40th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance Wooden Boat Show which is set for August 10-11, 2012 at the Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay, California.

They note – “Along with the 20 Marque Class boats, a total of 77 of the most pristine classic wooden boats in the world will compete for top honors along the shoreline of worldrenowned Lake Tahoe, making this year’s show the most valuable collection ever gathered for the Concours d’Elegance at an estimated value of over $15 million.” You can Click Here to see the offical list, it’s a big file so you may have to give it a few seconds to download.

TIEVOLI – 1969 27′ Riva Aquarama

Tievoli 1969 27′ Riva Aquarama #332
220-hp ea., 8-cylinder Riva Crusader (2) engines
Bill & Mary Jo Shepherd, Lafayette, Calif.

“Tievoli” is Riva 332 in the 1969 Aquarama series numbered from 306 to 370. She was originally delivered to a Norwegian businessman at St. Tropez and christened Kalmouck. As the story goes, after many years of motoring off Monaco, her owner was forced to sell after a business downturn. The boat was sold to a boat yard in Bremerhaven and re-sold to a boat builder in Hamberg.

The Aquarama finally found its way to the Shepherds in California where it lives at Lake Tahoe with the name of Tievoli: “I Love It” spelled backwards.

One of the many beautifully restored wooden boats which is entered in this year’s show is “Y.P.” – A rare 1952 21′ Stan-Craft Torpedo.

Y.P. – 1952 21′ Stan-Craft Torpedo
130-hp, 6-cylinder Chrysler Crown engine
Jerry & Charlene Appel, Lakeside, Montana.

The Appels’ found this Stan-Craft Tropedo boat in a field in Eastern Montana, where it had been for about 18 years. After bringing her home and five-and-a-half years of hard work, she is ready to show. The boat was built in Appels’ hometown of Lakeside for Yellowstone National Park (the reason for her Y.P. name), to be used for rides on Yellowstone Lake. The picture (of the completed boat below) was taken at the old Stan-Craft Marina, where she and only 10 more like her were built.

We had the opportunity to see this fantastic Stan-Craft Torpedo last year at a few shows in Montana & Idaho, and loved it from day one. Jerry & Charlene are wonderful people and have embraced the hobby, and Jerry is a true craftsman in every way, with both metal and wood. Here’s what the boat looked like when they found it…

And what it looks like today…

Jerry and Charlene completed the majority of the restoration work themselves, and worked with Andrew Kerfoot from Wood Boat Endeavor in Post Falls, Idaho who assisted with the final prep work, staining, varnish, etc.

Check out that mint original foot operated gas pedel with the Stan-Craft script…

Jerry even designed and built his own boat trailer for Y.P. which is an absolute work-of-art…

So if you are planning to attend this years show, make sure you stop by and visit with Jerry & Charlene, and check out their boat. And if you are still on the fence about attending this year’s big show, just load up the wife & kids, fuel up the station wagon and set the GPS (or roadmap) for Carnelian Bay, California. There’s nothing quite like visiting historic Lake Tahoe in August!

For more information on the 2012 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance you can Click Here to go to their website.

And last but not least, we have to say thanks to Herb Hall and the crew at Sierra Boat Company for everything they do to make this world class event possible.


10 replies
  1. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    Thanks texx for featuring Jerry’s boat. It was on display this week end at the neat big sky chapter show on flathead lake. Shows that with a lot of hard work, non professional restorers can really bring a boat as challenging as this torpedo back to life in a fantastic way!

    You are to modest to mention that another reason to come to Tahoe is to see your riviera there , too.

  2. Randy Rush-Captain Grumpy
    Randy Rush-Captain Grumpy says:

    Your statement that Jerrys boat was found in a field? Looks like you could see it for at least 5 miles! Who does this stuff? How did it get there? Was this Noah’s personal boat after the flood? Anyways its stunning, and he should be very proud!

  3. Don Vogt
    Don Vogt says:

    I should have also mentioned that Y.P. won Peoples Choice and Skippers Choice at the Big Sky ACBS show in Montana last weekend.

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      Well it’s not a Sportsman, but I guess he could have settled for worse.

      Maybe if I repeat that enough times I can convince myself of that. Probably not. What a beautiful boat.

  4. John Leiberg
    John Leiberg says:

    I had a chance to see YP at the Coeur d’ Alene show last year and am not surprised that it was the star last weekend in Montana.

    With only so few ever built at Stancraft, the torpedos are always so iconic to the public. YP’s restoration by its owners is truly an amazing feat for someone without years of experience–the required patience alone overcomes most who attempt such a project.

    Choosing a craftsman like Andy and Wooden Boat Endeavor to handle the faring, staining, varnishing and buffing tells me Jerry and his wife were wise enough to to go with one of the best boat finishers around today, rather than the more obvious choices–a great choice by someone new to restoring wooden boats.

    I wish I was in Tahoe this weekend, you all enjoy that wonderful collection of Rivas, make sure to check out YP, a classic Stancraft beauty.

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