Renowned Artist Roy Dryer Releases 2015 Lake Tahoe Concours Poster

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OVER THE PAST THREE DECADES Roy Dryer’s artwork has focused on commissioned work celebrating peoples’ passions for exotic, classic, antique, and racing automobiles, the beauty of wooden boats, and aircraft. Roy’s passion for his art has paid tribute to beloved pets and racehorses, showcased the true beauty of scenic wineries and high tech businesses, evoking a sense of movement and wonder in each instance.

A long-time resident of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Roy is the artist and creator of official event posters for some of Northern California’s premier events. His portfolio includes official artwork and posters of some of Northern California’s premier events.

Since 1984, Roy has created the official poster for the Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Concours d’Elegance held each year at Lake Tahoe, the Ironstone Classic Automobile Concours d’Elegance held each year in Murphys, and during its tenure, the Silverado Automobile Concours d’Elegance.

Roy’s unique artistic style is perhaps best described as photo impressionistic which creates a wonderful sense of believability by involving the viewer in the piece. In essence, the art becomes a living entity rather than a static object. –

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The legendary Gar Wood in “Baby Gar V” Circa 1925-26. The top hat and tails were presenting the boat as a “Gentleman’s Runabout” powered by a Gar Wood Liberty V-12.

V-12 Powered Classics Featured at Lake Tahoe’s 43rd Concours d’Elegance

This summer’s Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance will be off to a roaring start with vintage V-12 engine-powered watercraft the featured class for the 43rd annual wooden boat show. Presented by Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, the nationally-acclaimed show will be open to the public for viewing on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8, at the historic Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, Calif., on Lake Tahoe’s scenic West Shore.

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An original photo taken in August of 1934 of the first factory Scripps 302 V-12 powered 28-foot Gar Wood. Only ten examples of the 28-footer were built this way through 1941. Nine of the original V-12 28’s exist, seven of those call Lake Tahoe home. – Brian Robinson

Although this year’s Marque Class suggests emphasis on the V-12 engines themselves, it is the boats with these thundering engines that will highlight the two-day show at one of the most remarkable settings on the lake. And Lake Tahoe can boast more V-12 engine-powered runabouts in regular use than anywhere else possibly in the world, according to Brian Robinson, TYCF’s Concours researcher and judging coordinator.

“V-12 engines have been powering exotic wooden boats back to the first aero-engine marine conversions during World War I,” Robinson said. “The most popular was the 1,650 cu. in. Liberty L-12 used in many WWI bi-planes.”

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By WWII more efficient and powerful V-12s were developed by Allison and Packard but not all V-12s were originally intended for aircraft use. According to Robinson, the popular Scripps 302, with over 300 hp, was built strictly for watercraft and widely used in pleasure boats from 1933 through 1955 when Scripps closed their doors, in part due to powerful automotive V-8 engines becoming better candidates for marine use by manufacturers like Chris-Craft and Hackercraft.

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Alongside entries in this unique Marque Class will be nostalgic launches to luxurious Rivas, runabouts, utilities, and award-winning racers from throughout the United States. Boat owners interested in entering this year’s 43rd annual event – in any of the 13 Concours classes – are encouraged to download an application today, available on the Foundation’s website at

“Being a ‘Concours boat’ definitely gives you bragging rights, plus the opportunity to enjoy the show and all the social events of Wooden Boat Week,” said Doug Ball, Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation treasurer and this year’s Concours chairman. “We invite you to join us in this year’s fun at Lake Tahoe, both on and off the water.”

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1929 Hispano-Suiza V-12 – 2,000 CID / 650 HP @ 2,000 RPM. Powering Kermit & Jenny Sutton’s 1926 30′ Belle Isle Super Bear Cat “Ondine”. (Dane Anderson photo)

For more information on the 43rd Annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance – including spectator tickets and boat registration – you can visit their impressive website by Clicking Here. We will have more updates on the big show as we get closer to August.

Special thanks to Roy Dryer for sharing the news of the 2015 Lake Tahoe Show Poster with us here at Woody Boater. You can learn more about Roy Dryer and his outstanding artwork by Clicking Here to go directly to his website.

Also – Matt arrived back from Tavares, Florida late last night – so further coverage of the Sunnyland event will continue later today.


3 replies
  1. Martin Feletto
    Martin Feletto says:

    Another great poster this year by Roy – congrats to you!

    Text – photo credit to my girlfriend Debbie Jordan for the header – shot at the Palm Garden on Friday afternoon after the BBQ.


  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    Things are a bit messed up in the timing here at HQ. The poster is fantastic, I had the other story ready to go and realized it needs the one shot that says it all in the header. Here is the Don ayers header Marty is referencing that was up ealier.

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