Best Overall Of Tahoe Show Goes To A WoodyBoaters Riva! And A Teaser!
Late Live-ish This just in: Fellow Woody Boater Steve Marini’s 1972 Riva Super Ariston, Tramonto, sweeps multiple awards at the 2018 Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. Reporting in Woody Boater Reporter Steve Natale
The freshly restored boat captured from Northwest Classic Boats:
Best in Class
Best Professional Restoration (Dave and Rudy at Northwest Classic Boats
Best of Show Over All
The marina was buzzing about the beautiful Riva all day. There were dozens of fabulous boats at the show Friday as always, but the public thought “Tramonto”, (Sunset in Italian) was just spectacular, and the judges agreed. We do not have the complete list of awards as of yet. If anyone does, please post in the comment section or email them to me.
We have gotten in an insane amount of images from Tahoe and are trying to organize it all. A huge thanks to Phil Andrews, Steve Lapkin, Steve Natale and Herb Hall from Sierra Boat Co for overloading us with AMAZING images. But here is a teaser of what is to come. CRANK IT UP! Thanks Phil Andrews for the Saturday wake up
Greetings from Hessel, and the Les Cheneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show!
Thunderbird is truly a remarkable boat. That helm looks like it belongs in an aircraft. A ride on her is on my bucket list!
Tahoe is a great show…I look forward to the pictures…
Greg it WAS on my bucket list too. Thanks to my good friend Steve Lapkin and Darren Kramer we were out on the water at 8.30am waiting for her to come across the lake from her boat shed. Seeing her from the water was truly a bucket list moment. Those glorious twin engines would put a smile on anyones face.
Here is the rest of the awards:
Gold Key Best Preserved: HMS Pinifore – 1961 C-C 36′ Constellation, owner Kim Stearns
Porsche Nothing Else Like It Award: Gel Wood – 1996 Gelrama, owner Fred Gellert
Best Century: Wood & Glory – 1966 21′ Coronado, owner Jim Robello
Best Chris-Craft: Wood Duck – 1939 19′ Custom Runabout, owner Bill Kehoe
Best Hacker: Comanche – 1947 30′ Custom Commuter, owner Steven Merrill
Best Engine of Show: 331 Cadillac in Finito, owner Brett Sargent
Thunderbird Most Unique: Bella Vita – 1959 Riva 21′ Ariston, owner Dan & Alicia Diehl
Most Elegant: Big Boy – 1937 28′ Gar Wood, owner Steve Hamill
Best Non-Professional Restoration: Bella Vita – 1959 Riva Ariston, owner Dan Diehl
Best of Show Under 23′: Jelly Bean – 1946 C-C 22′ Sportsman, owners Charlie & Sandy Williams
Marque Class (Original Tahoe Boats) Best of Show: Orange Crate – 1964 Besotes 21′ Race Boat, owners Ed & Deborah Scott
Congratulations to my friend Steve and his wife Mary for running the tables at the Tahoe Concours. Not an easy feat and not accomplished many times. It reminds me of Fin & Tonic’s run in ’15. Hoping you land “People’s Choice” today Steve! Can’t wait to see Tramonto.
My apologies to Steve and his wife BETH. Too excited about their victory to think straight…