What to do this weekend: Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance wooden boat display | SierraSun.com

What to do this weekend: Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance wooden boat display

Linda J. BottjerLake Tahoe Action
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CARNELIAN BAY, Calif. andamp;#8212; Lake Tahoe is even more stunning when decorated by the burnished woods and gleaming metals of classic wooden boats. Celebrating its 39th year, the two-day Concours d’Elegance starts on Friday, Aug. 12, at Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay.Hosted by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, the fundraising event for Tahoe maritime interests will include more than 80 antique and classic crafts.This is the year for honoring the Gar Woods as the Marquee Class.Garfield Woods is still a revered genius for his motorboat designs five decades after his death Many boats crafted in his factory have a long history of cutting through the iridescent blue waters of Lake Tahoe.One such is andamp;#8220;Hae Dae III.andamp;#8221; Owned by Bill and Olga Keever, she is a 1941 Gar Wood custom runabout with Cuban mahogany with an original 316 horsepower, 12-cylinder Scripps engine.Her uniqueness is furthered by being No. 28, in an original series of 28, to have a triple cockpit.The couple, who also own Keever Vineyards in Yountsville, had the boat completely restored after acquiring it in 2001. A majority of the original components were salvageable.One thing they did not change was the name bestowed by first owner Herbert Day, much to the chagrin of a son. Fearful that the andamp;#8220;Hae Day III’sandamp;#8221; first post restoration showing at the 2002 Concours d’ Elegance would result in disappointment, he presented his parents with a consolatory trophy for andamp;#8220;The Best Boat with the Worst Name.andamp;#8221; His well-intended effort was not necessary.His parents and the andamp;#8220;Hae Dae IIIandamp;#8221; won the Best Gar Wood and Best in Class awards.andamp;#8220;Gone with the Windandamp;#8221; and a man’s desire not to see it lead to Paul and Suzanne Walker find their own andamp;#8220;Leading Ladyandamp;#8221;.Sending his wife to the movies Frank Durkee Jr. went instead to the 1940 National Motor Boat Show in New York City. Struck by the lines and power of the 1940 24-foot, 6-inch Gar Wood 198 Custom Utility with two 103 horsepower and 6-cylinder engines, he put in his order and named the boat andamp;#8220;Florenceandamp;#8221; after his mother.The name lasted for 40 years until the owner before the Walkers decided to honor Vivien Leigh, star of the epic Civil War drama, and renamed the boat andamp;#8220;Leading Lady.andamp;#8221; Walker, the boat’s sixth owner, is still captivated even 20 years after his purchase.andamp;#8220;I am always surprised how beautiful it is,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;She is this beautiful piece of art.andamp;#8221;Aside from the Gar Wood marquee, 12 others, such as the andamp;#8220;pre-war runabouts both pre and post World War II,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Rivas,andamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;Blonde Deck Chris-Craft Runaboutsandamp;#8221; will also be displayed with pride.Country music star Alan Jackson’s 1955 29-foot Chris Craft semi enclosed sedan andamp;#8220;Flat Topandamp;#8221; will be featured for its first time at the event.Asked what it is like to own a classic wooden boat, Bill Keever remarked it is a case of being a temporary custodian.andamp;#8220;It is also a delight to share this piece of history with others,andamp;#8221; he said.