Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance Features V-12 Powered Classics

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 (TYCF), the 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.

These remarkable, exotic wooden boats with thundering V-12 engines will highlight the two-day show. 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." Along with the unique Marque Class, entries ranging from nostalgic launches to luxurious Rivas, runabouts, utilities, and award-winning racers from around the country will attend the event.

Each year the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation raises money for charitable donations, which are exclusively focused on providing educational opportunities originating in the Lake Tahoe area that enhance expertise or understanding of maritime skills.

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