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Lake Tahoe. Wooden Boats. What more could you want?

Lake Tahoe will host the aptly named Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Concours d’Elegance from August 6-7, 2021, showcasing stunning sea-going vessels.

By Doug Stokes

Sun, Feb 28, 2021 05:15 AM PST

Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance. Photo courtesy of Bring a Trailer.

Ok ... so these are not cars, right.  But you'll need a car to get to Lake Tahoe August 5-7 (right again ... the event is the 6th and 7th but, take your favorite editor-at-large's advice, and get there a day early to "acclimate to the altitude" and check out a couple of local brewpubs to reset your LACar attitude).  

Line ’em up! Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Concours.

These machines are pure and simple poetry on the water; each an ode to a long-past era of genteelness and grace. They're buoyant, sculptural reminders of the days of the sort of fabled marine craftsmanship that (away from this event) now can only be seen in coffee table books.  

This boat is a stunning example of what you would see at the Concours. Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Concours.

I'm pretty sure that there's no more perfect setting than Lake Tahoe for these wood and spar varnish vestiges of past perfection.  Watch, wave, and stop to wonder what it was like when these machines ruled the lake in the '20s and '30s.

To learn more about the Lake Tahoe Wooden Boat Concours d’Elegance, visit their website at

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Doug Stokes

Doug has a long and wide-ranging history in the motoring business. He served five years as the Executive Director of the International Kart Federation, and was the PR guy for the Mickey Thompson's Off-Road Championship Gran Prix. He worked racing PR for both Honda and Suzuki and was a senior PR person on the first Los Angeles (Vintage) Grand Prix. He was also the first PR Manager for Perris Auto Speedway, and spent over 20 years as the VP of Communications at Irwindale Speedway. Stokes is the recipient of the American Autowriters and Broadcaster’s 2005 Chapman Award for Excellence in Public Relations and was honored in 2015 by the Motor Press Guild with their Dean Batchelor Lifetime Achievement Award. “… I’ve also been reviewing automobiles and books for over 20 years, and really enjoy my LA Car assignments.” he added.

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