The Northern California / Lake Tahoe Chapter’s Wood & Glory antique and classic boating event celebrated its 18th year with over 47 boats, 215 ACBS members, their families, and guests attending the four-day annual gathering June 2 through 5th on Clear Lake, Lake County, California.
The popular Wood & Glory event is designed to offer casual social and boating time on and off Clear Lake which is located in the ‘high elevation’ Lake County wine region 2.5 hours north of San Francisco. This year’s Thursday activities included a “Wine & Glory Tour” opportunity to visit the region’s 30 family wineries (www.lakecountywineries.org) and a fully hosted dinner at the Thomas’ waterfront home that evening. On Friday night, our W&G founding members – The John Lahti family – again sponsored our traditional opening night “Woodie Whoopie” lawn party at their Buckingham Point lakeside residence.
The “Race” is on to the Casino Show.
Groody River Media photo
Early Saturday morning, June 4th, the classic boat fleet assembled in Soda Bay for a skippers meeting, a Groody River Media video shoot, and then paraded off to Konocti Vista Casino & Marina for our public show and catered picnic. Leading the “charge” was our Chapter President Barbara Foster with her husband Dan at the helm of their just restored 1926 22’ Maybe Not II, a Nunes built stepped hull Tahoe racer. Scott Courts’ My Sin, a 21’ Ventnor Gold Cup Hydro replica paced Maybe Not II all the way – yet with great wisdom and respect, Scott let the lady President Barbara idle into the Casino marina show first!
Stay tuned for Groody River Media Vimeo site address to view video of all your boats underway.
Groody River Media Photo
Race Boats line up, W&G Saturday Casino Show
Groody River Media Photo
In keeping with our ACBS International 2016 boat show theme, Wood & Glory XVIII featured 17 antique and classic race boats, including Bob Mount’s Madeleine, a 29’ Van Dam 2014 built Gentleman’s Racer design from the 1930’s, an assortment of vintage “hydros,” fast Cracker Box racers, along with production racing runabouts. Mike Johnson charged around in his recently built Pegasus, a replica of a 13’ Pacific One Design racer. Race boat enthusiast John Lawrence organized the W&G Race Boat activities.
W&G XVIII Poster ‘Child’ & People’s Choice winner Madeleine
Van Dam photo
Boatique Winery Dinner is served.
By Saturday evening, over 170 members and guests connected again with our very generous members Robert & Madi Mounts at their Boatique Winery and classic boat collection (www.BoatiqueWines.com). Members enjoyed Boatique wine tasting, a delicious country casual BBQ dinner presentation by Suenram Ranch Catering, and the Allen Thomas family-led ‘lively’ auction that generated over $6,000 for Lake County Charities and our Chapter’s endowment.
Jim Dichler table.
The Norin family sponsored their friend, and we all honored Howard Arneson.
Yet the star of our Wood & Glory XVIII event was our Honoree, Howard Arneson, the 95 year-old gentleman racer who, among other adventures, “burned up” the Mississippi River Challenge race running between New Orleans and St Louis (1039 miles) in a record setting 12 hours in his 32’ turbine-powered Skater race boat. His speed exceeded 118 mph at times. Spry and sharp, Howard captivated and humored our membership with his life experiences including his development of Arneson Pool Sweep products and his engineering and perfecting the Arneson Surface Drive boat propulsion systems. Howard’s parting statement: “Keep going fast, and… I miss my wife.” We tip our hat and thank you, our Wood & Glory XVIII Honoree, Mr. Race Boat, Mr. Howard Arneson.
View Howard and 113 W&G Boatique smile proofs at: http://nathandehart.zenfolio.com/woodglory2016
In addition to honoring Howard Arneson, Wood & Glory XVIII recognized and presented ‘go-slow-boat’ awards to: Best Chris Craft, Ron & Kaylyn Hyman, 1966 18’ Chris Craft Custom 5 Boy 5. Best Century – Neal & Barbara Gapoff’s 1963 Century Sabre Barbara’s Boat. Over-All Best of Show, Barbara & Dan Foster’s 1926 22’ Maybe Not II race boat and, The People’s Choice award to the Mount’s Madeleine.
W&G Race Boat Coordinator John Lawrence, Thrill Me, 1972 Lauterbach E Class Hydro.
Motivated by Howard’s pep talk the night before, the classic fleet met up again Sunday morning, June 5th at Lakeport’s historic Library Park where John Lawrence presented our members and the public an exhibition Race Boat water display involving the various classes of race boats running speed-laps in front of the park. It was great to see these classic race boats “doing their stuff” again, and we thank all of them for helping make Wood & Glory XVIII an interesting and exciting event. See individual Race Boat profiles on our chapter’s web site.
Wood & Glory XVIII was a success because many of our members volunteered. We thank you all.
Our primary contributing commercial sponsors included: Lake County Winery Association, Riviera Foods, Clear Lake Vista Resort, Boatique Winery, Braito’s Marina, Hillside Motorsports & Marine, Maherajah Water Skis, Konocti Vista Casino. Special thanks to members Donna & Allen Thomas, The John Lahti Family, Madi & Robert Mount, and The Braito Family (Carl is now 99) who generously opened their homes and businesses to Wood & Glory. Wood & Glory along with our beneficiaries recognize you accordingly.
Charge on, and see you soon.
The Wayne Mooers and Jim Robello Families, Event Co-Chairs.
Save the Date: Wood & Glory XVIIII, June 1 – 4, 2017
Released June 20, 2016, Wayne Mooers