Bass Lake Boat Show, 2009
by , 10-22-2009 at 05:06 AM (6431 Views)
Each June, the Classic V-Drive Club of America hosts a boat show at Bass Lake at the Pines Resort. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque little venue for a bunch of true v-drivers to gather, share stories, show off their boats, and just generally have a good time. Having never been to Bass Lake before myself, I looked forward to attending the event even if it was just with a camera and no boat in tow. With Bass Lake being just a few miles from the entrance to Yosemite, the vacation possibilities are many in this neck of the woods.
The Pines Resort is a very nice spot complete with Hotel/Lodge, many two-story chalet cabins for rent, a market, shops, restaurants, bars, and launch and fuel facilities. You could easily spend a week or two here with no reason to leave for anything. The boat show was held in a parking lot up behind the little post office nestled between the pine trees. On Saturday, the morning of the show, we awoke to partly cloudy skies, in the wake of some rain showers the prior day, and a view of close to a hundred of the nicer v-drive boats I’ve seen assembled in one spot. Many boats in attendance were older nostalgic classics, with some daycruiser and later model hot rods mixed in, and even a few current circuit drag racers. It was a great mix of today and yesteryear, plain Jane single color to the most exotic paint, and stock power along side the huge supercharged late model engines you’d see at a race event.
While the day started out partly cloudy with sun, it would become mostly cloudy with little sun, and threatening, but never actually delivering any rain. In spite of the ominous looking weather, the show drew several hundred enthusiasts from all over the west coast. It was obvious they were all there for two reasons, their passion and love for v-drive boats, and to have fun. Brian Lynch who is the leader of the Classic V-Drive Club, which hosts several outings each year, put on a well organized and very nice event. He had a great live band both at the show site and later in the bar at Ducey’s, and trophies for the best entries in multiple categories. One thing is clear; these folks know how to have a good time. The Bass Lake V-drive show gets an “A” rating in my un-official event rating book and I look forward to returning again.
The above is the condensed version for the magazine. I will be extending this when the pictures come online.
Pictures are presently being re-hosted and will be posted here soon (10/22/09)
I have been a boater for the better part
of 40 years and owner of Rex Marine
since 1981. In my blogs I will attempt to
tell a story of each event I cover,
from my perspective and through my
photos. I hope more people will become
involved as spectators or racers as a result
of my coverage. Enjoy