20th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance 2015
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/18/2015, 9:36 a.m.
Seabrook, Texas - Close to 14,000 guests visited the Lakewood Yacht Club May 2 through May 3 for the 20th Annual Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance. Dennis Gage, host of Velocity's "My Classic Car", served as the 2015 Grand Marshal. "My Classic Car" filmed an episode throughout the weekend for its upcoming season. Keith Martin, Publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine and star of the TV program, "What's My Car Worth", served as the Master of Ceremonies for the 7th consecutive year.
Together Gage and Martin welcomed visitors to experience the beauty and rarity of 300 hand-selected classic automobiles and vintage wooden boats. In honor of the 20th anniversary, Keels & Wheels invited the "Best of the Best" show winners from years past to display their classics and included the marques of Packard and Mustang for automobiles and Garwood and Hacker for boat classics. The diversity of entries allowed guests to view iconic cars and boats such as the Batmobile, Clark Gable's 1952 Jaguar XK 120, the USS Arizona Battleship Replica and Margaret Dunning's 1930 Packard Convertible Roadster.
The opening of Keels and Wheels on Saturday, May 2, attracted a record-breaking number of guests. Competitors from throughout the United States brought their cherished classic automobiles and wooden boats to the picturesque bay for judging in 79 classes. The concours boater award ceremony took place Saturday afternoon. Terry Fiest served as the 2015 Chief Boat Judge alongside co-founder Paul Merryman and several distinguished judges, to award Best in Show for the small boat category to Doug Morin of Bay City, MI for his beautiful 1930 Hacker Craft. Judges also prized a spectacular 1941 Elco owned by Jim and Nelda Blair, of The Woodlands, TX for Best in Show in the big boat category. The coveted Best of the Best Award for Small Boat was given to Clay & Patty Thompson of Altus, Oklahoma for their 1930 Chris Craft, "3 Wishes". The Best of the Best for Large Boat was given to Lee Anderson of Naples, Florida for "Tolka", a 1928 Limosine Launch.
The Concours reopened to the public for its second day of fun-filled activities on Sunday, May 3. Visitors experienced tours of a Coast Guard Cutter, a tiki bar by the water and autograph sessions with Dennis Gage. Children also had a chance to participate hands on in the "Kids Build a Boat" event in which the finished boat with oars was given to one of the participating builders through a raffle drawing.
The car award ceremony also took place mid-afternoon where Concours Chairman, Bob Fuller and Keith Martin, Master of Ceremonies, awarded Frank Rubino of Pinecrest, FL with the Best of Show - European award for his 1950 Aston Martin DB2. Joseph A. Scott won the Best of Show - American award for his 1930 Cadillac 452 Series. The Best of the Best European Automobile was awarded to Peter Mullin, of Oxnard, California for his 1939 Bugatti Aravis. Richard and Irina Mitchell of Montgomery, Texas were awarded the Best of the Best American Automobile for their 1930 Stutz Lancefield. The full winner's list is available at www.keels-wheels.com.
This event is made possible with the support from sponsors Lincoln Motor Company, City of Seabrook, Old Iron Works, BayWay Auto Group, Bentley Houston, City of Nassau Bay, Raymond James & Associates, the Albemarle Foundation, DriverSource, Reliable Carriers, Inc., Fishbone Energy Services / Safety Solutions, The Yacht Sales Company, Evergreen Industrial Services and numerous other sponsors.
All proceeds from the 2015 event benefitted the Boys and Girls Harbor, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis. For more information please visit www.keels-wheels.com or follow us on Facebook.