The 34th annual “Old Fashioned Day in the Park,” featuring a dozen restored wooden power yachts spanning four decades and vintage automobiles, will be held Sunday, July 26th at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.
The yachts and automobiles, along with unique yesteryear displays, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park. This year’s yachts will again include the 1930 Elco Riptide, “star” of the 1980s TV show, J. Paul Getty’s 105-foot Sobre Las Olas, built in 1929, as well as other pre-war and mid-century classics by Chris Craft, Stephens and others.
For more than three decades, the Old Fashioned Day in the Park has featured sparkling varnished classic yachts from the first half of the 20th century and gleaming chrome of vintage automobiles.
The event is co-sponsored by the Classic Yacht Association, www.classicyacht.org/, and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.
“The event is free to the public, and we love to share our passion for these unique treasures of maritime architecture,” said longtime Marina del Rey resident Christine Rohde, rear commodore of Southern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association. Rohde’s 1950 Chris Craft Catalina Sparkle will be on display.
“It is our responsibility as caretakers to maintain, enjoy and share them.”
Formed in Southern California in 1970, the Classic Yacht Association’s mission is to perpetuate the care and restoration of these vintage wooden power boats. This year the association has become international with a newly chartered Canadian Fleet.
The association has more than 500 classics registered throughout North America. While many members own classic or vintage yachts, anyone with an appreciation of old boats and who enjoys the camaraderie of fellow yachtsmen is welcome as an affiliate member
Member vessels are required to be of good design, construction and maintenance and show no external alterations that distract from the designer’s original intent. Vessels built prior to 1942 represent designs and construction methods that were unique to that era and are referred to as “classic,” according to the association. The group considers boats built from 1943 through 1959 as “vintage.”
Information, www.classicyacht.org/, or (310) 578-8222.