The 29th annual Old Fashioned Day in the Park, a day where Burton Chace Park and the Marina will be filled with classic cars, steam engines and yachts from the first half of the 20th century, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24th, at Burton Chace Park 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. Admission is free.
Each year at Old Fashioned Day in the park, the boat slips adjacent to Burton Chace Park fill up with restored pre-World War II yachts. The yachts are up to 85 feet long and are open for free tours. Antique cars, ship models and farm machinery displays will be scattered throughout the park.
Visitors to Marina del Rey and Burton Chace Park will soon get a taste of what things might have looked like had the local yachting community existed in the first half of the 20th century.
A steam launch will give free rides in the Marina harbor.
The show is organized and yachts and cars are chosen by the Southern California Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association, under the direction of Jim Butz.
The Classic Yacht Association’s main focus is promoting awareness and appreciation of the classic yacht. The organization organizes yachting events and social activities that focus on the craftsmanship and design of the classic era of yachts.
Until recently, for a vessel to be affiliated with the Classic Yacht Association, it must have been built in 1942 or earlier and must show no external alterations that distract from the designer’s original intent.
Now, the Classic Yacht Association, at its January meeting, decided to allow boats built before December 31st, 1959, into the club.
“There’s a distinct difference between pre- and post-war boats,” says Christine Rohde, rear commodore of the Classic Yacht Association. “For one, the pre-war boats had a vertical plumb bow, while the manufacturers started pulling in the bows, making streamlined, more angled bows in the 1950s.
Within the association, boats built after 1942 are called “vintage” while boats built before 1942 are “classics,” Rohde says.
The group had previously excluded vessels built after 1942, because that was the year that the manufacture of pleasure crafts was suspended in the United States due to resources needed for World War II.
Popular manufacturers of the classic yacht, including Stephens, Matthews and Lake Union, are represented at Old Fashioned Day in the Park.
The group started in 1970 in Long Beach.
Information, (310) 578-8222.