9th annual Mahogany & Merlot roars to life on Saturday and Sunday

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by richard Uhlhorn


Up to 11 old classic unlimted hydroplanes will be in Chelan this coming weekend and will provide lots of thunder as they go out and run exhibition laps. Mitch Evans is bringing his own unlimited, the Blue Chip

The 9th annual Mahogany & Merlot Wooden Boat Show will roar to life at Don Morse Memorial Park’s Boat Launch on Saturday morning, October 6 and carry through to Sunday, October 7. Presented by the PNW Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this year’s show should be an absolute win-win for Chelan.


Along with the unlimited hydros, there will be up to 20 vintage hydros also running exhibition laps on the lake.

This year’s event will include up to 11 unlimited vintage hydroplanes, up to 20 limited vintage racing boats from individual owners and the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum along with 20 to 30 gorgeously restored and maintained wooden boats.


This year’s car show will feature a number of classic and modern vehicles.

In addition, there will be a car show in the upper parking lot at the marina featuring vintage cars.

“There will be two pits this year,” said John Walcker, one of the organizers of the event. The normal pit will be at the Lake Chelan Marina and an additional pit will be located at the Three Fingers. “We have so many boats coming that we had to split the pits because of crowding,” said Walcker.

20 to 30 beautiful classic wooden boats will also be on
display throughout the weekend.

Pit passes will be available to the general public for $10. It’s a great way to get up close and see these magnificent machines and interact with the drivers and pit crews.


There will also be a beer garden featuring ales from Mack & Jacks, wine from Vin du Lac and spirits from Blue Spirits.

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Author: allthingslakechelan

I have been a journalist, photojournalist and reporter in the Lake Chelan Valley since 1988; first with the Wenatchee World, then 15 years at the Lake Chelan Mirror and another 12 years at GoLakeChelan. Currently, I am semi-retired but can't give up the media gig which is why I started All Things Lake Chelan blog. I also have two social media platforms; allthingslakechelan/facebook and lakechelansportsandrecration/facebook. I am also a professional photographer with many credits with major outlets around the world.

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