Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and many more cartoon favorites, was so tired of waking up to the sound of motorboats on Big Bear Lake he wrote a song to vent his frustration — “Big Bear Lake (with the motor boats a-puttin’).” Mel’s son, Noel, will show his father’s boat, Bugs Bunny, at the Antique Wooden Boat Show Saturday, Aug. 19.
“This is our 34th year up here, which is probably one of the longest-running boat shows of anywhere in the United States,” said event chair Charlie Brewster of the Southern California chapter of the Antique Classic Boat Society.
About 30 boats are on display at the end of the pier at Pine Knot Marina from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most are wooden ones by Chris-Craft and other manufacturers. This year a few of the boats on display are fiberglass, such as a 1957 Glastron. “There are a lot of people coming into the club with their fiberglass boats now,” Brewster said. “That’s what they remember as kids.”
Brewster owns a 1940 Chris-Craft 23-foot Barrelback with a triple cockpit, one of only 12 in existence. “When the water was up, I used to take it out every day,” Brewster said. “The fishermen would wave at me. I’m not sure if it was the whole hand — these boats put out a pretty good wake.”
Brewster’s son, Craig, owns and shows a 1955 Chris-Craft 18-foot Cobra. “It’s won a bunch of first place awards about five years ago at Lake Tahoe,” Charlie said. It is also on display.
Possibly the rarest boat on display is the Step In Again-1, a 26-foot…
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