“Sneak peek” at the Summer cover of our magazine

Here’s a “sneak peek” at the cover of our Summer issue, which we’ll begin circulating the middle of next week — in print and a digital edition for smartphones, tablets and desktops. This is the iconic Thunderbird speedboat, which is expected to return to the lake next month after a long hiatus, thanks to a wetter winter, a new bottom, and engine repairs — a yachting “scoop.” Casino magnate Bill Harrah, who bought the boat from real-estate tycoon George Whittell in the ’60s, called her “his 70-mile-per-hour cocktail lounge.”

The photographer is our friend Steven Lapkin. A native of Northern California, Steve works on behalf of Sailing World, Yachting and Sailingmagazine.net, among other publications. His portfolio features imagery of the classic wooden speedboats of Lake Tahoe, America’s Cup Regattas, Key West Race Week, Whidbey Island Race Week and other marquee boating events.


Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

2 thoughts on ““Sneak peek” at the Summer cover of our magazine”

  1. Great to see the Thunderbird back on the water. What a boat! Haven’t seen it for a few years but it should be on the water in time for the Wood Boat show in August at Homewood.

    1. Yes, the plan is for the Thunderbird to be at the show, its owners told me. It’s in the introduction to our magazine. BTW, Roy Dryer’s poster art for the Concours d’Elegance is outstanding, as usual. He shared it with me ahead of time, so we could include it in the magazine. The theme of this year’s show is Chris-Craft runabouts. I found a couple in Loomis who owns one that was featured on a U.S. postage stamp!

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