El Lagarto at Tumblehome

May 14, 2015
Reuben Smith

This September 17-20, a fleet of historic and reproduction raceboats will meet on Lake George, NY, for the 80th anniversary of the Gold Cup victory by El Lagarto. El Lagarto, the Leaping Lizard of Lake George, driven by George Reis and his riding mechanic Anderson Bowers, porpoised her way around the course to win her third straight Cup in 1935. At the tender age of thirteen, and running an older, normally aspirated Packard, she was able to hold off the latest in supercharged engines and hull design.

Now part of the Adirondack Museum’s collection, El Lagarto remains an icon of American boating history. She was from an era when raceboats were required to be ‘sensible’, and have niceties such as a forward cockpit and a reverse gear. Building up to the September event, El Lagarto will leave her prominent display at the museum for the first time in 50 years. She is coming to Tumblehome Boatshop, for a sensitive, non-destructive refinishing, and minor repairs and corrections.

After that work, she will go on display in the Tumblehome’s new showcase space, the Boathouse, where she can be visited by the public from early July through to Columbus Day 2015.

Events around this historic boat are being planned, so stay tuned for details and visit www.lakegeorgegoldcup.com to learn more about the Lake George Gold Cup Festival.

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© Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection