Keels & Wheels celebrates Indy’s 100th

Save the Date: April 30-May 1, 2011

Seabrook, Texas, nestled on the western shore of Galveston Bay is the home of Lakewood Yacht Club and Keels & Wheels. Lakewood is a secluded secret on the eastern end of Clear Lake, consisting of 38 acres of beautiful grounds covered with 100 year old oak trees surrounding a large harbor ringed with stately Palm trees and a marina home to almost 400 sleek and graceful private yachts.

The oak tree covered grounds around the clubhouse are sprinkled with 200 of the world’s finest classic automobiles, the large protected harbor hosts and invasion fleet of over 100 of the most beautiful vintage wooden boats, large and small.

The nation’s first and now largest gathering of classics, cars and boats, automotive and marine, takes place each spring only minutes away from NASA’s headquarters and Houston, the nations 3rd largest Metroplex.

Magic is in the air as collectors from all over the United States find their way to this small beautiful piece of paradise known as Lakewood. The predetermined placement of each car and boat for display resembles a meticulous choreography. The cast in this ballet includes over 300 Lakewood members with well rehearsed roles, whose goal is to make the participating collectors, sponsors and spectators feel welcome and at home, while enjoying a world-class concours experience.

Keels & Wheels established itself among the nations top concours events while in pursuit of multiple goals. The goals include raising significant funds for the charities the show supports, nearly $1 million so far, while producing the best possible event that would draw participants and spectators from every corner of the country and even Europe. Side benefits have included an economic impact of over $3.5 Million each year on the local community while simultaneously raising national awareness of Seabrook.

Now comes the 16th year with a tribute to 100 years of Indianapolis racing and Century Boats. Additional displays include early 1900s examples of electric automobiles, cars of the stars, ’50s classics, street rods, Italian exotics, Brass era classics and the heavy classics like Duesenberg, Packard, Bugatti, Pierce Arrow and others most people have never seen or heard of.

The combined efforts of almost 1,000 people, some local, others from throughout the country, will come together the weekend of April 30-May 1 to present to the public an incredible array of classic cars and boats. You will not want to miss this once a year event. You can entertain yourself, your family and friends while helping fund the critical efforts of Boys & Girls Harbor. Don’t miss it.

Keels & Wheels has attracted the participation of some famous special guests as Grand Marshal. They include actors Cliff Robertson and Ed Herrmann, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, author Clive Cussler and racing car greats Sir Stirling Moss and Carroll Shelby.

Major sponsors include Title Sponsors Fidelity Investors and the City of Seabrook. Presenting sponsor Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz has donated a 2011 C-Class Mercedes to be raffled on behalf of Boys & Girls Harbor.

Our co-host in 2011 will be the South West Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS). Led by Chapter President Robert Black, the ACBS is responsible for providing the incredible display of vintage wooden boats seen at each Keels & Wheels Concours. ACBS enjoys an international membership of over 8000 enthusiasts dedicated to promoting a continued interest in the preservation of historic, antique and classic boats. Their goal is to ensure that future generations have the opportunity to appreciate, own, operate and enjoy the wonderful examples of the golden age of classic boat design and engineering. Become a member of ACBS.

For more information, visit www.keels-wheels.com.

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