May 26, 2018
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Museum show features aircraft, custom rides

OWLS HEAD, Maine — The Owls Head Transportation Museum celebrates America’s passion for cars with its Custom Vehicles & Antique Aeroplane Show on Sunday, June 14. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.

Colorful is the word Charles Chiarchiaro, museum director, uses to describe this annual event.

“We’ll have everything from 1930s hot rods to 1970s muscle cars, plus many custom creations that have evolved,” he said. “They all combine to make this one of our most popular events.”

From hot rods to tuners, motorcycles to bicycles, classic vehicle owners are invited to show off their custom ride. Although the theme is custom vehicles, owners of pre-1989 vehicles are always welcome to exhibit at this and all other nonauction museum events at no charge.

New this year, the museum will set aside an area for children to exhibit their wheels — bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc. — near its “Kids Corral” pedal car area. The museum offers free admission for all children under age 18 through December.

Members of Wicked Good Racing and the Maine Vintage Race Car Association will be on hand with their cars, as will some of Maine’s former vintage race car drivers.

Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite custom vehicle. Categories include both People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice awards.

The museum will demonstrate a few of its turn-of-the-century automobiles and give free rides in Ford Model T’s. Children’s activities and museum tours also are planned.

The antique airplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. Aircraft conservator Karl Erickson and a team of volunteers have been working on getting the museum’s fleet of World War I-era biplanes ready to take to the skies. Back on the flight line will be the 1917 Curtiss JN-4 or “Jenny” made popular by barnstormers of the 1920s. Also flying will be the 1917 Nieuport 28C.1, 1916 Sopwith Pup and the 1917 Fokker Dr.I triplane (aka the Red Baron). An open flight line will allow visitors to get a close look at the planes and talk to the pilots.

Coastal plane rides aboard the museum’s 1941 Stearman and 1933 Waco biplanes and 1978 Piper Super Cub are sold to members only.

Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the museum’s indoor collection of antique cars and pioneer airplanes. The museum will showcase its newest exhibit, Horse Power, featuring horse-drawn vehicles used in transportation and commerce.

Admission is $12 for adults. The museum’s newly expanded museum store will be open. Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of vehicles.

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