Museum to roll out Ford & Chevy Auto Spectacular

Posted May 23, 2011, at 11:34 p.m.

OWLS HEAD — Classic cars, antique airplanes will highlight the action at the Owls Head Transportation Museums Ford and Chevy Auto Spectacular and Antique Aeroplane Show Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29.  Owners of pre-1991 cars, trucks and motorcycles, of any make or model, may exhibit their vehicles on the museum’s Runway 17. Ford and Chevrolet are the featured marques. Exhibitors and a guest will be admitted in free of charge.

In addition to a large number of exhibitor vehicles, several of the museum’s antique automobiles will be on display on Runway 17 including its 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster and 1940 Ford Woodie Station Wagon. Sponsors Fuller Chevrolet-GMC and Rockland Ford will display 2011 vehicles.

The museum will set aside an area for children to exhibit their “wheels, such as” bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc., near Kids Corral pedal car area.  Special children’s activities, including a styrofoam airplane-building workshop, and museum tours are planned. Admission is free to children under 18.

The museum will demonstrate a few of its turn-of-the-century automobiles and give free rides in Ford Model Ts.

This event is also Corporate Appreciation Day and the museum has invited all its corporate supporters, their employees and families to attend free of charge, as a thank you for their membership support.

The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting.  Aircraft conservator Karl Erickson and a team of volunteers have been working to get 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 seeing action will be the 1917 Nieuport 28C.1, 1916 Sopwith Pup and of course, the 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron), among others.  An open flightline will allow visitors to get an up-close look at the planes as well as talk to the pilots.

Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the museum’s indoor collection of dozens of  antique cars and pioneer aeroplanes. The museum is putting the final touches on its newest exhibit, “MGs and Micro Cars” featuring more than 20 unique and endearing vehicles.

Event admission is $12, free to children under 18. The museum’s newly expanded museum store will be open.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Food and refreshments will be available. Pets are not allowed in the museum or outdoor exhibit area.

For more information, call 594-4418 or visit