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Don’t miss the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Truck and Tractor Show July 19 and 20

Posted July 17, 2014, at 11 a.m.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 2014 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Owls Head Transportation Museum, 177 Museum St. , Owls Head, Maine

For more information: 207-594-4418; owlshead.org

Antique truck, tractor and commercial vehicle enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s annual Truck and Tractor show on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. During this highly anticipated weekend Owls Head is transformed into the center of the universe for antique truck and tractor enthusiasts. Also featured at this exciting two-day event will be commercial and military vehicles, as well as vintage earth-moving construction equipment. This event is sponsored by Cushing Diesel, The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society and Freightliner of Maine.

This impressive display of trucks, tractors and commercial vehicles of all kinds is complemented by an antique aeroplane show (weather permitting).

Show hours are 9:00 am until 3:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The Owls Head Transportation Museum will observe standard closing time, remaining open until 5:00 pm both days. Owners of pre-1994 vehicles are also welcome to exhibit at this and all other Museum (non-auction) events at no charge, though the focus of this event is largely on trucks. Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of exhibiting vehicles, exhibitor gates open at 8:00 a.m.

Vintage commercial vehicles and trucks from marques including Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, Mack, International, Kenworth, Peterbilt, Autocar, Diamond T and more will be represented at the truck meet. A diverse showing will include examples ranging from local delivery trucks and construction vehicles, to pickups and fire engines. Both restored and original trucks will be represented at the meet. Truck Show sponsor Freightliner of Maine will be exhibiting their 2015 Cascadia model truck, this is the company’s most aerodynamic and fuel efficient truck to date.

Antique tractors from classic manufacturers including John Deere, Farmall, Oliver and Case will be showcased at this exciting weekend-long event. As is tradition with the Truck, Tractor and Commercial Vehicle Meet, an antique tractor parade will take place on Museum grounds during both days of the show.

Hundreds of antique trucks and tractors from all over New England and beyond are expected for the event, including friends from the local Pine Tree Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society along with members of both the Granite State and Green Mountain Chapters. The Truck and Tractor show historically attracts exhibitors from all across the Northeast and beyond. Anyone with a pre-1994 truck or tractor is encouraged to exhibit.

In keeping with truck show tradition visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy live music at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19. Rose and the Wayfaring Strangers, a favorite local band, will be performing on Runway 17.

In addition to an assortment of classic trucks, tractors, military equipment and commercial vehicles, an array of family activities will include vehicle demonstrations, children’s educational activities, our popular pedal car kiddie corral, free Model T rides and (weather permitting) antique aeroplane demonstrations. Remember, we fly early, so try to get to the Museum in the morning to see our planes in action!

By popular demand and with support from Higmo’s Lumber our kids “Touch-a-Truck” program will return. With parental supervision, children will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with a big rig, as a truck will be on hand for kids to explore.

Antique aeroplane demonstrations will commence weather permitting and planes planned for demonstration include our 1930 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air D-4000 Speedwing , our 1917 SPAD in its new checkerboard paint scheme, our 1933 Waco, our 1918 Standard J-1 and our beloved 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron). Open flightline is scheduled on each afternoon during the show and provides an opportunity for visitors to see, hear and experience the planes close up and visit with our pilots.

We fly early so plan to visit in the morning to see the antique aeroplane show.

Ground Vehicle Conservator Warren Kincaid said a number of museum collection vehicles will be demonstrated and may include our 1932 Ford Cragar Racer, 1885 Benz replica, 1910 Buick Truck, 1913 Rolls-Royce Tourer, 1933 Pierce Arrow, 1958 BMW Isetta and many more.

Tickets to the 2014 Barnstormers Ball fundraising gala on August 23 are now on sale! Guests will dance the night away while enjoying bespoke cocktails, beer by Gritty McDuffs and hors d’oeuvres by Rockland’s Café Miranda. This ritzy affair is set to the backdrop of our dazzling collection of WWI era aircraft and ground vehicles. WWI aircraft flyovers, a specialty silent auction headlined by a CedarWorks play set and music by Tony Boffa Music Presents: The Carmine Terracciano Band add panache to this 1920s-themed gala. The winner of a 1951 MG TD will be drawn.

Tickets are available online and at the museum for both the Barnstormers Ball and MG TD raffle, they are $100 each. A limited number will be sold. Proceeds benefit Museum education efforts.

Vehicles will be exhibited on the Museum’s Runway 17, and the Museum will be open so that visitors can tour the collection and exhibits, including our newest exhibition Faster: The Quest for Speed (opening June 12) which highlights the rich history of motor vehicle racing in New England and beyond. Highlights of the exhibition include a Michael Schumacher driven Ferrari F2002 Formula 1 car and the world’s second-oldest Duesenberg, a 1915 “Benedict Special” racer.

Admission is $16 for adults, and children under 18 are admitted to the Museum and show free of charge. Delicious refreshments including sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and lobster rolls catered by French & Brawn Catering and Market Place will be available for purchase at the Museum’s Caboose Café during both days of the show. No pets are allowed in the Museum or on show grounds. Any visitor who renews their membership or purchases a new membership on the day of an event is entered in a drawing for a ride in the Museum’s 1941 Stearman Biplane. One winner is drawn at noon and one at 3:00 p.m. each day of the event.

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