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Owls Head Transportation Museum to host ’50s and ’60s Car Meet and Antique Aeroplane show

Posted July 05, 2013, at 9:28 a.m.
Last modified July 05, 2013, at 10:25 a.m.

Experience a glimpse into the days of fuzzy dice and big fins at the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s Fabulous ’50s, Sensational ’60s Car Meet and Antique Aeroplane Show, Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7. Often referred to as the automobile industry’s most stylish decades, vehicles produced during the 1950s and 1960s are always crowd pleasers.

Owners of 1950s and 1960s vehicles and all organized automobile clubs are invited to exhibit their vehicles on Runway 17, the Museum’s family-friendly outdoor exhibit area. While the theme of this popular show is ’50s and ’60s vehicles, guests arriving in their pre-1993 vehicles receive free admission at this show and all other Museum (non-auction) events. Exhibitor gates open at 8:30 am.

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.

In addition to an assortment of classic vehicles, an array of family activities will include vehicle demonstrations, dirt track racers, 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!

Our popular Kid Corral pedal car area will be open all day Saturday and Sunday so that children can practice their driving prowess in our collection of fun pedal cars.

Weather permitting, Owls Head Transportation Museum Aircraft Conservator Karl Erickson and our team of dedicated aviation workshop volunteers and pilots will demonstrate our unrivalled collection of antique aircraft. The most recent addition to our aircraft collection, the last surviving 1930 Pitcairn PA-7S Sport Mailwing, will take to the skies, and additional planes that may fly for demonstrations include the Museum’s 1941 Stearman, our 1933 Waco, our 1916 Sopwith Pup and our beloved 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron). Our open flightline provides an opportunity for visitors to see, hear and experience the planes close up and visit with our pilots.

Museum staff will demonstrate a broad array of vehicles from the collection including a 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom Derby tourer once owned by the original Hollywood “It” girl Clara Bow. Our 1932 Cragar Racer, 1932 Harley Davidson Model V motorcycle and 1926 Pierce Arrow are among the list of sensational ground vehicles slated for demonstration at the event. A special display will focus on the glory years of the iconic Thunderbird, featuring several examples from the mid-50s.

Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the Museum’s indoor collection featuring dozens of rare antique cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes. Guests will also have an opportunity to view the Museum’s exhibition, MGs & Microcars, showcasing a unique collection of more than 25 MGs and small cars from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s.

Admission is $12 for adults and, as always, children under 18 are admitted to the Museum and show free of charge. Refreshments catered by French & Brawn Catering and Market Place will be available for purchase at the Caboose 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 automatically entered in a drawing for a scenic ride in the Museum’s 1941 Stearman Biplane. One winner is drawn at noon and one at 3:00 pm each day of the event.

Be on the lookout for the exciting schedule of free children’s educational activities on offer at the Owls Head Transportation Museum daily throughout July and August. Programming is varied and a morning and afternoon workshop session will be offered each day, Tuesday through Saturday, pre-registration is required and adults accompanying children will be charged standard museum admission rates. For schedule information please call Owls Head Transportation Museum Education Director Ethan Yankura at (207) 594-4418.

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum Street in Owls Head, Maine, directly off of Route 73. The Museum is open seven days a week, year round. For more information please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at (207) 594-4418.

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