February 17, 2018
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Trucks, Tractors and Commercial Vehicles take over Owls Head this weekend

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Antique truck, tractor and commercial vehicle enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s Antique Truck, Tractor and Commercial Vehicle Show on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21. 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 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.

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, construction vehicles, pickups and fire trucks of multiple incarnations. Both restored and original trucks will be on display at the truck meet.

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 the Museum campus at noon during both days of the show.

A memorial flyover in honor of the late Dave Mauro, a truck enthusiast and long time friend of the Owls Head Transportation Museum, is planned for Sunday, July 21 at noon (weather permitting). The 2013 Truck, Tractor and Commercial Vehicle Meet is dedicated to Mauro.

Hundreds of antique trucks and tractors from all over New England 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, Tractor and Commercial Vehicle Meet historically attracts exhibitors from all across the Northeast and beyond. Anyone with a pre-1993 truck or tractor is encouraged to exhibit.

Members of the Maine Antique Power Association have also been invited to display and demonstrate their engines during the two-day event.

The Museum is welcoming owners of military vehicles and commercial vehicles to participate in this event. This show traditionally draws some unique commercial vehicles as well, including vintage fire trucks, ambulances and delivery vans.

Owners of pre-1993 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. Additionally, we fly early, so arriving in the morning ensures the best opportunity to glimpse our vintage aircraft in action.

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!

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.

Museum staff will demonstrate a broad array of trucks and commercial vehicles from the collection, including our 1910 Buick truck, 1930 Ford Model A truck, 1906 Autocar and 1908 Chase among the list of sensational ground vehicles slated for demonstration at the event.

The Vet Center Community Outreach Vehicle will be present throughout the weekend providing an array of support and outreach services for veterans.

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 flight line provides an opportunity for visitors to see, hear and experience the planes close up and visit with our pilots.

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 throughout the July and August. Programming is varied, and a morning and afternoon workshop session will be offered each day, Tuesday through Saturday. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, 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.