More than 2,000 motorized mechanical marvels
running the gamut from classic cars, U.S. Army tanks, and antique motorcycles to restored
military aircraft, model-T fire engines, and plodding steam tractors will be spread out
over hundreds of acres at the airport at this giant 14th annual show, which benefits the
Coastside Adult Day Health Center in Half Moon Bay.
Automobile enthusiasts will get an up-close look at rare motor
vehicles from every era since their invention. "From A to Z, we've got autophiles
covered," said show organizer Bob Senz. "You'll see everything from Austin
American roadsters to Lincoln Zephyr coupes and everything in between."
The free-form nature of the show is one of its signature
attractions. It's common to see an impeccable Packard right next to a well-worn Chevy
Malibu or a spotless custom Ford coupe alongside a classic convertible Corvette. "For
car lovers, the Dream Machines Show is a living history museum," said Senz.
Antique, vintage and classic cars will include horseless carriages
alongside fanciful touring, luxury, and sports cars. Custom street rods and muscle cars
will flaunt their machismo and fabulous details. And an awesome collection of race cars
will be displayed with a bone-chilling assortment of dragsters, funny cars, gassers, and
jet cars firing up their engines.
Hundreds of aviation wonders will be on display, ranging from
stylish homebuilts and classics from the 40's and 50's to meticulously restored warbirds.
Among the featured military aircraft will be a P-40 fighter plane (featuring it's famous
Shark teeth design) used pre World War 2 and in World War 2, P-51 Mustang fighters, a TBM
World War 2 fighter/bomber, F-4 World War 2 fighter, YAK Russian fighters, a Hawker
Seafury World War 2 fighter, The Albatross, a huge 1930's era sea transport plane, T-6 and
T-28 military trainers. Rides will also be available in a helicopter, Stearman and Waco
bi-planes, and a Beech 18. Rides range from $30-$75.
Rounding out the show will be a tractor-pull competition, a
fascinating array of small and large gas engines and steam tractors, amusements for kids,
food, and live music. Show registration fee is $20 ($25 after April 15), and includes a
dash plaque and entitles the driver and one passenger admission to the event. Spectator
admission is $15 for adults, $5 for age 5-14 and 65+, and free for kids age 4 and under.
Tickets are available at the gate only. Half Moon Bay Airport is located on Highway 1,
about 20 miles south of San Francisco and 5 miles north of Highway 92. For information,
call 650-726-2328 or check out www.miramarevents.com