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HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA - There's nothing quite like the massive Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show. It's a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and absolutely unique show and tell spectacle featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The world's coolest cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors, and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays celebrating mechanical ingenuity, power and style.

To top it off, the world's most powerful air raid siren will signal the start of this year's 18th annual show, taking place on Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport. The show benefits the Coastside Adult Day Health Center in Half Moon Bay.

Headline attractions scheduled to appear include thrilling, high-flying freestyle Motocross exhibitions by HiRise FMX; military aviation wonders "Heavenly Body" - a historic B-25 Bomber from World War II, P-51 Mustangs, Hawker Seafury British Fighter, P-40 "Flying Tiger", and YAK Russian fighters; Max Loffgren's POW/MIA '55 Chevy dragster, built as a tribute to the 3,500+ American servicemen and women listed of prisoners of war or missing in action from the Vietnam War; AAA Greenlight Initiative "Green Machines" display of clean technology/alternative fuel vehicles; Stanford's Solar Race Car "Equinox"; the Blastolene Brothers extreme, mega-modified machines; ace aerobatics pilot Eddie Andreini; and

"World Record Wonderland" headed by record-setting dragster "The Flying Fortress" - the world's fastest non-supercharged, front engine slingshot dragster and the lightning fast, super sleek BuddFab Motorcycle Streamliner.

Proud owners show up in cars that come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Spectators will get a rare up-close look at antique horseless carriages and Ford Model T's, fanciful touring and luxury cars, powerful sports cars, custom cars and street rods, muscle cars, vintage and modern era high-performance race cars, quirky art and pedal cars, modified street machines with cutting edge styles, exotic high-performance cars, stylish European cars, ultra cool low-riders, sporty compacts, modified imports with flashy graphics, fashionable hip-hop urban show cars, homebuilt kit cars, super-charged turbo cars and trucks, "green" technology / alternative fuel vehicles, streamliners, dragsters, funny cars, gassers, and jet cars.

Hundreds of aviation wonders are expected to be on display - stylish homebuilts, classics from the 40's and 50's, exceptional vintage warbirds, and sport and ultralight aircraft. See a spectacular display of meticulously restored military marvels including the B-25 Bomber, P-51 Mustangs, Hawker Seafury British Fighter, P-40 "Flying Tiger", T-6 and T-28 military trainers, YAK Russian fighters, and Hiller Aviation Museum's vintage DC-3. Helicopter and bi-plane rides will be available for $50 to $100.

The most curious and fascinating displays are the large and small engines collected and refurbished by members of the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association. Their amazing array of flywheel engines are enough to power antique washing machines, lawn mowers, and an entire a Lilliputian factory. On the larger side are several pieces from Roots of Motive Power's collection of restored logging equipment, like spool donkeys and Buffalo Springfield steamrollers.

Rounding out the activities will be radical Unicycle Dirt Drag Racing, amusements for kids, food, and live music headlined by Americana legend Bill Kirchen and Celtic folk band Claddagh.

Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $10 for age 11-17 and 65+, and free for kids age 10 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

By Tony Leopardo AutoWire.Net - San Francisco


Byline: Event Review provided by Tony Leopardo AutoWire.Net
Column Name: The 18th Annual showcase of motorized mechanical marvels
Topic: The 2008 Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show
Word Count:  677
Photo Caption: The 2008 Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show
Photo Credits: Miramare Events Internet Media
Series #:  2008 - 20

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