The world comes to Owls HeadForeign Auto Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show
More than 150 antique automobiles from around the world will rally at Owls Head Transportation Museum Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7 for the museum's annual Foreign Auto Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show.
This annual event attracts pre-1992 foreign car enthusiasts from all over the state — from luxury sedans to the high-performance sports cars. The variety can be impressive: Austin Healey, MG, Triumph, Porsche, Ferrari, Citroen, Mercedes, BMW, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar and more. The show draws a large number of Japanese models as well. Owners of pre-1992 cars and trucks (of any make) are welcome to exhibit at this and all other museum (non-auction) events at no charge. Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of exhibiting vehicles
This year MG is the featured marque. MGs of any year are welcome to exhibit on Runway 17 for free. Free admission includes the driver and one passenger.
Car clubs make this event a regular part of their fall tour schedule. On Saturday, 50 or more members of the Down East Region of the Porsche Club of America and the Mid Maine Sports Car Club are expected with their vehicles.
As part of each day’s activities the museum will actively demonstrate a few of its turn-of-the-century automobiles as well as give free rides in Ford Model Ts. Special children’s activities — including our popular plane-building activity — and museum tours are planned. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Young children can practice their driving skills in the Kids corral area, which features pedal cars and pedal planes.
The antique airplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. Aircraft conservator Karl Erickson and a team of volunteers have been working tirelessly on getting the museum's fleet of of World War I-era biplanes ready to take to the skies. Back on the flight line will be the 1917 Curtiss JN-4 or "Jenny" made popular by barnstormers of the 1920s. Also seeing action will be the 1917 Nieuport 28C.1 and 1916 Sopwith Pup, among others. An open flightline will allow visitors to get an up close look at the planes as well as talk to the pilots.
Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the museum’s indoor collection of dozens of antique cars and airplanes. The Museum 's newest exhibition MGs & Microcars showcasing a unique collection of vehicles from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
Event admission is $12 for adults. Children younger than 18 and museum members are free. All new and renewing members who sign up at the event will be entered in a drawing for a biplane ride aboard our 1941 Stearman. Drawings are at noon and at 3 p.m. The museum store will be open and features a large inventory of books, diecast models, children’s items and more.
Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Food and refreshments, provided by French & Brawn Marketplace, will be available at the Caboose. Pets are not allowed in the museum or outdoor exhibit area.
Open daily, year round, the Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum St. (off Route 73), two miles south of Rockland. For more information call 594-4418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.