Truck & Tractor Meet at transportation museum
OWLS HEAD — People who love antique trucks of all shapes and sizes will not want to miss the Owls Head Transportation Museum's Antique Truck & Tractor Meet & Aeroplane Show on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Also featured will be commercial and military vehicles, as well as vintage earth-moving construction equipment.
More than 250 antique trucks and tractors from all over New England are expected for the event, including members of the Pine Tree Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society and Maine Antique Tractor Club. Anyone with a pre-1992 truck or tractor may exhibit free of charge.
“The Truck & Tractor Meet is always a crowd-pleaser,” said museum Director Charles Chiarchiaro. “Whether it's a large 18-wheeler or an antique pickup truck, these vehicles always put smiles on people's faces.”
Tractors will be a featured attraction Saturday and Sunday during an antique tractor parade. Everything from vintage lawn mowers to farm tractors are invited to make a tour around the museum's tarmac.
The museum is also inviting owners of military vehicles and commercial vehicles to be part of the event. This show traditionally draws some unique commercial vehicles as well, including vintage fire trucks, ambulances and delivery vans.
Members of the Maine Antique Power Association have also been invited to display and demonstrate their engines during the two-day event.
Owners of pre-1992 vehicles — of any make or model — are also 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.
Vote for your favorite truck or tractor. All attendees will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for either the People's Choice awards.
This year the museum has opened its annual Saturday night Truck Meet Exhibitor Dinner to the general public. Included in the evening's festivities will be a country buffet. The fun begins at 5 pm. Tickets are $25 each.
As part of the 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 the popular styrofoam airplane-building workshop — and museum tours are planned. Young children can practice their driving skills in the Kids Corral area, which features pedal cars and pedal planes.
The antique aeroplane 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 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, 1916 Sopwith Pup and of course, the 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron) 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 aeroplanes. The museum's newest exhibition MGs & Microcars showcases a unique collection of vehicles from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
Event admission is $12 for adults. Children under 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 the 1941 Stearman. Drawings are held 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.