As many as 200 antique automobiles from around the world will rally Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10, at the Owls Head Transportation Museum at the annual Foreign Auto Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show.

Exhibitors of pre-1990 foreign vehicles and any year British marque are invited to exhibit free of charge.

The focus of activities Oct. 9, is an autocross on Runway 17 hosted by Tigers East/ Alpines East and the Mid-Maine Sports Car Club. As many as 35 vehicles will compete in a test of speed and driving prowess.

Oct. 10 will feature the traditional car rally for exhibitors of pre-1990 vehicles on Runway 17. In addition, British vehicles of any year, make or model are invited to exhibit free of charge. Exhibitors are welcome both days.

This year, Rootes United XXIX will host vehicles of the Rootes Group at Sunday’s rally. A 100 point concours will be held at that time. Approximately 60 vehicles are expected of the Rootes variety.

This annual event attracts 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, Volkswagen and more. The meet draws a large number of Japanese models as well.

Owners of pre-1990 vehicles 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.

The museum will set aside an area for children to exhibit “wheels” (i.e. bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc.) near its popular “Kids Corral” pedal car area.

As part of each day’s activities the museum will demonstrate a few of its turn-of-the-century automobiles and give free rides in Ford Model Ts. Special children’s activities, including the popular styrofoam plane building workshop, and museum tours are planned.

The antique aeroplane show will begin at 9:30 a.m., weather permitting. The museum’s fleet of of World War I-era biplanes will take to the skies, including 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 1917 Spad XIIIc.1, among others. An open flightline will allow visitors to get an up close look at the planes and speak with the pilots.

Coastal Biplane Rides aboard the museum’s 1941 Stearman and 1933 Waco biplanes and 1978 Piper Super Cub may be purchased by museum members at any time through the museum store. Rides are sold to members only. Ride certificates do not expire and are transferable. The Super Cub and Stearman carry one passenger. The price is $95 and $200 respectively. The Waco carries two passengers and costs $350.

Rain or shine, visitors will have access to the museum’s indoor collection of dozens of antique cars and aeroplanes. Current displays include an original 1850 Concord stagecoach, a full-scale reproduction of the Wright brothers 1903 Kitty Hawk Flyer and an elegant 1935 Duesenburg sedan. Several MGs from the 1930s, part of the museum’s upcoming MGs and Microcars exhibit, are also on display.

Admission is $12 for adults and free for children younger than 18. Gates open at 9:30 am. Food and refreshments will be available at the Squeaky Wheel. Pets are not allowed in the museum or outdoor exhibit area.

Owls Head Transportation Museum is at 117 Museum St. (off Route 73) in Owls Head, two miles south of Rockland. For more information, call 594-4418 or visit www.owlshead.org.