Classic cars, steam engines and assorted aerobatic aircraft performances will highlight the Owls Head Transportation Museum’s Wings & Wheels Spectacular Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4.

The event is the museum’s longest running event; the inaugural airshow, known affectionately as “The Rally,” was held in 1975.

Owners of pre-1993 vehicles arriving in their vintage automobiles are invited to exhibit at the show and at all other museum (non-auction) events. As always, exhibitors receive free admission.

This year’s event will feature a wide range of aerobatic performers displaying their talents in diverse aircraft including several aerobatic Pitts aircraft, a 450 HP Stearman biplane, an Ultimate biplane and the Salto Aerobatic Glider. The Museum’s collection of World War I era biplanes will be demonstrated throughout the morning.

An Aerobatic Air Show will be held both days from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with shows and special appearances by performers including Dan Marcotte, Bill Gordon, Kendal Simpson and Jim Parker. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early for the airshow, since the time could be adjusted slightly earlier or later, depending on weather. At the end of each day’s performances, the flightline will be open to allow the public access to the planes and pilots.

From 9 a.m. until noon on both days of the show, Owls Head Transportation Museum Aircraft Conservator Karl Erickson and the team of aviation workshop volunteers and pilots will demonstrate the museum’s collection of antique aircraft. The most recent addition to the aircraft collection, the last surviving 1930 Pitcairn PA-7S Sport Mailwing, will take to the skies, and additional planes that may fly for demonstrations include the museum’s 1941 Stearman, our 1933 Waco, our 1916 Sopwith Pup and the 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (aka the Red Baron).

On both days of the show a ride auction will be held at the information booth at 12:30 p.m., allowing visitors an opportunity to support the museum and take advantage of a rare opportunity to fly in an aerobatic plane. The three exciting rides to be sold to the highest bidder each day include a ride with Pilot Kendal Simpson in a Pitts S-2, a ride with Pilot Bill Gordon in his 450 HP Stearman biplane and a ride with Pilot Jim Parker in his Pitts S-2.

On the ground, car lovers will appreciate the dozens of antique and classic automobiles expected.

Museum staff will demonstrate a broad array of trucks and commercial vehicles from the collection, including a 1910 Buick truck, 1930 Ford Model A truck, 1906 Autocar and 1908 Chase among the list of ground vehicles slated for demonstration at the event.

Admission is $15 for adults and, as always, children under 18 are admitted to the museum and show free of charge. Refreshments, catered by French & Brawn Catering and Market Place, will be available for purchase at the Caboose during both days of the show. No pets are allowed in the museum or on show grounds.

Any visitor who renews their membership or purchases a new membership on the day of an event is automatically entered in a drawing for a scenic ride in the nuseum’s 1941 Stearman biplane. Winners are drawn at noon and 3 p.m. each day of the event.

For more information please contact Owls Head Transportation Museum Public Relations Director Jenna Lookner at 594-4418.