OWLS HEAD — Antique automobiles from around the world are expected to rally at the Owls Head Transportation Museum Saturday, Sept. 18, and Sunday, Sept. 19, for the museum’s annual Foreign Auto Festival.

Gates open to the public and exhibitors at 10 a.m. The show will go on rain or shine, and a variety of indoor demonstrations and activities are planned in the event of inclement weather.

While a range of vehicles is expected at the event, this year, the Owls Head Transportation Museum is celebrating British manufacturers as the featured marque of the Foreign Auto Festival. Owners of pre-2001 automobiles, organized clubs and all British manufactures car owners — regardless of year — are invited to exhibit their vehicles free of charge.

Clubs wishing to arrange parking are encouraged to call in advance of the event.

On both days of the show, Owls Head Transportation Museum and its team of aviation workshop volunteers and pilots will demonstrate the museum’s collection of antique aircraft. They reported that its 1917 Fokker DR.I triplane (a.k.a the Red Baron) is scheduled to makes its debut and return to the skies after a long restoration.

Additional planes that may fly for demonstrations include the museum’s 1917 SPAD XIIIc.I, the 1917 Nieuport 28C.1, the 1918 Standard J-1, the 1930 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air D-4000 Speedwing, the 1930 Pitcairn PA-7S Sport Mailwing and both of the museum’s 1940s Boeing Stearmans.

The museum’s open flightline, also scheduled for both days of the event, provides an opportunity for visitors to see, hear and experience planes up close and visit with pilots.

Numerous clubs representing an array of specialty vehicles congregate at the museum for this popular annual show.

Biplane rides

Want more? Purchase a 20-minute scenic biplane ride for an open air, sky-high experience unlike any other! (All aircraft activities are subject to change, based on weather conditions.)

Exhibitors are welcome

Interested parties can get free admission for two passengers when exhibiting at this event with one of the following:

  • Any classic, custom or special interest vehicle that is more than 20 years old.
  • Any British-manufactured vehicle from any production year.

Become a member

Any visitor who renews or purchases a membership on the day of an event is entered in a drawing for a ride in the museum’s 1940’s Stearman Biplane. One winner is drawn each day of the event.

Ticket rates

Adults pay $18, seniors who are 65 years of age and older are $16, kids and youth that are 17 years of age and under are free, and so are active military members and veterans.

All active service members are welcome free of charge upon showing a Geneva Conventions Common Access Card. Veterans present a DD Form 2 or DD214. Free admission does not apply to spouses or other family members.

The museum follows Maine CDC guidelines and recommends all guests wear face coverings while inside museum buildings. For more information, visit owlshead.org, email info@owlshead.org or call 594-4418. The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum St. in Owls Head.