In addition to the loud airplanes buzzing over Half Moon Bay all weekend for Dream Machines, there were also some big bangs and explosions.
It was the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation (MVTF), which oversees one of the largest and most significant collections of historical military vehicles in the world at its museum in nearby Portola Valley, conducting periodic blank firings of vehicle-mounted machine guns. Members of the MVTF's Re-enactor Volunteer Program were also on hand to talk about their rare vehicles.
With display military aircraft and MVTF vehicles in the background, re-enactors from the West Coast Armor Association also performed a "mock-battle" entitled, "Rescue of a Downed Pilot" during the show. All of the re-enactors are trained in "presentation stunt combat" and are regularly used in feature movies, as well as TV programs on HBO, The History Channel, and Discovery Channel.
A San Mateo County alert went out to residents warning of “a military re-enactment display that will include loud bangs and simulated explosions” at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and that this is only “a mock display and there is no cause for alarm.”
It still caught people off guard.
"All of sudden we heard these shots," said Dan Olsen who made the drive over from Foster City in his 1999 black Ferrari. "Definitely caught our attention. So much so we made sure to catch the 1 p.m. display."
Members of the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office were also on hand at the event and shared their photo here of the miliarty re-enactment on their Facebook page with: “Thanks to everyone who came out to the 27th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Weekend today and yesterday. It was a beautiful weekend and we appreciated everyone's patience in dealing with the parking and traffic that came along with the events massive turnout.”