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Motorized Mechanical Marvels Coming to Town

Get ready for lots of wheels and wings around town because the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show is this weekend.

Unimotorcycle racing with dueling speed merchants on one wheel battling head to head. A demolition derby where participants put their choice of any two wheel-drive cars to the ultimate test. Monster truck rides, helicopter rides, and an aerobatics pilot doing flyovers in a Russian fighter plane.

The 22nd annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show is coming to town this weekend, April 28-29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Half Moon Bay Airport.

Half Moon Bay’s festival of magnificent machines known as the "Coolest Show on Earth" is also expanding this year.

Instead of just one day celebrating mechanical ingenuity, show organizers have added another day and a Championship Demolition Derby to the lineup of awe-inspiring attractions.

"Over the years, we've had countless people ask why we didn't do two days," said show chairman Chad Hooker of Half Moon Bay. "We're excited about the potential to grow the event and this will give us the opportunity to raise critically needed funds for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center," he said.

The show’s first ever Championship Demolition Derby will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. Derby participants will crash, smash, and ram other vehicles in the arena, yet keep their own vehicle in operation. The drivers must endure while judges keep score on the sidelines and decide which of the drivers are the most skilled to be declared a winner in the spectacular competition. There is a $5,000 prize purse with the first place winner pocketing $3,000.

Spectators will also get a rare up-close look at antique horseless carriages and Ford Model T's, fanciful touring and luxury cars, powerful sports cars, custom cars and street rods, muscle cars, vintage and modern era high-performance race cars, quirky art and pedal cars, modified street machines with cutting edge styles, exotic high-performance cars, stylish European cars, ultra cool low-riders, sporty compacts, modified imports with flashy graphics, fashionable hip-hop urban show cars, homebuilt kit cars, super-charged turbo cars and trucks, "green" technology/alternative fuel vehicles, streamliners, dragsters, funny cars, gassers, and jet cars.

Plus, hundreds of aviation wonders are expected to be on display — stylish homebuilts, classics from the 40s and 50s, vintage warbirds, sport and ultralight aircraft. Thrilling rides will be offered in helicopters, vintage bi-planes, Beech 18 and T-6 military trainers and P-51 Mustang.

Food and drink, amusements for kids, and live music round out the offerings at this highly anticipated car and air show.

Headline attractions scheduled to appear include:

• The show's first ever super-gnarly Championship Demolition Derby (Saturday, 1 pm).

• "Mustang Madness", a spectacular display of America's Premier World War II Fighter.

• The one-of-a-kind "Molnari Gyrocycle", a flying, space-age motorcycle.

• U.S. Army NIKE HERCULES long-range missile making a rare public appearance.

• The super sleek "Ack Attack" Bonneville streamliner, a world land speed record holder along with myriad speed machines in "World Record Wonderland".

• "Dreamcycles", a super cool display of the world's finest custom bicycles.

• "Strega", a highly modified P-51 Mustang and 8-time class champion at the Reno Air Races.

• Magnificent military aircraft including the Estrella Warbird Museum's Douglas C-47 (regarded as the World's Greatest Aircraft of its time), YAK Russian fighters and an impressive array of T-6 and T-28 military fighters and trainers.

• "Dream Big", the enormous, mind-blowing World's Largest Monster-Cycle.

• Aerobatics pilot Eddie Andreini doing fly-overs in his bi-plane, YAK Russian fighter and P-51.

• The inimitable Blastolene Brothers extreme, mega-modified machines.

• "El Diablo", an astonishing jet-powered flame-effects device designed for "Burning Man".

• 1909 Bleriot, the first aircraft to fly across the English Channel.

• Thrilling rides in helicopters, bi-planes, Beech 18 and T-6 military trainers and P-51 Mustang.

• 1904 Holsman Hi-Wheeler, antique automobile part of Coastsider's family tree.

• Unimotorcycle racing with dueling speed merchants on one wheel battling head to head.

• Meticulously restored vehicles from the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation.

• Refurbished flywheel engines from the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association.

• Roots of Motive Power's collection of restored logging equipment.

• Monster truck rides, go-kart rides, kid's amusements, food and live music.

Proud owners show up in cars that come in all shapes, colors and sizes.

Live music line-up:

•  "Festival of West Coast Blues" hosted by the Stan Erhart Band with Saxophonist Nancy Wright and Special Guests Wendy DeWitt and Kirk Harwood (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday)

• The Inciters, Known as the West Coast's Premier 60s Soul Band (1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday)

• The Seducers with Pedal Steel Master Joe Goldmark (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday) and

• Curtis Salgado, BMA Soul/Blues Male Artist of the Year (1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday)

 IF YOU GO

Spectator admission is $20 ($30 for 2-day pass) for adults, $10 ($15 for 2-day pass) for ages 11-17 and 65+, and free for kids age 10 and under. Tickets are available at the gate only. Half Moon Bay Airport, at 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway, is located on Highway 1, about 20 miles south of San Francisco and 5 miles north of Highway 92. To minimize the traffic on the road, ride your bike or walk to the event if possible. For information, call 650-726-2328 or visit http://www.miramarevents.com/

 

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Joe Falcone April 26, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Don't forget to download the free Pacific Coast Dream Machines mobile app available from Apple iTunes App Store, Google Play Store for Android, and Amazon AppStore for Kindle Fire.

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