Will You Miss the Demolition Derby at Dream Machines?

Organizers of Half Moon Bay's popular Pacific Coast Dream Machines benefit show have decided to withdraw the Demolition Derby from the event.

If you saw it, then you know it firsthand: the Demolition Derby at last year's Pacific Coast Dream Machines drew quite a crowd, providing an exciting addition to the beloved car show for many.

But organizers of Half Moon Bay's popular Pacific Coast Dream Machines benefit show decided to withdraw the long-planned Demolition Derby from the event permit application due to go before the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The decision was finalized when information came to light for the first time in recent communications between show organizers, San Mateo County Airport officials and the FAA, which has purview over the host venue, Half Moon Bay Airport.

"The FAA and San Mateo County Airport officials raised concerns over biological impacts and airport use compliance when considering the Demolition Derby part of Dream Machines, not the other elements of the show," said Tim Beeman, Chairman/CEO of Miramar Events, an event marketing, promotion, production and sponsorship agency that manages Dream Machines.

Chad Hooker, Show Chairman, adds that they are working closely in cooperation with the FAA and San Mateo County Airport officials to be absolutely certain they're understanding of, and in full compliance with, their regulations.

In a prepared statement, Hooker issues the following statement:

"We are deeply appreciative of the opportunity to hold the show at Half Moon Bay Airport and their support and assistance in making it possible for the last 22 years."

"We do not take this situation lightly. We're all fully aware of the show's critical importance as the largest annual fund-raiser for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center, participating non-profit groups, and the tireless efforts of our all-volunteer committee.

“At the same time, we are sorry and disappointed to lose the demolition derby this year. We know from the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received last year what a popular feature it was.

"Part of our thought process all along has been to re-focus on the show's original roots — the very core of what has made this such a successful event are the individuals bringing their magnificent machines of all types and sharing them with the public.

"Looking forward, it is our belief that a robust and healthy airport includes wider community participation, particularly when airport use serves the needs of the community it serves and assists non-profit organizations.

“Our dedicated event committee has worked extremely hard over the years to make Dream Machines one of California’s most beloved and eagerly anticipated events."

The 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show runs April 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Half Moon Bay Airport, 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway, Moss Beach CA, located on Highway 1, 5 miles north of Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay. Admission is $20 for adults ($30 for 2-day pass), $10 for seniors and kids ages 11-17 ($15 for a 2-day pass), and free for children age 10 and under. The event benefits the Coastside Adult Day Health Center. For more information, call 650-726-2328 or visit http://www.miramarevents.com/dreammachines

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heidi franklin February 25, 2013 at 04:33 PM
we loved the derby unfortunate it has to go
Brian Ginna February 25, 2013 at 05:10 PM
"Environmentalists" win again. Sad that they got their way with absolutely no reason on their side. So much for family fun.
Rich Symmons February 25, 2013 at 08:46 PM
In former years, there was drag racing at HMB Airport. Now gone. Then tractor/truck pulls. Now gone. Destruction Derby. Now gone. Too bad to see such family fun events simply disappear. Maybe what's next is to not have the Dream Machine event happen at all! It causes many pollutants to be released into the air just bringing in all those terrific planes to the airport, not to mention all the "machines" that are used by drivers to get to and from the event. Common sense is not being applied, nor a broader view of what draws the "machine afficionado".


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