Half Moon Bay's World-Class Celebration of Magnificent Machines

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Apr 13, 2010 / 0 comments

HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA -- For a remarkable and singular experience, there's nothing that matches up to the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Half Moon Bay's massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style. It's a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and absolutely unique show and tell spectacle featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries. The world's coolest cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays. The spectacular 20th annual show takes place on Sunday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport, located in the picturesque seaside town of Half Moon Bay about 20 miles south of San Francisco. The show benefits the Coastside Adult Day Health Center.


YAKS in flying formation

Historic military aircraft -- like these YAK 9 Russian fighters in flying formation -- will be among the special attractions at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Sunday, April 25, 2010 at Half Moon Bay Airport


Headline attractions include adrenaline-pumping, high-flying freestyle motocross demos; military aviation wonders like "Heavenly Body" -- a historic B-25 Bomber from World War II, a highly modified P-51 Mustang "Strega" -- 8-time class champion at the Reno Air Races and an impressive array of military fighters and trainers from World War II and the Korean War; the world's coolest cars representing every style and era; the world's only M-551 Sheridan Tank from Operation Desert Storm; a special "Green Machines" display of advanced technology/alternative fuel vehicles; mad scientist Jack Schroll's "El Diablo" -- a spectacularly menacing jet-powered flame effects device designed for Burning Man Festival; the Blastolene Brothers extreme, mega-modified machines; ace aerobatics pilot Eddie Andreini doing fly-overs in his Stearman bi-plane and Russian fighter; the KISS Tribute Harley paying homage to the icons of rock & roll; and "World Record Wonderland" featuring several current world land speed record holders including the lightning fast, super sleek "Ack Attack" and "BuddFab" motorcycle streamliners; and live music with Shana Morrison & The Claddagh Band, the Andy Santana Band and special guest Terry Hanck.

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

Hundreds of aviation wonders are expected to be on display -- stylish homebuilts, classics from the 40's and 50's, exceptional vintage warbirds, and sport and ultralight aircraft. See a spectacular display of meticulously restored military marvels including "Heavenly Body" -- a historic B-25 Bomber from World War II, several P-51 Mustangs (America's premier World War II fighter) including a highly modified P-51 "Strega" -- 8-time class champion at the Reno Air Races, YAK Russian fighters and an impressive array of T-33, T-6 and T-28 military fighters and trainers. Many will be doing spine-tingling fly-overs during the show. Thrilling rides will be offered in everything from helicopters and vintage bi-planes to a T-6 military trainer -- rides range from $40-$300.


Vintage Touring Car

The world's coolest cars will be among the 2,000 driving, flying, working machines on display at the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, Sunday, April 25, 2010 at Half Moon Bay Airport

The most curious and fascinating displays are the large and small engines collected and refurbished by members of the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association. Their amazing array of flywheel engines are enough to power antique washing machines, lawn mowers, and an entire a Lilliputian factory. On the larger side are several pieces from Roots of Motive Power's collection of restored logging equipment like spool donkeys and Buffalo Springfield steamrollers.

Rounding out the activities will be radical Unicycle Dirt Drag Racing, amusements for kids, food and live music featuring Shana Morrison & The Claddagh Band, the Andy Santana Band and special guest Terry Hanck.

Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $10 for age 11-17 and 65+, and free for kids age 10 and under. Tickets are available at the gate only. Half Moon Bay Airport (9850 N. Cabrillo Highway) is located on Highway 1, about 20 miles south of San Francisco and 5 miles north of Highway 92.

For information, call 650-726-2328 or check out miramarevents.com