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The Dream Machines ‘mega show’ and other special events


The Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show launches its 28th annual cavalcade of car shows, motorcycle shows, air shows, tractor shows, stunt shows, racing, rides, music and Cacklefests of roaring engines on April 29 at Half Moon Bay Airport south of San Francisco.

The “one-day mega show” is a family friendly event with a vast array of spectacles, according to the organizers.

“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,” according to an event news release. “The world’s coolest cars of every era and style, Model T fire engines, vintage buses, 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.”

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The strange sport of unimotorcycle racing

The show also features rides on helicopters, planes and monster trucks; warbird flyovers and sky-diving displays; bizarre unimotorcycle drag racing; and old-engine startups by the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association.

The main feature will be the gigantic gathering of special cars, trucks and motorcycles.

“It’s one of the West Coast’s biggest, baddest gatherings of the world’s coolest cars,” the release says.

“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.”

For more information, visit the event website.

 Porsche honored at The Quail

Two special classes honoring Porsche – the 70th anniversary of the first 356 and a celebration of Alois Ruf performance specials – will be featured at the 16th annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, to be held August 24 during Monterey Car Week in coastal California.

“This year’s event will be highlighted by two new classes praising German innovation: ‘70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356’ and ‘The Alois Ruf Reunion’,” a Quail news release notes. “The 356 display will showcase Porsche’s history and legacy in the form of the marque’s first production sports car, while the ultra-rare Ruf class will showcase an exclusive collection from the legendary performance car manufacturer and tuner.”

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European classics at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering | Drew Phillips/The Quail

The two Porsche classes will be added to the exclusive concours’ selection of about 200 vintage and historic cars, with other classes that include Pre-War Sports and Racing, Custom Coachwork, Supercars and The Great Ferraris.

The Quail prides itself in being a family- and pet-friendly environment set in a garden-party setting with an array of gourmet food pavilions, wine vendors and a Fireside Chat Series. Admission includes entry to the Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction taking place concurrently on the Quail Lodge Farm Field.

Tickets are limited and quite expensive; admission is in such high demand that tickets are allocated via a lottery system. Visit the event website for more information.

Or, you could bypass the whole buying-tickets-and-waiting-in-line hassle by purchasing the über exclusive The Quail Helicopter Ticket. The price tag for being flown in like royalty: $4,000.

Italian cars honored in England

The 33rd Italian Car Day will be held at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey on May 5, presenting what the organizers call “the largest gathering of Italian cars in the U.K. – and possibly the largest outside Italy.”

Dream Machines, The Dream Machines ‘mega show’ and other special events, ClassicCars.com Journal
The Brooklands Museum hosts All Italian Car Day | Brooklands Museum

The event will be held at the newly improved museum infrastructure, which includes relocation of the historic Bellman hangar for an improved view of the track. The restored hangar is now home to the “Aircraft Factory” of partially restored aircraft and artifacts.

The Italian Car Day program will feature “supercars and Italian classics” performing on the banked former race track, a hillclimb and other events. For information, visit the event website.

More concours and event news

The Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for June 15-16 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, has announced a call for entries for the concours as well as the more-casual Car Corral. The events benefit Cool Cars for Kids. The deadline for concours consideration is May 1 and can be made at nomination submissions. For the Car Corral and other information, visit the event website.

Racing legend Bob Bondurant will lead a diverse selection of race drivers and motorsports experts speaking the Racing Goes Safer seminar April 14 at the Long Beach, California, Convention Center during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. For more information, visit the event website.
The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance takes place this Friday through Sunday at La Jolla Cove in San Diego, California. This year’s featured mark is Lincoln. For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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