Vail Automotive Classic/Wheels & Wings revs up for 5th year
Ryan Summerlin August 6, 2014
The most comprehensive auto, aircraft and motorcycle show in Western Colorado is back for it’s fifth year. The Vail Automotive Classic will once again be hosting a weekend filled with automobile and aircraft events Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7.
This year the weekend kicks off Saturday with the Wheels & Wings Show at the Vail Valley Jet Center. Gate opens at 10 a.m. The show features an open expo of cars, aircraft, and motorcycles, plus, two aerobatics shows that are sure to amaze and entertain audiences of all ages. For 2014, the Featured Marque is the Porsche and the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang will be celebrated.
“It’s hard to believe this will be the fifth year for this event,” said Doug Landin, chairman of the Vail Automotive Classic Board of Directors. “It all started with an idea and the local Cars & Coffee Club. Now, it has grown to include, not only awesome cars, but motorcycles, planes, helicopters, and exciting aerobatics. It’s just a great weekend full of machinery and entertainment here in the Vail Valley.”
Wheels and Wings
Buck Roetman of Wild Horse Aviation and Gary Rower of Rower Airshows will bring their Pitts/Stearman formation act back to the Wheels & Wings Show this year for not just one, but two aerobatics shows. The first show is at 11 a.m., the second at 3 p.m.
There are still seats available at the VIP Tent and Viewing Area to watch Buck and Gary bring the two amazing aircraft together in a formation routine that will thrill audiences and amaze fellow pilots.
“The VIP Tent offers the best seats in the house,” said Jamie Roosa, Director of Marketing at the Vail Valley Jet Center. “It was very popular last year and guests have all day access to the tent with complimentary food, drinks, wine, beer, and shaded seating for both aerobatics shows.”
Tickets for the VIP Tent and Viewing Area include entry to the Wheels & Wings Show plus all the amenities of the VIP Tent for $85 in advance or $100 at the gate. Seats are limited. Contact Allissa Hollis at 970.524.770, email@example.com, or visit www.vailautomotiveclassic.com to reserve a seat.
The Wheels & Wings Show brings in crowds of more than 2,500 spectators and enthusiasts and includes airplane rides, a variety of food vendors, sponsor booths, Eagle Chamber of Commerce beer tent, and a children’s activity hangar. Admission to Saturday’s event is $20 for Adults, $5 for Children (ages 5 & under are free.) Advance ticket sales are available online at discounted rates.
Immediately, following the Wheels & Wings Show is the Vail Automotive Classic Auto Auction from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Hangar No. 3.
Auto consigners, buyers and spectators are invited to shop some of the best deals around. Vehicles, at both reserve and non-reserve prices, have been hand selected from various car collectors and automobile enthusiasts around the country. Proceeds from certain items donated to the auction benefit local non-profits — Jack’s Place at Shaw Regional Cancer Center and Eagle Valley Senior Life. Admission to the auction is free and includes cash bar and food for purchase.
Vail Village Car show
The weekend concludes on Sunday with the Vail Village Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spectators may peruse the award winners of the Wheels & Wings Show.
Sunday’s show showcases vintage, classic and custom cars and includes a People’s Choice Award Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Be sure to check out the Vail Farmers Market and Vail Oktoberfest, both happening at the same time.
Hotel specials and other area activities are available in the Weekend Planner section of the event website. www.vailautomotiveclassic.com.