Wheels & Wings Festival rolls into town with car and plane show, auction
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What: Vail Automotive Classic series of events.
Where and when: Wheels & Wings Festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Vail Valley Jet Center. The Vail Village Car Show is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Vail Village.
Cost: Advance tickets for The Wheels & Wings Festival are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 15 and free for kids younger than 5; family packs (two adult, three children) are $45 and only available online. VIP tickets are $85 and include all-day food, drinks, shade and prime viewing for the aerobatic shows. Ticket prices will increase $5 to $15 on the day of the show. The Vail Village Car Show is free.
More information: Visit http://www.vailautomotiveclassic.com.
GYPSUM — While the aerobatics show and the slew of cars on display at the Wheels & Wings Festival draw plenty of grins accompanied by oohs and aahs, this year’s auto auction looks to be quite exciting, thanks to some rare cars.
The festival takes place at the Vail Valley Jet Center in Gypsum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More than 150 cars and airplanes will be on display, and two aerobatics shows will take place, the first at 10 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m.
But back to the auction: Denver auctioneer O.J. Pratt, who is with Pacific Auction Co., is bringing 65 cars to the event. That’s triple the number of cars auctioned at last year’s event. There are six non-reserve cars this year.
“There’s no minimum price on those six at this point, which means if something goes up on the block, who knows — you could end up with it really cheap,” said event coordinator Taylor Slaugh.
Cars with no minimum bid requirement include a 1971 Corvette; a 1952 Ford Tudor; a 2013 Harley Tri Glide with only 3 miles on it; a red 1927 Graham Brothers Pickup; and a restored 1969 Volkswagen Bug that was a “barn find,” Slaugh said.
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Highlights from the auction include a rare French car — a blue 1958 Farcel Vega FV4 Typhoon CP with 100 miles on the odometer. According to the online auction listing, only 540 of these automobiles were built during the 10 years they were made.
“Many movie stars and famous folks owned these cars,” Slaugh said. “We’re expecting it to sell in the $200,000 to $300,000 range.”
There’s also a beautiful red 1972 Dino Ferrari with 45,000 miles on it and six 1950s and ’60s Cadillac Biarritz convertibles. A jet is even being auctioned off — a 1978 Hawker 700 — though it won’t be on site for the auction.
All of the auction items are available to preview and even start bidding online via a link on the Auto Auction page at http://www.vailautomotiveclassic.com. If cars or airplanes aren’t your thing, then there are a handful of other items that might be: antique gumball machines, a vintage school pencil dispenser, a 1940s porcelain Coca-Cola sign and even a penny slot machine from 1934.
“It opens the whole idea of an auction to people who might not think they’d want to participate,” Slaugh said, regarding the non-car and airplane items going up for auction.
A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Jack’s Place at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards and Eagle Valley Senior Life. Last year, the board of directors donated $25,000 to Jack’s Place and $6,000 to Eagle Valley Senior Life.
For the kids
In the kids hangar, families will find two NASCAR simulators, super popular at last year’s event. There’s also a traveling exhibit from the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver. The Eagle Bible Church is setting up a tricycle racecourse with Razor tricycles. Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the Razors.
There are options for big kids, who would rather see the festival from above. For an extra cost ($50 or more) attendees can score rides in a Eurocopter or a seat aboard a few airplanes, including a Piper Archer, a Piper J-3 Cub or a Beechcraft T-6 Texan. Fourteen war birds will do flyovers at the event and also be available to see on the ground. You might even get a chance to end up on television. Dennis Gage from “My Classic Car” will be on site filming at the event.
On Sunday, see the winners of the car competition, along with a few special invite-only vehicles, on display in Vail at the Vail Village Car Show, taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more event details, visit http://www.vailautomotive classic.com.
Caramie Schnell is a freelance writer contracted by the Vail Automotive Classic. Send comments about this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.