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August 22, 2003 - EAA AirVenture Museum's Pioneer Airport enjoyed a true British invasion last weekend as 190 vintage British autos and several English aircraft were on display for the first EAA British Wings and Wheels Weekend. Visitors got to see, among other types, scores of MGs, Triumphs, Jaguars, Austin-Healeys along with aircraft like a rare Percival EP-9, and a DeHavilland Chipmunk owned by Victor Stottlemeyer, Waukesha, Wisconsin. EAA's Pitcairn Autogiro, an American design, fitted right in thanks to its of its Anglicized paint scheme.

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Several Midwest British auto clubs were well represented including from the nearby Fox Valley as well as Madison, Wisconsin, Chicago and Rockford, Illinois. Heard throughout the weekend over the public address system? Why, Beatles music, of course, to complete the British invasion!

"I believe this is the fullest I've ever seen Pioneer Airport," said EAA Head of Educational Outreach Adam Smith, himself a UK native. Attendance for the weekend exceeded 700 people.

"It's interesting that people appreciate a well-maintained vintage auto very much like they do vintage aircraft," Smith continued. "We're very pleased with the response and hope to build on this for future events."

Pioneer from overhead during British Wings and Wheels weekend.

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