July 19, 2004 - A total of 110 automobiles-nearly half of which were registered on the spot-participated in the first Planes, Manes Automobiles event on Sunday at EAA AirVenture Museum. The new event featured many Ford Mustangs and other vehicles on the ground and North American P-51s in the and on static display.
Regarding the latter, Tony Buechler did a fly-by with his P-51 at 11 a.m. and then taxied all the way to Pioneer off the Wittman ramp. Jack Marks also displayed his P-51 and displayed it next to EAA's Paul 1 outside of the Eagle Hangar.
Ford Mustang owners had a chance to photograph their "rides" with Paul 1 in a special commemoration of the car's 40th anniversary this year. Cars were also judged in one of 14 classes for first, second and third place awards. Best of Show award went to Mike Jaber of Fond du Lac for his 2000 Mustang Saleen S281 Speedster.
110 vehicles lined the walkway at
Pioneer Airport Sunday, July 18.
This Saleen S7 was a special visitor to the
Planes, Manes and Automobiles on July 18.
Jerry Ritzow of Milwaukee displayed his exotic Saleen S7, the first official S7 road car in the U.S. His license plate tells you what the car is all about; it reads 220-MPH.
With the success of the event's inaugural year, organizers are already committed to making this an annual gathering.