EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (Sept. 7, 2004) - A rare 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, carrying the same markings as those borne by the “cursed” car owned by the late actor James Dean, is the latest addition to the featured attractions at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s “German Wings & Wheels” event on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The 550 Spyder to be displayed is one of only 90 built, including the one owned by Dean. Persistent stories still claim Dean’s original car was cursed, as it was supposedly involved in a series of mysterious incidents even after the actor’s death and eventually disappeared while in transit in 1960.
EAA’s German Wings & Wheels will be an exciting day for enthusiasts of both cars and planes. This unique venue allows visitors to enjoy outstanding German automotive and aircraft engineering.
All German-built vehicles are welcome. Owners are encouraged to register online prior to the event at www.airventuremuseum.org. The first 100 participants will receive free souvenir dash plaques and all occupants of German-built display vehicles will receive free admission to the Museum and Pioneer Airport on Sept. 11. The day’s activities are open to the public and included with regular Museum admission.
Coinciding with EAA’s German Wings & Wheels event will be operations at Pioneer Airport, the popular airfield adjacent to the EAA AirVenture Museum. A variety of vintage airplanes are available for flights (priced at $30-$60) throughout the day’s activities.
The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Highway 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round and family memberships are available. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.airventuremuseum.org.