Episode 32, Coolest show on earth for all things engines

Michael James

The Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show is a daylong festival of engines. Rare and sentimental cars, trucks, aircraft, law enforcement vehicles, tractors, busses, military machines and motorcycles, they’re all showcased.

Add lives band, food and beverage vendors to its moniker as “the coolest show earth,” ideally defines the upcoming 28th annual event scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m April 29 at Half Moon Bay Airport.

The six-hour gathering is a “massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style.” And it’s the best bargain and with proceeds benefitting the Coastside Adult Day Health Center in Half Moon Bay.

Hundreds of vintage cars will be on display at the 28th annual Pacific Coast Dreams Show, scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at Half Moon Bay Airport.
Hundreds of vintage cars will be on display at the 28th annual Pacific Coast Dreams Show, a festival of all things with engines, scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at Half Moon Bay Airport. Image © Bruce Aldrich/2017

In Episode 32 of The Weekly Driver Podcast, hosts Bruce Aldrich and James Raia discuss the show with event chairman Chad Hooker.

As Hooker explains and event literature describes, Pacific Coast Dream Machines is “a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and absolutely unique show-and-tell spectacle featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries.

“The world’s coolest cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays.”

Vehicles on display will include: antique horseless carriages and Ford Model T’s, fanciful touring and luxury cars, powerful sports cars, custom cars and street rods, muscle cars, vintage and modern era high-performance race cars.

And quirky art and pedal cars, modified street machines with cutting edge styles, exotic high-performance cars, stylish European cars, ultra cool low-riders, sporty compacts, modified imports with flashy graphics, fashionable hip-hop urban show cars, homebuilt kit cars and super-charged turbo cars.

Plus, there are “green” technology/alternative fuel vehicles, streamliners, dragsters, funny cars, gassers and jet cars.

Among the attractions this year are Bob Senz’ Big Cacklefest. It will honor the show founder and a mass synchronized firing-up of the engines of all the magnificent machines on display at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

It’s one of the west coast’s biggest, baddest gatherings of the world’s coolest cars. Spectators will get a rare up-close look of hundreds of aviation wonders, headlined by legendary vintage warbirds like the B-25 Bomber and C-47 Skytrain plus stylish homebuilts, classics from the ‘40s and ‘50s, sport and ultralight aircraft.

To show a car, truck, motorcycle, aircraft or another machine, the registration fee is $40 ($50 for entries postmarked after April 15) and includes a dash plaque and admission for two people.

Spectator admission is $25 in advance ($30 at the gate) for adults (age 18-64), $15 in advance ($20 at the gate) for ages 11-17 and 65+, Free for kids age 10 and under (with paying adult). Purchase tickets here.

Parking at the event is included in the admission. There is a designated area for bicycle parking at the south end of the airport/Mezza Luna gate.

Half Moon Bay Airport, 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay CA 94019 is located on Highway 1, about 20 miles south of San Francisco and 5 miles north of Highway 92.

For event information, call the info-line at 650-726-2328 or visit the website www.miramarevents.com/dreammachines

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Article Last Updated: April 10, 2018.

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