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Modern marvels
April 26, 2008, 12:00 AM By Heather Murtagh

Miramar events The world's coolest cars, like this pink Studebaker from the '50s, and their colorful characters at the 18th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machine Show.

Mechanical marvels through the past two centuries will be showcased on land and in air on the coastside this weekend when the 18th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machine Show revs up.

Two thousand driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries will come together in Half Moon Bay Sunday for the annual event. A wonderful collection of cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage buses, custom motorcycles, tricked-out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the displays celebrating machinery. The event is also the largest fundraiser of the year for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center.

"It’s a wonderful event for people, especially people with children and grandchildren. There are steam tractors and engines, racecars, air crafts from all ages and sizes. You could spend all day walking and seeing things you many have never seen,” said Bob Senz, one of the founders.

Senz became involved when a group asked to help with the fundraising event. Utilizing the airport seemed like a fit — it was open, fenced in and accessible . It began as a car and equipment show growing over the years. The proximity to Highway 1 does create a space restraint for the fundraiser.

"We’re not maxed out but pretty close to it,” he said.

Today the event includes high-flying motocross exhibitions by HiRise FMX, many different cars from rare and antique to alternative fuel engines, and a fly-by of various airplanes. The family-friendly event has raised 100s of thousands for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center, said Senz.

"It’s the most satisfying event you can think of to put on,” he said.

Spectators will have the chance to get an up-close look at rare horse-drawn carriages, military aviation wonders "Heavenly Body” –– a historic B-25 Bomber from World War II, P-51 Mustangs, Hawker Seafury British Fighter, P-40 "Flying Tiger,” and YAK Russian fighters.

World-renowned aerobatics pilot, and Half Moon Bay-local, Eddie Andreini flies a YAK-9 Russian fighter and Super Stearman bi-plane. Years ago, Andreini flew in air shows at the Half Moon Bay airport. A flyover with various planes is scheduled for Sunday. An air show requires extra precautions and the unpredictable weather can put a damper on those plans. Regardless of the weather, the planes will be on hand.

"We can definitely show them off,” he said.

A variety of cars will also be present including Max Loffgren’s ’55 Chevy dragster, built as a tribute to the more than 3,500 American servicemen and women listed of prisoners of war or missing in action from the Vietnam War; AAA Greenlight Initiative "Green Machines” display of clean technology/alternative fuel vehicles, Stanford’s Solar Race Car "Equinox,” the Blastolene Brothers extreme, mega-modified machines and "World Record Wonderland” headed by record-setting dragster "The Flying Fortress” –– the world’s fastest non-supercharged, front engine slingshot dragster and the lightning fast, super sleek BuddFab Motorcycle Streamliner.

Rounding out the fun is unicycle dirt drag racing, fun for kids, food and live music headlined by Americana musician Bill Kirchen.

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Heather Murtagh can be reached by e-mail: or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.

If you go...

The 18th annual Pacific Coast Dream Machine Show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at the Half Moon Bay airport, 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway, located on Highway 1, 5 miles north of State Route 92.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youth ages 11 to 17 and seniors 65 and older, children 10 and under are free.

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