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Carolina Region SAAC / Re: Happy 53rd Birthday to #1609
« on: March 23, 2020, 12:05:38 PM »
We went out for a birthday drink.     :)

Carolina Region SAAC / Happy 53rd Birthday to #1609
« on: March 22, 2020, 12:09:49 PM »
Built today on 3/22/1967, one month later than scheduled. 

Looking Back / SAAC 23, Charlotte Motor Speedway 1998 Videos
« on: March 18, 2020, 04:01:15 PM »
SAAC-23 was a nice convention, the open track time was good as well.  VHS footage compared to today's digital GoPro video is stone age quality.

Looking Back / SAAC 21 Lime Rock Park 1996
« on: March 16, 2020, 08:09:53 PM »
VHS video from SAAC 21 now converted and uploaded to my YouTube page.  First part is on track action, second part is in-car from my friends' GT Developments GT-40 and more trackside video taping.

Looking Back / SAAC Convention Videos: SAAC 22
« on: March 15, 2020, 11:24:41 PM »
Taking advantage of this downtime to convert my VHS footage to digital.   First up is SAAC 22, Road America in 1997.  I think this was my favorite open track I ever did, despite the oppressive heat and mosquitos.  No matter how big the run groups, and mine was relatively small, drivers had a lot of open track to enjoy their high performance vehicles and I had more track time, than I could ever want.  Mr Shelby attended and despite the temperature, he signed items for hours, first in a small trailer and then under a canopy.  My friend with a GTD GT40 and I made the trip, towing our cars from Patuxent River, MD and Virginia Beach, VA.  I still recall the banquet being almost "tornado'd out" when a storm cell from hell hit the track, and people were looting running off with trays of brauts and rolls!  I stayed an extra day to watch the historic races that followed the convention.

The Museum is Hickory Aviation Museum, in Hickory NC.  We host plenty of car clubs as it's every easy access to our aircraft display, enter under the wing of the P-3C Orion, between engines 1 and 2 and onto the tarmac.  We'll also have our newly acquired Bell USMC SuperCobra AH-1W Gunship on display in a couple of weeks, so there is plenty of aircraft to photograph with your cars.  We also have a complete F-14 cockpit that everyone can sit in and see what it was like inside a Tomcat.  Unfortunately, our F-4 Phantom is in our restoration area and will be unavailable.   Once we come up with a date, I'd like to publicize a little so visitors can come out and enjoy the planes and our great cars.  Our museum is a registered 501C non profit and there never is an admission charge, we rely on donations and corporate assistance.  Sorry for confusion on museum webpage link, I had a typo when I originally sent it to BG., and we are on all the social media platforms as well. Any questions, feel free to ask.   

Carolina Region SAAC / Re: NC/SC SAAC Meet at the National Mustang Museum
« on: January 07, 2020, 11:30:55 AM »
Museum sent out an email on 1/6 announcing the move and new address, the rest is on Mustang Owners Museum Group page on FB.  Museum cited no reason other than for "future growth"......

Carolina Region SAAC / Re: NC/SC SAAC Meet at the National Mustang Museum
« on: January 07, 2020, 10:02:22 AM »
I see the museum has "closed" and moved across the street to some non-descript building to "reorganize".  Hopefully the true story will come out, but word is it was not making $$ on admission, but a lot of people who paid for bricks, books, etc and donated $$ are not very happy wondering where all the money went?  I never understood the place,  if it weren't for people loaning them cars to display, there was not really much reason to go there.  Time will tell.....

Here is a link to the Americarna 2019 video with lot of drone footage.  Not a whole lot of Shelby coverage, but we sneak into a few scenes.

Carolina Region at Americarna 2019.

I'll be there, planning on arriving before 7:30am, pays to get there early to unload and find a big enough area in the VIP lot so we can all park together.  It was already pretty full last year when I got there at 8.  Forecast calling for 30% chance of rain and worse on Sunday, so I doubt it will get postponed like last year. 

Carolina Region SAAC / Re: Wings and Wheels, Hickory Regional Airport
« on: November 18, 2019, 09:37:42 AM »
#1609 and P-3C Orion (Retired) #156515.  The aircraft was built in 1969 and was in service until 2017. 

Carolina Region SAAC / Wings and Wheels, Hickory Regional Airport
« on: November 13, 2019, 02:01:13 PM »
The City of Hickory NC is throwing it's first Fall Wings and Wheels event this Saturday, November 16, 10a-3p.  There will be a parking area for collector and classic cars and I think it's more of a cruise-in than a judged car show and there is no charge.  I will be bringing out #1609 for the day.  For eats, there will be food trucks and the airport cafť will also be open.  They are offering av-gas at a discount, so hopefully we'll get some interesting aircraft visiting, plus they are selling helicopter and airplane rides.  We will have the Hickory Aviation Museum fully open for the day and I will be giving tours of our mighty Lockheed   P-3C Orion Anti-Submarine Warfare aircraft, the only one in the country that is open for visitors to tour.  There are also 15 other aircraft on display.  Forecasted weather is supposed to be around 50 and sunny for the event.     

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