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Carolina Region SAAC / Re: Americarna is Back
« on: November 29, 2022, 04:07:59 PM »
Massive show, over 650 registered cars and perfect weather.  Took my photos and made it into a YouTube video.

Carolina Region SAAC / Re: Americarna is Back
« on: November 14, 2022, 11:48:09 AM »
I'm signed up, anyone else coming? 

Carolina Region SAAC / Re: May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
« on: October 18, 2022, 04:14:59 PM »
We finally released the fundraising website for the museum and the video produced is a really good of the vision.  We brought on the local community college as a partner, and all is explained.

Carolina Region SAAC / Re: Americarna is Back
« on: October 18, 2022, 04:09:51 PM »
I always enjoy this event and am planning on attending. 

Carolina Region SAAC / Re: Americarna is Back
« on: October 05, 2022, 10:27:40 AM »
Registration website is now active.  Doubled the VIP Package price!

Room for trailers? 

Carolina Region SAAC / Americarna is Back
« on: July 13, 2022, 02:01:51 PM »
Hasn't been a show in two years, but it's back, the Americarna gathering is planned again November 26th.

That is amazing news Bill.  If you guys are accepting donations, post a link.

Until we get a dedicated way via the webpage, we're happy to accept checks made out to "Hickory Aviation Museum" and mailed to:

Hickory Aviation Museum
3101 9th Avenue Drive NW Box 22A
ATTN:  Buford Barnett/Museum Construction Fund
Hickory, NC  28601

We are a 501C museum and all donations are tax deductible, just ask for a receipt to be mailed back. 

Thank you!

We officially announced that we'll be building a new aviation museum.  It will be located across the field from where we are now, hopefully we'll be breaking ground early next year and this will allow us to move most if not all of our aircraft inside, protected from birds and weather.  Eventual plans will call for a restaurant/brewpub type establishment along with an outdoor observation area as this complex will face the runway and westward for a beautiful view of the mountains.

i put a bunch of photos including the drone shots on the museum Facebook page, , .  We counted over 500 visitors on the aircraft ramp, so it was a busy day!

One week to go, and the preliminary forecast is hot, hot hot!  Calling for low to mid 90s and sunny, so plan accordingly with sunscreen, water, etc.  Any questions, just ask. 

Three weeks to go, still waiting on rsvp's and photos to so I can use to publicize.  Have one Sunbeam Tiger owner who has rsvp'd and it looks like the Carolina Cobra Club is coming in good numbers.  Hopefully we'll have good weather. 

If you're attending, don't forget to send me photos of what you're bringing to  Thanks! 

Carolina Region SAAC / May 21st Gathering at Hickory Aviation Museum
« on: April 11, 2022, 12:12:33 PM »
I look forward to welcoming everyone to the Museum again this year on Saturday May 21, weather permitting.  There is no rain date.  We have added three aircraft since last year, including an FM-2 Wildcat WWII Fighter plane that saw action in the Pacific Theater, and then spent 45 years at the bottom of Lake Michigan before being located, raised and restored.  I also hope to have our F/A-18 jet cockpit open for everyone to sit in and get some photos. 

We had 35 cars last year and that's about the max to get everyone parked near a plane without cars blocking other cars.  I ask people arrive by 9:30am, I will be there earlier.  The museum opens at 10am and the less car movements, the better.  I ask that folks stay until 2pm, but understand that is not possible with other commitments, but please do not move any cars without myself or museum volunteers controlling the movement. 

The Flight Line Cafe at the airport terminal where we are located, has a great lunch menu with good prices, and there are plenty of tables in the terminal, plus three picnic tables outside and of course by your cars or the shade of our planes. 

If anyone is coming on Friday, I-40 Exit 125 has a cluster of hotels with lots of parking:  Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Courtyard, Crowne Plaza, Fairfield Inn and Suites, and Best Western.  There is a Carrabas in the parking lot, Outback up the access road and many food choices within a 3-4 minute drive.  For those more adventurous, there is a Red Roof Inn across the highway at the same exit! 

From this exit, we are 7 miles away, I-40W, Hwy 321N, left at 4th light onto 9th Ave, follow for 1.5 miles to the airport on the left.  Trailer parking immediately on left in the large parking lot.  Drive down to far end of parking lot, around the terminal and wait at open gate until a Museum volunteer brings you in.  It's very tight entering, so very slow!  GPS address for Museum is 3101 9th Drive NW, Hickory. 

Please RSVP to this thread or drop me an email at for questions and include a photo of what you're bringing as I will advertise the event on the Museum's social media pages and website.  I want to have Carolina's SAAC folks and their friends locked in, so RSVP as early as possible.  I'm getting requests to attend from non Shelby owners and want to fill the field first with our cars. I will be inviting the Carolinas Cobra and Southeast Sunbeam Tiger folks as well for a great variety. 

Room for trailers?  Haven't seen any advertising, is the Americarna show a thing of the past now? 

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