Classic car show | Food and fun

LONDONDERRY – Here we go! Take your gleaming roadster, super muscle car or partially restored hot rod to the NH Aviation Museum, where once a year the spotlight is shone on vehicles that never leave the ground.

The annual Classic Car Show at the Museum of Flight takes place on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date is Saturday, July 23).

Vehicles of all makes and eras are welcome, including strange or unusual means of transport. It’s a great opportunity for the proud owners to show off their completed or ongoing projects, and for the public to experience incredible rides from all over New England.

The show will include a display of restored antique fire engines, courtesy of the Amoskeag Reserve Engine Company, a local chapter of the National Fire Apparatus Preservation Society.

The car show is being held on the grounds of the Museum of Flight, with close-up views of the action on runway 17-35 near Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

“It’s a great way to spend a summer day outdoors, checking out vintage vehicles while seeing old friends and making new ones,” said Jeff Rapsis, executive director of the Aviation Museum.

Trophies will be awarded for the Public Prize and the Museum Prize. All registered participants will be entered into a raffle with multiple winners of valuable prize packages. A separate 50/50 raffle will be held as well as a garage sale, with all proceeds going to the non-profit Aviation Museum.

Admission/registration is $10 per vehicle entry plus occupants, cash only. To facilitate an orderly set-up, owners are asked to arrive between 9am and 10am on the grounds of the Museum of Flight, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry.

Admission to the grounds for spectators is $5 per adult; children 12 and under free. Admission is cash only. Only show cars will be permitted on museum grounds; spectators and visitors are asked to park on local streets outside the museum.

The event will have several food trucks. Portable toilets will be available during the show. The Aviation Museum will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission to the museum is included with admission to the car show.

Businesses or dealerships wishing to participate as vendors at the auto show should call Leah Dearborn at 603-669-4877 to reserve a spot. A limited number of retail spaces are available.

The NH Aviation Museum, located at 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

The NH Aviation Museum, based in the 1937 art deco passenger terminal at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, is dedicated to preserving the Granite State’s rich aviation past and also inspires today’s students to become the aerospace pioneers of tomorrow.

Named “Best Place to Take Kids” in Southern New Hampshire in the 2022 HippoPress Readers Poll, the NH Museum of Flight recently received the prestigious “Non-Profit Impact Award” from the Center for NH Non-Profits.

For more information, visit www.aviationmuseumofnh.org or call 603-669-4820. Follow the Aviation Museum on social networks at www.facebook.com/nhahs.

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