Houston & Peach

Power at center stage for Wings and Wheels

The 17th annual Wings and Wheels Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base.

This year, the show will feature a 6,000 horsepower jet car and its owner/driver, Elaine Larsen. Her car will be on display throughout the day.

“It’s a family affair,” said Bob Dubiel, direcor of marketing for the museum. “They enjoy looking at the cars.”

Dubiel said the show will have on hand more than 250 antique, customized and classic cars all vying for the 100 trophies to be given away. He likes to call it the “six-million dollar display.”

Vehicle registration for the show is $25 and active duty, active reserve or National Guard military will receive a $5 discount.

There is also a car corral for vehicles for sale, which is $15 to enter a car. Thirty-five judges will score each car entered. The awards ceremony will start at 4:45 p.m.

The “Savage” Monster Truck will also be at the show offering rides around the museum grounds. The 600-horsepower truck can safely transport up to 11 people. Cost to ride the monster truck is $7 per person.

Entertainment this year includes oldies DJ Tommy Landrum, aircraft models on display in the Eagle Building and car-related vendors.

From 12:30 to 1 p.m. the Jump Rope and Dance team from Russell Elementary will perform, and at 4:45 p.m. the awards ceremony will be held at the Freedom Park Picnic Area. There will also be battery-operated cars donated from Wal-Mart for children ages 3 to 8 to race in from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost to enter the race is $5.

There will also be a few drawings during the day. The first is a 50-50 cash drawing, the second is a Nintendo Wii for $3 drawing at 3 p.m., and the third is to win one of the battery-operated cars for $2 each or three for $5.

In case you have pent up frustration, Dubiel is also getting a salvage car where participants can bash the car for $1 per swing.

Participants will arrive at 8 a.m., and gates open to spectators at 9 a.m.

A Poker Fun Run will also be held tonight. Registration is at the museum from 6 to 6:45 pm. Any type vehicle can participate and more than one player can ride in a vehicle. Each player buys as many hands as desired for $10 each and the player goes to several merchants in Warner Robins to draw a card. The run ends at Hooter’s and Steak ’n Shake on Margie Drive near Watson Boulevard. There is no charge for spectators. Proceeds from the show benefit the museum.

To contact Angela Woolen, call 923-5650.