The fifth annual Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels event will take place on July 5th from 11am to 5pm at the beautiful Tacoma Narrows Airport, located at 1202 26th Ave NW in Gig Harbor. The Title Sponsor for the event is USAA, and it promises to bring as much fun and memories as in previous years with a classic car show, jet car, vintage warbirds, live music and plenty of food.
New in 2015 will be a visit from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadrons P-51 Mustang “Tuskegee Airman”, and thanks to USAAs title sponsorship, the Red Tail Squadron’s RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, making its first ever west coast appearance. This exhibit allows you to put yourself in the cockpit and soar above the clouds in your own P-51C Mustang. Also included is the original film, RISE ABOVE, on a 160-degree panoramic screen in a 30-seat temperature-controlled movie theater. The RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit highlights the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame obstacles to train and fight as U.S. Army Air Corps pilots, and what it means to us 60 years later. The exhibit will be open for group tours and limited hours on the 3rd and 4th of July. The tours are free, so please call or e-mail to set up a time for your group to go through the exhibit and see the P-51C. The Exhibit will be open during the event on the 5th.
Our newest Sponsor, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation (GGHF) a 501 (c)(3) non-profit community foundation, is holding a raffle for a ride in the P-51C Tuskegee Airman. Tickets are $10 and the drawing will be at 3:00 on Sunday the 5th. You must be present to win. Tickets will be available online beginning Monday, May 18th at http://p-51mustang.eventbrite.com. Half of all proceeds will go to the GGHF Curious by Nature School to support early-childhood programs and tuition assistance grants. The school offers a one-of-a-kind, nature-based early-learning program where children go outside to learn, explore and play every day, rain or shine.
The Hub at Gig Harbor is open and a big part of the festivities with a menu befitting the day and a beer garden for those with a thirst for more than water or pop. Various other food and beverage vendors will be on site to fill in what the Hub does not provide.
The car show has boasted more than 150 classic and custom cars and promises to have just as many or more this year. Room has been made to allow up to 250. Dash plaques for every entry and lots of trophies. Contact Larry Hansen at 253-377-2525 or email [email protected].
Bill Braack in the Smoke-N-Thunder Jet Car will return for his fifth year with us. Always a crowd pleaser, we’ll see if he can win a race against a warbird this year. Warbirds scheduled to appear this year are a pair of P-51 Mustangs, Renny Price in the SU-29, the two ship T-6 Texan team “Yellow Thunder”, the West Coast Ravens and a Stearman Biplane flown by Vicky Benzing.
This year, more on-site parking will be available, room for 300 cars on the VIP ramp are available first come first serve for $5. Parking is free at St. Anthony Medical Building on Pt. Fosdick, across from Uptown, and a free shuttle takes you right to the action. Tickets are: Adults 18 and older: $15, seniors and military ID card holders: $10, Kids 6 to 17: $5, and Kids 5 and under: FREE.
As always, we appreciate our sponsors that make it all happen: USAA, Fairway Independent Mortgage Company, The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, Waste Management Inc, Tacoma Narrows Aviation, The Hub Restaurant, Drive Lambo, University Place Refuse, Pierce County, and Goldmine Coins & Relics. There are more opportunities to sponsor and plenty of room on the ramp so if you’re interested call Doug Fratoni at 253-405-9604 or e-mail [email protected].