Half Moon Bay California's Festival of Magnificent Machines, "The Coolest Show on Earth"
The remarkable, one and only Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show marks its 31st year with a massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style.
It's quite simply the “Coolest Show on Earth”. This year’s spectacular show will be held on Sunday, April 28, a one-day mega-show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport's Eddie Andreini Field, located in the picturesque seaside town of Half Moon Bay, California, about 20 miles south of San Francisco.
The show is a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and absolutely unique show-and-tell spectacle featuring some 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries.
The world's coolest cars of every era and style, Model-T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked-out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors, and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays.
New Additions to This Year’s Big Show
Erickson Aircraft Collection
The Erickson Aircraft Collection's awe-inspiring military aircraft including their B-17 Bomber "Ye Olde Pub", The Flying Fortress of the skies, and their classic North American P-51D Mustang Fighter, regarded as one of the great success stories of military aviation history. Get an up-close look at these historical monuments and meet the crew, plus a limited number of rides will be available. For ride booking and pricing information, visit https://warbirdflights.online/bookaflight
Machines of Tomorrow
"Machines of Tomorrow", a brand-new showcase of the next-generation of vehicular technology with headliner Alef. Alef is a California-based sustainable electric transportation company developing a first real flying car, a road-legal passenger car capable of achieving vertical takeoff and forward flight.
”World-Class Woodies”, a big display by The Antique and Classic Boat Society of Northern California. See antique and classic boats from the polished mahogany runabouts made from the ‘20s through the ‘60s to the classic fiberglass boats that changed the face of pleasure boating.
Magnificent Military Vehicles
”Magnificent Military Vehicles”, a big display by American Armory Museum including a Jeep that was used by General Patton, a replica of a World War II missile Jeep, a replica of General Patton‘s command car, a military M916 trailer and a Half-track that served in both World War II and the Israel Six-Day War. Rides will be available on the Half-track for $15 per person. It seats 8 riders.
”Hop on Board”
”Hop on Board”, a special display by Niles Railway Museum and Pacific Locomotive Association Museum with antique railway artifacts and machinery including a hand railcar, velocipede and speeder car.
World Record Wonderland
"Running Wild", 6-time World Champion Brendan Murry's AA/Fuel Dragster will be part of the “World Record Wonderland” and the planned special display of nostalgia dragsters to honor the legendary old Half Moon Bay Dragstrip.
”Hop on the Bus, Gus”
The Pacific Bus Museum will be displaying one of it’s restored, vintage, one-of-a-kind buses. The museum’s mission is the preservation, restoration, operation and display of buses representing various eras of bus travel.
Specialized Helicopters will be offering spine-tingling R-44 helicopter rides with breathtaking views of the Bay. Rides cost $50 per person for a 12-minute ride. Each helicopter seats three passengers.
- ”The Coolest Show on Earth”, a mesmerizing array of mechanical marvels including the west coast's biggest, baddest gathering of the world's coolest cars, trucks, motorcycles and aircraft.
- "Fantastic Flying Machines", exceptional vintage warbirds, stylish classics from the 40’s and 50’s, sport, ultralight and homebuilt aircraft.
- “Mustang Madness”, a spectacular display of America’s Premier World War II Fighter.
- “World Record Wonderland”, super sleek speed machines with dragsters and streamliners.
- “Gearhead Grounds”, antique working machines including beautifully refurbished fly-wheel engines from the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association and meticulously restored logging equipment and artifacts from Willits CA-based Roots of Motive Power.
- “Highway Patrol”, a special display and parade of Dragnet-like vintage police cars from the 60s and 70s plus an array of specialty vehicles and assets from Cal Fire, San Mateo County Sheriffs and CHP.
- An array of nostalgia dragsters to honor the former Half Moon Bay Drag Strip.
- ”Rad Robotics”, big robotics display and demo by Bay Area high school robotics teams and manufacturers.
- Baylands Quarter Midget Racing Association’s special exhibit of competition-ready mini race cars.
- Unimotorcycle Drag Racing, uniquely wild and crazy, side-by-side, single-wheel unimotorcycle drag racing.
- Military Vehicle Half-track Rides. Experience the rush and excitement of riding in a Half-track that served in both World War II and the Israel Six-Day War. Rides will be available for $15 per person. It seats 8 riders.
- “Bob Senz’ Big Cacklefest” - a mass synchronized firing-up of the engines (10am,12pm, 2pm).
- Dream Machine Of The Year Award Presented on the Runnin’ Down A Dream Stage by The Car Guy Channel’s Mike Hennessy, organizer of Hot San Jose Nights. Two Best In Show Awards will be given based on Customization, Creativity and Downright Cool from the many acres of magnificent machines on display.
- Rain or shine event!
THE WORLD’S COOLEST CARS AND MOTORING VEHICLES
It's one of the west coast's biggest, baddest gatherings of the world's coolest cars. Spectators will get a rare up-close look at antique horseless carriages and Ford Model T's, fanciful touring and luxury cars, powerful sports cars, custom cars and street rods, muscle cars, vintage and modern era high-performance race cars, quirky art and pedal cars, modified street machines with cutting edge styles, exotic high-performance cars, stylish European cars, ultra cool low-riders, sporty compacts, modified imports with flashy graphics, fashionable hip-hop urban show cars, homebuilt kit cars, super-charged turbo cars and trucks, “green” technology/alternative fuel vehicles, streamliners, dragsters, funny cars, gassers, and jet cars.
FANTASTIC FLYING MACHINES
A stunning array of fantastic flying machines will be on display — exceptional vintage warbirds, stylish classics from the 40’s and 50’s, sport, ultralight and homebuilt aircraft. Ultra thrilling helicopter and vintage plane rides will also be offered.
The attractions for youngsters are awesome and endless in the Grease Monkey Kids Super Duper Funzone with thrilling bungee jump, waterballerz, rock climbing wall, extreme inflatables, face painting, body art, glitter tattoos and tons of awesome amusements.
STELLAR LINEUP OF CONTINUOUS LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY
Stellar non-stop live music all day on the Runnin’ Down A Dream Stage headlined by Tony Lindsay & Soul Soldiers (2pm), Andrew Duncanson with Kid Andersen and the Greaseland All-Stars (11:30am), and M'sippi Slide (10am).
”Marvelous Mobile Eats” featuring the Bay’s best food trucks and vendors – Sam’s Chowder Mobile (lobster rolls, clam chowder, seafood), Alebrijes Oaxacan Kitchen (burritos, empanadas, enchiladas), Gourmet Faire (chicken tenders, corn dogs, garlic fries – food booth), Dippin Dots ice cream, Olde Tyme Kettlecorn (Kettlecorn, Boba Tea, Lemonade), Treats By The Bay (BBQ Chicken and Pork Skewer Rice Plates, mini donuts, soft serve ice cream), Nahua Pizza (artisan pizza), Tante’s (chicken strips, sausages, garlic fries), El Trompo Loco Tacos (tacos, quesadillas, burritos), Breakwater BBQ (BBQ plates), Half Moon Bay Pilots Association (tri-tip sandwiches),Unknowns Bike Club (Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches), American Legion (sausages, hot dogs), Coastside Riders (Kebobs).
DELICIOUS COASTAL-INFUSED DRINK
”Delectably Delicious Drink” with Classic Motor Head Ale and Kolsch from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, outstanding varietals (Mavericks Sauvignon Blanc and Fisherman’s Red) from Half Moon Bay Winery, custom cocktails from Jettywave, and go-to traditional cocktails from Longboard Margarita Bar. Cool off, replenish and hydrate with a bottle of PathWater, 100% responsibly and locally sourced water in an aluminum reusable bottle.
NEW EVENT LAYOUT AND POINTS OF ACCESS
This year’s show will feature a new, improved event layout bringing all the attractions closer together and making it a more walkable, unified show. Please note the new points of access to the event: there are separate entrances for spectator parking (access from Capistrano Road at the south end of the airport) vs. display vehicles, vendors, sponsors and volunteers (access from the airport main entrance on Highway 1).
REGISTER YOUR MACHINE
To show a car, truck, motorcycle, aircraft or other machine, the registration fee is $40 ($50 for entries postmarked after April 15) and includes a custom dash plaque and admission for the registrant plus one passenger (must be together in the registered vehicle).
2024 Registration and Tickets coming soon!
Spectator admission is $25 in advance ($30 at the gate) for adults (age 18-64), $15 in advance ($20 at the gate) for ages 11-17 and 65+, Free for kids age 10 and under (with paying adult).
2024 Registration and Tickets coming soon!
Parking at the event is included in the admission price. There is a designated area for bicycle parking at the south end of the airport field. Click here for the event map.
There will be specially marked handicapped parking on the airport grounds. Attendants will be on-site to direct you. Click here for the event map.
FIRST AID/LOST & FOUND
First aid and lost and found is located at the Information Booth – please refer to the event site map. Click here for the event map.
NO PETS, PLEASE
Please be considerate. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home (with the exception of service animals). Large crowds and noise make it a very stressful and dangerous environment for pets.
NO PERSONAL CONVEYANCES
No personal golf carts or motorized conveyances are permitted at the event. Exceptions will be made for disabled participants with single-person conveyances only. The use of motorized carts, mini-bikes, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and roller/inline skates is not permitted within the gates of the event.
NOT ALLOWED AT THE EVENT
For the safety and comfort of all of our customers, weapons of any type, booming sound systems, pets (with the exception of service animals), cans and glass bottles are NOT PERMITTED within the gates of the event. No outside BBQ's allowed within the gates of the event. No outside alcohol allowed within the gates of the event.
The show is open to the public on Sunday, April 28 from 10 am to 4 pm. Gates open at 6:30 am for those that have pre-registered their machine or plan to register the day of show.
Half Moon Bay Airport, 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay CA 94019 – located on Highway 1, about 20 miles south of San Francisco and 5 miles north of Highway 92. Get directions.
The show benefits the Coastside Adult Day Health Center. Thanks in part to fund-raising support from Dream Machines, the modernized, beautiful Coastside Adult Community Center opened in 2014. Drop by their beautiful facility at 925 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.
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