Classic cars, planes and boats on display at Florida's Roar

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Classic cars, planes and boats on display at Florida's Roar

Postby sonya zafar on Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:03 am

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Vehicle fans brought nearly 150 antique, classic, resto-mods and sports cars to join antique boats and aircraft at Fantasy of Flight's fifth annual Roar N Soar weekend, Nov. 12-13 in Polk City, Fla.
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Located about a 40-minute drive southwest of Walt Disney World, Fantasy of Flight is a private air museum with nearly 60 rare military and commercial aviation aircraft in a small-town airport setting. Two grass runways accommodate everything from pre-World War I planes to a Lockheed Super Constellation Starliner, both which are on display.
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The weekend's vehicle lineup included a 1952 Packard (with 1953 model year trim), John Jankowich's 1949 "survivor" Plymouth Special Deluxe sedan, and Candy and Peter True's 1952 Hudson Hornet. The Jaguar Owner's Club of Orlando was also there, staging a Jaguar-sanctioned, run what you brung autocross course.
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Classic hydroplanes included the See Ya Later, a 1968 xxxx Sooy-built model powered by a 568-cubic-inch Chevrolet engine, and 77-year old xxxx Whyte and his Scorpio Hydroplane. The flat-bottomed Chapparral, a 35-year-old Thurger from Australia piloted by Barbara Warby, showed spectators how it was done old school-style.
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Fantasy of Flight is an aviation-themed attraction that displays flight from the early days onward. Owned by Kermit Weeks, it is the new location for what was previously known as the Weeks Air Museum in Miami, which was damaged by Hurricane Andrew. The Weeks collection includes everything from a B-17 Flying Fortress, a Chance Vought F4U Corsair, Bucker Jungmeister, a PBY 5A Catalina, a P51C Tuskegee Airmen Mustang and a Grumman FM2 Wildcat. The Mustang and the Wildcat were exercised by Weeks during exhibition flights.
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The event coincided with Veterans Day and attendees brought donations that were distributed to area military families.
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