We will have a participant check-in / registration desk set up starting at 2:00pm in the Kitty Hawk Room at the Holiday Inn. We will have flyers listing local attractions and things to do in the area, along with complimentary bottled water and possibly an adult beverage or two. Later in the afternoon/evening we will gather for our annual British V8 Conversion meet pizza party in the parking lot.
We will be meeting at the Carillon Historical Park, located just south of the city center of downtown Dayton. Carillon Park has a museum and premier collection of items relating to Dayton’s own Wright brothers, including the original 1905 Wright Flyer III. Wilbur and Orville Wright piloted this airplane in record breaking flights at Dayton’s Huffman Prairie Flying Field just outside of Dayton, Ohio in 1905. The Wright museum is a chronological display which shows from beginning to end, how the Wright brothers developed the airplane.
Carillon Historical Park also features other exhibits relating to Dayton engineers, inventors, and industrialists, including Edward Deeds, Charles Kettering (electric starter), and John H. Patterson (NCR). Deeds and Kettering co-founded the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO).
LUNCH/Visit to the Looft’s
We will be taking a scenic drive through the beautiful southwest Ohio countryside. The drive will culminate at the home of MG enthusiasts (and factory MGBGT V8 owners) Carole and Terry Looft. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a Mexican themed lunch. Carole and Terry have a beautiful home that is filled with British car memorabilia and a fantastic English pub in the lower level. The Loofts are consummate MG collectors and have restored many MG vehicles over the years. Additionally, Terry, who is a licensed pilot, has mentioned that an airplane ride just might be available for those who have an interest.
We will take a 45-minute drive to Covington, Ohio to the facilities of D&D Classic (not to be confused with the other D&D in Michigan). D&D Classic is an automotive restoration shop that restores and fabricates cars ranging from Pebble Beach caliber all the way to your neighbors 1957 Chevy. They have a central building and several other buildings with vehicles in various states of restoration. D&D Classic does chassis rebuild, mechanical restoration, including transmissions, rear axle, brakes, and exhaust, full electrical rebuilding, rewiring, structural wood rebuilding for bodies, award winning interior wood refinishing and complete disassembly and assembly services. They also offer automotive and aircraft metal shaping. They have been known to fabricate entire cars based simply upon a WWII picture taken of a vehicle that resided in Europe.
We will travel from D&D to WACO Aircraft Museum in Troy, Ohio. This is about a twenty-minute drive. WACO has made available to us a covered shelter where we will enjoy a barbeque picnic lunch from Hickory River Smokehouse in Tipp City with all the trimmings.
We will walk over to the central WACO Aircraft Museum. The WACO (originally Weaver Aircraft Company) built airplanes in Troy, Ohio from 1920 through 1947. The WACOs were rugged and were often used as mail planes, business planes and for exploring. WACO was the largest manufacturer of airplanes in the U.S. between the two World wars having more airplanes registered than any other aircraft company.
During WWII, WACO produced huge numbers of military gliders for both the U.S. Army Air Forces and the RAF…they were primarily used during the invasion of Normandy and Operation Market Garden. WACO airplanes were resurrected in the 1980s’ and are currently being produced in Battle Creek, Michigan.
WACO Museum will also provide the opportunity for interested participants to enjoy a 15 minute flight in their beautiful on site, yellow WACO aircraft. The cost per ride will be $150. The way the WACO is configured, (pilot in the rear, a two place seat ahead of the pilot) will allow two participants to share the ride at a cost of $75 per participant. Please check the appropriate elective box on the registration form if you have a strong interest in this activity in order to give WACO personnel advance notice. Credit card Payments to WACO, for the flight, will be made by participants on site the day of the event.
Friday evening is reserved for tech sessions in the parking lot. Stay tuned for more…
The primary focus of Saturday will be to visit the National Museum of the United States Air Force (NMUSAF). It is close to our host hotel. This will be an open day where all can visit the Museum at your leisure. The NMUSAF galleries present military aviation history, boasting more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display — many rare and one-of-a-kind — along with thousands of historical items and powerful sensory exhibits that bring history to life and connect the Wright brothers’ legacy with today’s stealth and precision technology.
In addition to outside displays and exhibits, the museum has four connected buildings…there is an early years gallery (e.g. Wright brothers, WWI aircraft), WWII gallery (where the Memphis Belle recently went on permanent static display after her restoration), the third building contains aircraft and exhibits from the post cold war era including the Korean War, and the Viet Nam War. The fourth building (the newest building, opened in 2017) contains space craft, experimental aircraft, and presidential aircraft.
The NMUSAF Theater has upgraded its theater from IMAX to digital 3D. This upgrade includes a new stage, theater seats and a new theater screen to support a broader range of programming—including educational presentations, live broadcasts and expanded documentary choices. The renovations include a 7.1 surround-sound system, audio devices for the hearing or visually impaired, and personal closed captioning systems. Several different movies are available to see each day. Admission to the the NMUSAF is free, however there is a fee for IMAX movies. Your visit to the museum can easily take all day…plan on arriving early and leaving late. There is a cafeteria on site where you can purchase lunch.
Saturday evening, we will have our traditional BritishV8 meeting and banquet, concluding with our annual fundraising auction.
Goodbyes, handshakes, and hugs in the parking lot……farewell to all and a safe journey home!