Rare car and aircraft show back in Ypsilanti after COVID cancellation last year

YPSILANTI, MI — Rare aircrafts and cars will be back on display in Ypsilanti at an upcoming event on Sunday, June 13.

Although COVID-19 stopped them last year, the Yankee Air Museum will be holding their Detroit’s Invitational Wings and Wheels event on the west side of Willow Run Airport, Hangar 1, 801 Kirk Profit Dr.

The event is expected to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $25 on the day of the event, children ages 15 and under are granted free admission.

More than 100 cars and light trucks, built between 1930 and 1969, will be grouped with an aircraft representative of their era, according to a press release.

“Everyone will enjoy this show,” Kevin Walsh, President and CEO of Yankee Air Museum said. “There are cars and planes coming that are simply legendary, like an immaculate North American F-86 Sabre jet fighter and, imagine seeing this, a General Motors Futurliner, one of only nine in existence.”

Participants will be able to get close to the cars and planes, as well as take photos and chat with the owners of the vehicles, Peter Deloof, Wings and Wheels Event Chairperson said.

“We looked for the rare cars and we found them,” Deloof said. “We even expect a 1932 Ford Model A fuel truck, in Standard Oil livery. People attending the show will be surprised and amazed.”

Car appearances have been secured from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, GM Heritage Center, Stellantis/Chrysler, the Nicola Bulgari Car Collection, and from many other private owners, Deloof said.

Air Adventure rides will also be available during the event on the Yankee Air Museum’s vintage B-17 Flying Fortress UH-1 Huey helicopter, officials said.

Free parking, as well as food trucks, will be available for participants, officials said.

Tickets for the event and Air Adventure rides, as well as more information about the event, can be found here.

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