I love classics… and Tillsonburg offered up a field full of them this past weekend. “Wings and Wheels” is a regular event hosted by the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association to raise awareness and funding for the continued ability to acquire, restore and fly these beautiful classic warbirds. When you hear a Harvard taking off, there’s a specific growl created by the powerful Pratt & Whitney radial engine, and a unique roar as the propeller tips cut through the air. There’s no mistaking the sound–or the feel if you’re close enough as the Harvard lifts its wheels off the runway.
The CHAA offers opportunities to work on maintenance, restoration and to ride in the back of these amazing aircraft! The organization is looking for members, volunteers and donations to ensure that the programs they offer can be continued. If you have a love for classic aviation, I’d encourage you to check out their website and support their efforts in any way that you can.
In addition to the Harvards and several other aircraft that fly regularly out of Tillsonburg, the event featured a field of nearly 200 classic cars. The power of the big engines, the classical stance and lines of some of the most notable automobiles ever made, and the pride of the owners that have restored or customized their vehicles are all great reasons for enthusiastic fans to stop by during the day.
The event asks only for a donation at the gate, and offers a variety of vendors selling collectibles and food. There was a silent auction and raffle as well to help increase the fundraising results, all of which goes back into the Association to help support their ongoing projects. You really can’t find a much more affordable and entertaining way to spend a beautiful fall Saturday, and just being there is helping to ensure that the Harvards can continue to fly.
Watch for future events at the Association’s website, and be sure to show your support any way that you can. Wings and Wheels… A perfect combination… a perfect day… and a great cause!