This year was the third for the Vintage Vehicles car club to host the car show portion of the TICO Air Show - Car Show Combo, which took place on March 14th, 2009 at the Kennedy Space Center TICO Airport near Titusville, Florida. Not many shows have such a unique combination of show cars and airplanes, and that is certainly a big draw - plus makes for great photo opportunities.
The car show was limited to vehicles in show condition, 1979 and older, with no trailered vehicles admitted. The first 100 cars received preference parking, which put them right up close to the air show. Registration got underway early at 6:30am and had to close at 8:30pm when the spectator gates opened, and the cars needed to be securely in place during the air demonstrations. There was no pre-registration, and the $20 gate fee was good for the show car and two people - which of course included all the air show festivities. When you consider that one adult spectator ticket alone was $20 at the gate ($18 in advance), you realize just how good of a deal being part of the car show is.
The 32nd Annual Warbird Air Show hosted by the Valiant Air Command lived up to its reputation as a great one for spectators. In addition to aircraft such as the P-51, B-25, F104, F-16 and many others on display and flying, there were military re-enactors, lots of venders including those selling food, a beer garden, special events, Radio Disney, veterans and special guests, flight demonstrations, formation flying and fun for the whole family.
Thanks once again go out to Dave Smart, Ed Fitzpatrick, and all of the Vintage Vehicles club members that made this another great event, well worth attending. Combining the air show and the car show makes for a lot of fun, and it is certainly a show that sticks out as one of the more memorable with all it had to offer.
For more info on next year’s Air Show - Car Show Combo at the Kennedy Space Center TICO Airport, which will take place on March 13th, 2010, keep an eye out for the listing in our Coming Attractions as the event draws closer. You can also visit the Valiant Air Command web site at www.vacwarbirds.org, where you’ll find info about the air show portion of the event, the Warbird Museum, and various related links. CN