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Wings & Wheels attracts 3,200 spectators

The 1915 Ford “Speedster” above was a real head turner at the 14th annual Wings and Wheels show last Saturday in Topping. Owner John Greco of Weems explained that more than 90 years ago the yellow sporty body was a home-built kit mated to a regular Model T chassis. The Speedster was first in its class. In the background on the Hummel Field runway is a Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing D17S built in 1944. The plane went to England under the lend-lease program of World War II, but was never used. About 180 cars and 25 planes were at Saturday’s show along with 3,200 spectators. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
The 14th annual Wings and Wheels 2009 car and air event at Hummel Field in Topping had a total of 180 vehicles on display along with several aircraft, seven fire-fighting vehicles, and one military vehicle. Attendance was estimated at 3,200.

The first, second and third place winners in the different classes are as follows:

  • American 1896-1945—John Greco, 1915 Ford Speedster; Ken Lindsey, 1937 Chevy Master 2-door Coupe; Steve Walton, 1934 Woody Street Rod.
  • American 1946-1966—Mary Brill, 1961 Cadillac Coupe; Sharon Tally, 1956 Chevy Bel Air; M.C. Warren, 1951 Custom Ford.
    Wings and Wheels always attracts a strong crowd and impressive gathering of fine automobiles and airplanes. Just press play and see for yourself.
  • American 1967-2010—Cindy Berry, 1970 Chevelle; Ray Gaskins,1968 Camaro; Neale Sanders, 2007 Shelby Mustang.
  • European (other foreign)—Dean Turner, 1960 Mercedes Benz; Ned Burne, 1972 Pantera; John Duclos, 1989 Porsche 3-2 Carrera.
  • British 1900-1959—Bill Haglan, 1958 MGA Roadster; Chris Chainey, 1954 Jaguar XK 120; Rollins Dixon, 1958 MG MGA.
  • British 1960-1980—Isabelle Bunch, 1966 Austin Healey BJ8; Robert Murphy, 1964 Morgan Plus 4; Kent and Connie Williamson, 1963 Austin Healey NJ7 MKII.
  • British 1981-2010—Ginger Crapse, 2009 Mini Cooper.
  • Exotic—Jim Francis, 1963 Studebaker Avanti RS; Jerry Lester, 1936 Mercedes Benz Replica; Tom Sennolt, 1981 Zimmer.
  • Best of Show—Dean Turner, 1960 Mercedes Benz 190 SL.
  • Race Car—Neal Sanders, 2007 Shelby Super Snake; (owner unknown) Winged Sprint Car; (owner unknown) Showalter.
  • Antique Airplane—Richard Henshaw, 1943 North American SNJ-5.
  • Classic Airplane—Charles Maples, 1944 Beech Stager Wing.

In addition, the Virginia Department of the Treasury Unclaimed Property Division returned $18,688.30 and 78.5 shares of stock to owners. Out of the 537 names checked during Wings & Wheels, 126 properties were returned to the rightful owner, said Brooke Bredel, public relations and marketing specialist with the state’s Unclaimed Property Division. 

posted 09.30.2009

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