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The 20th annual Wings Wheels and Keels (WWK) went on at Hummel Airfield in Topping on Saturday despite threatening weather. More than 60 custom, classic and exotic cars were displayed.

Boats were shown in a hangar. High winds grounded most planes, but the spot landing contest was held with Thomas Hendrickson, Mike Kunhert and Rusty Gill finishing first, second and third.

Jamie Barnhardt, founder of WWK and its chair for 20 years, said this was his last show in the driver’s seat. The Friends of Hummel Airfield presented Barnhardt with a plaque in recognition of his commitment.

“It has been an honor to serve Hummel Airfield and the people of our community for the last 20 years by helping produce Wings, Wheels, & Keels,” said Barnhardt. “Working with the fun-loving group of people who are in The Friends of Hummel Airfield has been the time of my life. The work performed by the talented staff has been tireless and, at times, quite humorous. Although I have carried the majority of leadership duties, the thanks should go to the dedicated staff who have volunteered for 20 years running.”

During last Saturday’s event, the showing of “keels” was surprisingly good with quite a variety of vessels, noted Barnhardt. The show car area was also well attended with 60-plus cars braving the wet conditions.

Although the aircraft attendance was adversely affected by the high cross-wind landings and low-cloud cover, the landing contest brought out the crusty pilots and provided a good amount of aircraft activity, Barnhardt added.

“Due to the commitment of our staff, it is my opinion that WWK’s 2015 was one of the best Wings, Wheels, and Keels we have ever produced,” said Barnhardt.

posted 10.01.2015

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