3 upcoming events in the Mass area (mostly out in Metrowest): A race at the Collings Foundation facility between a 1914 Stutz Bearcat and 1909 Bleriot, a hot air balloon festival, and a water gun battle.... ================== "Holy Smokes...this will be interesting" ~ Quote from a witness to the Race of the Century rehearsal. Race of the Century - Stow, MA. August 16th and 17th A Living History Event Unlike Any Other We are looking forward to the Race of the Century event here in Stow, MA. Getting all the machines up and running has proven to be quite a task. Racing them against each other is a true jaw-dropping sight. It is important to note: (If our historical records are indeed correct) the Collings Foundation's 1909 Bleriot is one of the oldest flying aircraft in America - from the firewall back. The Bleriot will be racing against another fantastic moving machine of the time- the 1914 Stutz Bearcat (both are pictured above). See a small clip of the two in action - CLICK HERE Rob Collings piloted the Bleriot during our test flights. Naturally, he made it look easy. When I asked him what it was like he said "you have to use a lot of stick". Starting the Bleriot is another exciting thing to do and watch. The key is to spin the prop at the right point in the cylinder cycle. Whip-pull it hard and get out of the way! Nothing more to keep you on your toes- than the prospect of getting you fingers whacked by a wooden propeller. Here is a picture of our very own Ken Miles starting the Bleriot. "Magneto's on? Magneto's on. Ready...." There will be prizes for folks who show up in period costume (1900's to 1940's) and will have the rare opportunity to participate in the events "races". On Friday, August 16th the Collings Foundation will host a Pre-Event Party and Grand Tour. This is a unique opportunity hear about the history of these machines and get a close view of how they operate. Tickets are $50 per person. Fine finger food and refreshments will be served. To purchase tickets or have questions, please call the Foundation at 978.562.9182 or make your reservations on our web site by clicking here. Hours will be 6:00 PM to 9:00ish PM. Your participation helps us preserve these American treasures. Here is the line-up: Horse and Carriage Vs. 1905 Franklin Type A Roadster Horse and Buggy Vs. 1908 Stanley Steamer Model F Bleriot Type XI Flying Machine Vs. 1914 Stutz Bearcat 1937 Offy Sprint Racer Vs. 1942 PT-17 Stearman Bi-plane We will also be offering flights in the PT-17 Stearman and T-6 Texan during the event. To reserve a flight or with questions please call 978.562.9182. For more information on the Race of the Century click here. We are in great need of volunteers to help us during the event. If you are interested in participating please call either Ken Miles or Hunter Chaney at 978.562.9182 =============== Hot Air Balloon Festival The Hudson Elks Club, in association with the Hudson Public Library, will host the annual hot air balloon festival at 99 Park St., Hudson. Also Aug. 10. On Saturday and Sunday morning, the balloons are scheduled to ascend at 6 a.m., weather permitting. Also on Saturday afternoon, some of the balloons will offer tethered rides to the public, and there will be a “balloon glow” on the field at dusk. The field will reopen at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of festivities for the entire family. ================ Banditos Misteriosos is an interesting organization that entices groups of people to do some pretty funny things. I can't make this event but if any of you are in town you may want to capture it. Saturday, August 16th at 1:30PM Revolutionary Water Gun Battle The exact location is not disclosed until the night before the event and only to those who register for the email. http://www.misteriosos.org/?p=69 FYI one of the rules... "Please be aware of electronics during this event. If you see someone with a camera or camcorder, please shy away from getting them wet."