Hooniverse Asks: What’s The Best Non-Car Meet-Up a Gearhead Should Attend?

It’s car show season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that there are enough events happening in your particular neck of the woods to satisfy your hunger for experiencing clusters of cool machines in a park or parking lot setting.
Because there simply may not be enough car meets and shows to go around, what other suggestions can you give to a gearhead to check out that they might find equally interesting?
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      1. I’m fascinated by bumper stickers that only exist to respond to other bumper stickers.

  1. Anything with tractors, trains, or planes.
    I used to live in cumming, GA. The 4th of July Parade featured steam powered tractors.

    1. Oh boy. Imagine taking care of something like that! Or that these once were actually usable machinery.

      1. The majority of these things, though privately owned are stored at a barn at the county fairgrounds, which is the end of the parade route. Interesting side note, due to some very unfortunate racial events, Cumming/Forsyth County, GA ran all of the black population out of the county at the beginning of the 20th century, they made up the majority of the field hands. This led to a much earlier adoption of mechanized farm machinery in this area than most of the surrounding area.

  2. In DFW there’s several museums and airshows thru the year.
    Cavanaugh Flight Museum.
    Alliance has one in Oct I think.
    Lancaster has an event in September and it’s awesome. WWII camp reenactments, get up close and personal with the planes. Good stuff.

    1. And the Confederate Air Force, oops, I mean Commemorative Air Force, is now headquartered at Executive Airport (the former Red Bird Airport) in Dallas.

  3. Maker fairs. You don’t have to embrace electronics or 3D printing or autonomous drones or something, but to see what can be done with mediocre money, some knowledge and a lot of time can be inspiring for your own hobbies and endeavors.

  4. Shuttleworth Collection, especially if you attend the largest yearly display. Every vehicle in the place (ground or air) runs under its own power; the grounds are beautiful; the stories are fascinating. You don’t need to be a nerd of any kind to appreciate a visit, and if you don’t like it you’re just dead inside anyway.

    1. Rear engine front “wheel” drive still doesn’t make much sense, whether it’s air-based or ground-based 😉

  5. The Oregon Steam Up at Powerland in Brooks Oregon (just north of Salem). You get your dose of steam and a bonus trip to the truck museum, the trolley museum and the Caterpillar bulldozer collection, all on the same site.

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