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East Wenatchee's"Wings & Wheels"Honors Non-stop TransPac Flight

Photos & Story by Marlin Lannoye

The City of East Wenatchee's Wings & Wheels Car Show is held in honor of the first Trans-Pacific non-stop flight from Masawa, Japan to East Wenatchee in 1931. Pilots Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon were the first to fly across the Pacific Ocean which was a much greater feat that Charles Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic.

Wings & Wheels is held the first weekend in October. The 2016 edition brought in almost 300 vehicles from throughout the Northwest and Canada.

The format was shuffled a little with "the cruise" moving to Friday afternoon. This year participants were able to view the ever-changing, fantastic car collection owned by Alan and Larry Witte. Then we were off to see the expanding collection of fine vehicles, finished and in-progress", owned by Joe Roberts. Then on to Moniter, WA to the Hot Rod Cafe for some excellent burgers, fries and the like.

Saturday registration opened at 8 am for the car show which included a swap meet, carnival, deejay music, kid's activities, crafts displays, aircraft displays, "inexpensive helicopter rides" and, at 4 pm, the awards presentation that ended with plenty of time for participants to cruise home. Hope to see you there, October 6-7, 2017.

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