We're gearing up for the fabulous Barnstormers Ball this Saturday, August 23! Our friends at A. Watson Design and Cafe Miranda are putting the finishing touches on what is certain to be one of the most talked about events of the summer. Have you gotten your tickets yet?
On August 19, 1909 the first race was held at the now world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Originally, shorter races were held at the Speedway but in 1911 organizers decided to introduce the grueling Indianapolis 500 as a way to remedy a dip in attendance.
Needless to say, the solution worked and for 103 years (since 1911) the Indianapolis 500 has commenced annually with just two periods of exception 1917-18 and 1942-45, marking the involvement of the United States in WWI and WW2.
Be sure to visit the Owls Head Transportation Museum's newest exhibition "Faster: the Quest for Speed" to learn more about the history of racing on both two-wheels and four. Exhibits include some of the most historically significant race cars available from collections throughout New England, including the 1915 Duesenberg "Benedict Special" that famously won second place in the 1916 Indy 500. This vehicle is the second-oldest known Duesenberg in the world and is currently on loan from the Joseph Freeman Collection.
Tickets are going fast for the Barnstormers Ball this Saturday, August 23. Get yours today and be a part of OHTM's inaugural gala event!
Aerial demonstrations will museum planes will greet our guests and delicious hors d'oeuvres by Cafe Miranda, oysters, beer, wine and cocktails will be offered as party guests dance the night away surrounded by our fabulous collection of aircraft and automobiles.
A silent auction will feature experience packages and stays from The Haraseeket Inn, The Inn by the Sea, The Samoset Resort, Norumbega Inn and more as well as Jewelry by Thomas Michaels Designs and Michael Good and an original painting by Camden's Marianne W. Smith. A small live auction will feature a "Frolic 21" playset from CedarWorks and a Monhegan Island weekend getaway.
Tickets are just $100 each and all proceeds benefit museum education programs.
Purchase your tickets online or by calling (207) 594-4418.