Dream Machines return to Half Moon Bay Airport 

Don’t call it a comeback, but after torrential rains forced the cancellation of the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show last year, the event is returning with a vengeance, spokesman Tim Beeman said Thursday.

Last spring’s heavy rains not only knocked out Devil’s Slide but soaked the Half Moon Bay Airport grounds, where the coastside show of vintage automobiles, motorcycles, planes and other machines is held each year.

"It was a swamp out there," Beeman said of last year’s conditions.

Organizers expect more than 2,000 machines to be exhibited this year, including military tanks, a World War II-era Japanese "Zero" airplane, monster trucks and a motorcycle that set a world speed record.

"We’ve pulled out all the stops to bring in great new attractions this year," Beeman said.

Despite all the fossil-fuel guzzlers on display, Dream Machines will host its first green-machines exhibit, featuring plug-in hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles, this year. There will also be a monster truck freestyle show and motorcycle trials.

The ACK Attack motorcycle is one of the many featured attractions this year. The streamlined bike broke the world speed record for motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last year. Clocked at an average 342 mph, the bullet-shaped two-wheeler topped the 1990 record of 322 mph, only to be surpassed two days later by a competitor at 350 mph, owner Mike Akatiff said.

Akatiff hasn’t given up, however. This September, he intends to try again, shooting for the 400 mph mark.

The 60-year-old Akatiff, who lives in Cupertino, displayed the ACK Attack in 2006 before it broke the land-speed record. He said he likes the variety of vehicles at Dream Machines.

"It’s one of the biggest shows I know of that encompasses all kinds of machines," he said.

After the annual autumn Pumpkin Festival, Dream Machines is one of the coastside’s biggest annual events, attracting between 20,000 and 35,000 visitors, officials said.

Originally a fundraiser for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center in 1991, the event has grown in popularity, attracting thousands of vehicles, hundreds of motorcycles and planes as well as tractors and engines, Beeman said.

"It varies, but we raise about $50,000 to $70,000 a year," said Bob Senz, one of the event’s founders.

"For the [local] businesses it’s really great," said Charise McHugh, president and CEO of the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce. McHugh expects nearly all the area’s hotels to be sold out and restaurants to be packed.

Machine Mash

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show

» When: Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

» Where: Half Moon Bay Airport, 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway (Hwy. 1)

» Admission: $20 adults (at gate only); $10 ages 11-17 and 65+; 10 and younger, free. Parking is free with admission

» More information: (650) 726-2328 or www.miramarevents.com

- Source: Miramar Events

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