'Wings & Wheelz' show revs up crowd
JANESVILLE While surveying hot rods, sports cars and muscle engines, Todd Reith described himself with two words: gear head.
“I truly love the old pickups,” the Janesville resident said. “I’m building one myself.”
Reith was one of hundreds of spectators who turned out for the Wings & Wheelz fly-in and car show at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport on Saturday. About 180 vehicles were on display.
Vehicles ranged from 1929 Ford Racers to spanking-new Ford Mustangs, from classic 1957 Chevrolets to modern, low-riding pickup trucks with big rims. Many cars had their hoods up to show off the pipes.
“Car guys, you know, they appreciate different stuff,” Reith said. “I’m into the hot rods, the big motors and loud stuff.”
During the show, pilots participated in a flour bomb drop competition. They also had an airplane landing competition. But the drag racing and car show drew the crowd.
Tires squealed throughout the day. The smell of gasoline and exhaust filled the air. Music from the 1950s played over speakers.
Rich Griffa and his son, Justin, attended the show to see fast cars. They’re restoring a 1974 Chevrolet pickup truck at their Janesville home.
“Cars are kind of a hobby for me,” Rich said. “I’ve always worked on motors since I was like 16. I’ve owned Chevys and Pontiacs pretty much all my life.”
Despite being 17, Justin appreciates the old classic cars more than the new sports cars. He also enjoys smoke-filled burnouts.
“I love old cars and trucks,” he said. “I like the fast, loud cars.”
Barb Camren and her children, Beth and Jake, attended the show to see airplanes and cars.
“He loves cars,” Barb said, pointing toward her son. “He’s 6.”
The family watched drag racing for a while. Then they strolled around to see the vehicles.
“It was a nice day,” Barb said.