AirVenture attendees can immerse themselves in the experience of driving a truck built to excel in the most extreme conditions, right in the Ford Hangar, with the Ford F-150 Raptor high-end driving simulator. Available for free to AirVenture guests, the simulator will allow visitors to experience Raptor in its element – racing across the desert. It pivots on four axes: tipping forward, backward, moving side-to-side and up and down, with the ability to spin 180 degrees. Actual engine recordings from the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R race truck enhance the experience. Bumps and jolts occur when the driver goes off-course to ensure a realistic ride.
“If we can’t put people in a Raptor at a show, we can put them in the next best thing so they can see what it’s like,” said Brian Bell, Ford’s F-150 consumer marketing manager. “We want people to understand the unique capability of this truck and that it can do things that other trucks just can’t.”
Mustang Monday and Mustang Stampede Car Show
New this year, any driver arriving at Wittman Regional Airport Monday, July 27 in a Ford Mustang will receive free admission to EAA AirVenture courtesy of Ford Motor Company. “Mustang Monday” is expected to attract aviation enthusiasts and fans of the iconic automobile from far and wide.
Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, EAA AirVenture guests can also view some of the most carefully preserved classic Ford Mustang vehicles in the world in the event’s first classic car show, the Mustang Stampede. The show will feature cars from Mustang clubs across the Midwest.
Fiesta Movement Ride and Drive
Aviation fans attending EAA AirVenture will be have the opportunity to join a very select group of individuals to test drive the 2011 Ford Fiesta. Test drives will be available for free at the Fiesta Movement traveling display from Thursday, July 30 to Saturday, August 1 at the EAA Museum on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport. EAA AirVenture will be one of the final stops on the Fiesta Movement tour. Details on the Fiesta Movement are available at www.fiestamovement.com.
One of Motor Trend’s "Gotta Have Cars" for 2010, the Ford Fiesta will make a bold statement on the American road. In Europe, the Fiesta name has been synonymous with outstanding performance, design and value for over 30 years and millions of miles. The new Ford Fiesta takes that three-decade heritage to a new level with eye-catching styling and exemplary driving dynamics for U.S. consumers.
Model T Ride Experience
Henry Ford’s Model T revolutionized the consumer automobile industry when it hit the market in 1908. More than one hundred years later, thousands of EAA AirVenture attendees will join Ford in celebrating the innovation by partaking in a parade of fully-functional Model Ts, browsing an incredible collection of the vehicles, and taking rides in any of several Model Ts on site with members of the Model T Ford Club of America.
The Doobie Brothers Rock on Opening Day
Ford will present legendary American blues/rock band The Doobie Brothers as the EAA AirVenture opening day feature performance, free of charge to all AirVenture guests that day. The Doobie Brothers will take the stage at approximately 6:00 p.m. July 27 at the AeroShell Square, adjacent to the Ford Hangar. With more than 22 million albums sold nationwide since the band first hit the music scene in the 1970s, The Doobie Brothers are known for “blues-based songs with a rock edge, often with lush vocal harmonies.”
Ford to Present the “Fly-In Theater”
Ford Motor Company is the presenting sponsor again this year of the EAA AirVenture "Fly-In Theater." With generous support from Hamilton Watch, the open-air Fly-In Theater will offer evening family entertainment for attendees. Located adjacent to EAA’s Camp Scholler camping area, each evening at approximately 8:30 p.m., tens of thousands of patrons will watch free aviation-themed movies on the theater’s five-story screen, complete with night sky seating. Each feature will be introduced by a celebrity presenter, with actor and EAA Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford on site to welcome fans the evening of July 29, prior to a free screening of his film “Six Days Seven Nights.”
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Mustang drivers can arrive anytime throughout the day on “Mustang Monday,” with the first 2,500 receiving free admission courtesy of Ford Motor Company.
Ford Motor Company created a truly one-of-a-kind vehicle, the Mustang AV-X10 "Dearborn Doll," to be sold at auction during the EAA.