The first of what is expected to be an annual Traffic Jam … at WAAAM.
We resist the urge to wax rhapsodic about the attractions of the Columbia River Gorge, but we can’t help ourself when it comes to WAAAM — the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.
If you have not visited WAAAM, you are missing one of the truly great collections of antique — and fully functional — airplanes and cars .
On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, WAAAM will temporarily expand its collection — by welcoming car enthusiasts and collectors to bring their rides to Hood River. WAAAM itself is home to 91 classic airplanes, and dozens of automobiles.
Add anywhere “from 30 to 300″ more vehicles during the Traffic Jam, says assistant director Donna Davidson. Visiting drivers and their cars will cruise through Hood River between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Afterwards, they’ll gather on the lawn south of WAAAM for casual food, refreshments and a tribute to the drive-in movie era. That’s right, on property just to the east of Hood River’s last drive-in theater, WAAAM will project a car-themed movie onto the south wall of the museum. Pray for clear skies.
Saturday features a breakfast by the local Lions Club, the car show — including a guest appearance by the Kasey Khane #38 NASCAR show car, discounted admission to the museum ($10 for adults, vs. $12 normal; $5 for kids, vs. $6 normal), and a demonstration assembly of a Model T.
It all wraps up with an awards presentation late Saturday afternoon. See you there.