Scott Saunders, event chair | Posted: Saturday, July
7, 2012 7:00 am
The First Annual Plainville Wings and Wheels car show
and fly-in is over.
According to many who attended, it was a huge success
This event was founded on an idea from good friends,
Jeff Adams and Mike Turcotte.
They wanted to put on a car show in
Through discussions with Jeff and Mike, and our wives
Daphne, Corinne and Andrea, we expanded the original plan to include a flyin and
The committee decided to support two local charities,
the Petit Family Foundation and the Plainville Community Food
Following a presentation to the Plainville Aviation
Commission, the plan to use
Carling Technologies, conveniently located right next
to the airport, let us have the car show on their
As the scope of the project grew, the committee
brought in additional people. We knew that we needed experienced people to guide
us for the event to be truly successful.
Town Manager Robert Lee and his wife Peggy joined our
efforts. Their desire to promote
All of the volunteers, sponsors and collaborating
vendors know who they are, and we couldn't have done it without them. Joe
Bellino, the long-time organizer of the Simsbury Fly-In, graciously offered
advice on fundraising and organization.
Unfortunately, Joe passed away before the event became
a reality. The Plainville Fire Company gave their time and shared their
experience in running the Plainville Balloon Festival.
Without them and Keith Gnazzo our fundraising results
would have been substantially reduced. Jeff and Mike wanted to work with the
Bristol Auto Club, and I have to say they couldn't have made a better choice.
Our contact, Dave Champagne, shared his extensive experience in organizing and
running car shows. Working together with Reggie L'Heureaux, Pete Budnik and
others from BAC, Jeff and Mike made their dream a reality.
The Aviation Commission informed us that the
Plainville Historical Society was looking to have a car show of their own to
showcase some original Plainville Stadium Racers and it was suggested that we
try to combine our efforts. Working with
Lynn Michaud and Brian O'Leary of Interstate Aviation,
assisted by volunteer Neal Witkin, coordinated the Fly-In. They worked hard to
attract helicopters and aircraft.
From the beginning, we had vendors and sponsors eager
to participate. Many local organizations and businesses wanted to help, and we
greatly appreciated their involvement and hard work to make this a success. You
can find them on the Sponsors page of our website,
com and we hope you will support them in the same spirit
they have supported us.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the Plainville Fire
Company and Police Department for all of their dedication and support. We thank
Dean Cardinale (and Eddie) for the live music, as well as our emcee, Town
Councilman Dan Hurley. We further thank Miles Greenfield and Rino Ouellette for
their generosity and guidance. We are grateful for all of the Food Pantry
volunteers and the students of
On behalf of the Plainville Wings and Wheels
Committee, we thank Dr. William Petit and the Petit Family Foundation, and Susie
Woerz and the Plainville Community Food Pantry for all the good work they do in
our community. They give us inspiration to contribute and make things better. We
appreciate all of the spectators who came out to see what our town has to offer,
and we hope to see you all again next year.