Picnic Under the Wings

Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica Airport

Article by Tex Otto 

Photos by Walter Meyer and Tom Brockmiller

One of our fun annual events, offers our Club the opportunity to temporarily  excuse lofty warbirds from the hanger at the Museum of Flying and replace them with ground hugging Italian machinery.

Marshall Leib once again coordinated a fantastic display of Ferraris at the Santa Monica Airport facility. The open second floor mezzanine offered an inspiring vantage points from which to look downward onto the cars to study their aerodynamic shapes. All of the Ferrari models take on a different attitude from this available overhead perspective. Even though the Lusso was created before a wind tunnel became an instrument car design, its hand shaped teardrop envelope looks as though this elegant personal aircraft is awaiting installation of its gossamer wings. Outside the hanger basking in the coastal sun, 308?s, 328?s, 360?s and Lamborghini?s look ready to take flight.

With exposure prior to the event courtesy of AAA?s Westways Magazine and live local TV news coverage, a lot of fresh faces were introduced to our Club and learned a few things about the wide range of Ferraris on display.

Our thanks to Burger & Pie for the tasty lunch, One Grand for their detailing clinic, and the Dent Medic for demonstrating their paintless dent removal.

Marilyn McPoland, Director of Programs at the museum offered her thanks to Marshall and Cindy and the FCA Southwest Region for another fun event. July 14th, 2002 is on the calendar for next year?s event. We look forward to seeing you there.