Roar n’ Soar, Fantasy of Flight’s signature two-day extravaganza of the world’s finest classic land, sea and air racing machines ever built, will return this weekend. Now in its third year, the event promises an even bigger combination air show, classic car show and slalom competition, boat show and regatta and extreme sports showcase held Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Fla., midway between Orlando and Tampa.
Roar n’ Soar takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8 (gates open at 9 a.m.) at the attraction’s spacious lakefront grounds and airfield. Throughout the two-day festival, the best of the best in aviation perform precision aerial maneuvers in Fantasy of Flight owner and founder Kermit Weeks’ “World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection” including the Grumman Duck, P51-C and Fokker DR-1. Pilots will be on hand between maneuvers to greet guests. Challenging their full-size counterparts, giant-scale model aircraft will strut their stuff in their own demonstration of formation flying, precision aerobatics and aerial combat maneuvers.
A team of powered paragliders will also create a colorful canopy in the sky as they demonstrate the world’s smallest, most personal aircraft in which they wear their motors on their backs. Not to be outdone, Neal Goss, the Guinness World Records oldest living hang glider at 89 years old, will be on-hand to demonstrate his record-breaking techniques.
Meanwhile, classic car lovers will enjoy seeing the Rare, Antique, Classic & Exotic Car Show, marveling at classic and one-of-a-kind luxury automobiles including Jaguar, Austin-Healy, Ferrari, BMW and Porsche. These stunning cars aren’t just for show — many of them feature the horsepower and torque to kick up some dust in the sanctioned Jaguar Slalom competition, in which drivers of all types of classic cars will test their mettle by maneuvering through a cone-lined course on the hangar tarmac.
Vintage race boats are just as plentiful at Roar n’ Soar, where the Classic Race Boat Association is hosting as many as 50 of the most elegant and powerful race boats ever built in exhibition fly-bys on the mile-and-a-half-course along Lake Agnes. Boats and their drivers will be available between runs to meet with guests and take photos. Orlando Culvert Dodgers will be running gasoline and nitro methane powered radio-control model boats in a race-like, oval course on Lake Agnes.
Special “Kid’s Crew” children’s activities are offered as part of the event where kids can try their hand at flying their own hot air balloon and hang gliding simulators in Fantasy of Flight’s “Fun with Flight,” with prizes awarded for precision landings.
Fantasy of Flight is partnering with Homefront Hugs USA to pack holiday gift packages to ship to U.S. Troops overseas. Guests pre-purchasing tickets or buying them at the gate who
also bring a donated item from a list of the soldiers’ most desirable items will receive $5 off one event ticket for one donated item.
• $20 AT&T Prepaid phone card
• Bulk package of beef jerky
• Multi-packs of chewing gum
• Packages of note cards
• Packages of protein bars
One-day tickets are available for adults for $23 per person with one child ages 6 to 15 free ($12 value) with a paying adult. Two-day tickets are available for adults for $38 per person with one child ages 6to 15 free ($19 value) with a paying adult. Children 5 and younger are free. Active military and veterans may purchase a weekend event pass for $15 per person and receive a free weekend pass for a child. Valid Military ID required at time of purchase. Discounted rate is not valid for additional guests.
For more information or to purchase Roar n’ Soar tickets, call 863-984-3500 or visit fantasyofflight.com.