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SPANISH FORK, UTAH — For a decade now, Wings and Wheels: Utah’s Festival of Speed has been delighting car and plane enthusiasts with a fun-filled day at the Spanish Fork Airport. This year promises to be the best yet.
“It’s going to be huge. We’ve expanded our area and the events are full of awesome stuff you won’t see anywhere else,” said Trevor Hoyt of Envision, one of the show’s hosts.
And I can attest to what Trevor said. Last year I was giddy as a schoolboy seeing the array of amazing cars and planes in action. It was a highlight of 2021 for me.
If you’re looking for something unique to do with the whole family on Saturday, September 24, Wings and Wheels at Spanish Fork Airport is an event not to be missed.
how it started
Richard Seal, Utah County wealth management consultant and chief organizer of the Utah Festival of Speed, said it all started with a desire to bring the car and plane communities together to a true “Wings and Wheels” event.
“Airport Manager Chris Childs contacted me to start something where the public could come and have fun and see some cool cars and planes,” Seal said. “It turned into auto racing with a car show, air show and more. In the early years the event was pretty small. Now people come from out of state to compete and have fun.”
Wings and Wheels: The Utah Festival of Speed is a one-day event. Program includes Sports Car Club of America Autocross Races, Paratroopers, Flyovers (hold on to your mug, Air Boss!), Cash Days Races, Exotic Car Races, Static Car Show and an airplane show. The little kid in you will smile more than an overly optimistic cartoon character.
The Cash Days Street Race is a head-to-head one-eighth-mile race of street-legal cars. About 40-50 cars are expected, mostly filled with American muscle cars. These races take place in several rounds. The winner of each round advances until there are only two cars left. Each participant contributes a predetermined amount of cash, which results in a lucrative prize for the winner.
The Exotic Car Runway Attack is a top speed contest. This event takes place one car at a time in which top speed in a half-mile straight is the goal. Each pilot will have several attempts to reach his best speed.
Autocross is a short obstacle course set up with cones, consisting of tight turns requiring excellent agility from the driver. The fastest driver to complete the course is the winner. Spectators can expect more than 30-40 cars, including several Porsches, Lotuses and Camaros. The 2022 course offers riders a wider track than in previous years.
An impressive array of aircraft will also be on display, with over 50 on the ground and in the air. Vintage fighter planes including a P51 Mustang, World War I biplanes, jets and garage-built airplanes – Wings and Wheels: Utah’s Festival of Speed has it all. World record holders, the Patey brothers, will also bring their racing jets.
A unique experience
The festival is the only event like it in Utah this year, and the only time the public gets exclusive access to airport taxiways for exotic cars and the like to race full throttle on half a mile.
“We’re working to get some amazing cars out there. Potentially a Porsche 918 Spyder, a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and others. That’s probably the only time the public will get to see them in action, especially since ‘they go head-to-head with a plane,’ Hoyt said.
The festival runs from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and promises to be a great time for all ages and interests.
“In reality, almost everyone should come to the event and have fun,” Seal said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a car lover or a plane lover. What we tried to design is that many communities come together to have a good time. Autocross, cash days, races, exotics, planes and the general public – everyone together. It’s going to be amazing.
Information for participants
If you would like to attend, participate or volunteer, check out the Wings and Wheels tab on the Spanish Fork website for more information. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Everyone 11 and older needs a ticket; children 10 and under are free but must enter with a ticketed adult.
Bringing a lawn chair is a good idea, as are hats, sunscreen and a jacket. There isn’t much shade, but there will be several food trucks on site and all the amenities you need to stay comfortable while you enjoy the event. We’ll see each other there!
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About the Author: Having owned everything from a DeLorean to a BMW M3 E46 and a Toyota Land Cruiser, Jason Bell is a lifelong car enthusiast who enjoys sharing his passions as a teacher, writer, speaker and social media manager. Contact him at [email protected] for comments/questions, or just to say “hello”.