Burlington kicks off new summer event with two-day display of classic Porsche cars | Local News


BURLINGTON — From the big screen to your hometown, Hollywood’s favorite sports car, Porsche, is coming to Burlington this summer for a special exhibit.

More than 100 Porsches dating back to the 1950s will be on display August 20 and 21 to give car enthusiasts a unique insight into the famous German speedster featured in films such as ‘Risky Business’ and ‘Bad Boys’.

The show will begin the night of August 20, when approximately 30 Porsche owners will display their vehicles in the Loop neighborhood of downtown Burlington for a casual display from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The following day, a bigger show is planned at the Burlington Municipal Airport, where up to 150 Porsches are on display, with owners available to chat about the alluring sports car.

The show scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 21 will take place in tandem with an airplane fly-in, combining the classic cars with a variety of vintage aircraft on display.

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“I don’t know if we’ve ever had an event like this,” said Deanna Tritz, Burlington Airport Commission member and co-chair of the combined plane-car lounge.

Parking and access to airport grounds are free and open to the general public.

Airport officials plan to kick off the day with a pancake breakfast presented at 8:30 a.m. by a choir of Burlington High School students. This will be followed later by a luncheon presented by the Burlington Fire Department, price to be determined.

The airport has been flying for many years and a small car show was included last year. But this year’s addition of the large-scale Porsche exhibition is new, along with a vendor village promoting automotive and aerospace products and local businesses.

The Auto Show is produced by Fuelfed Inc., a Wilmette, Illinois-based company that has been hosting classic car shows since 1998. The company has held shows in Twin Lakes, Pleasant Prairie and elsewhere, but never in Burlington.

Company founder and owner Brian Hughes said he prefers smaller communities and was intrigued by the opportunities at Burlington Airport at 703 Airport Drive.

“I think Burlington is a cool little town,” he said.

The company runs a private club for over 1,000 owners of Porsches, Mercedes-Benzes, Ferraris and other European-made classic vehicles. Up to 150 Porsches are expected in Burlington, showcasing the evolution of the German-made sports car from 1950 to 1995.

Fox Point’s Luis Arisso plans to bring his 1987 Porsche 944, and he’s eager to tell stories about his road trips and his work to keep the bright yellow vehicle in top driving condition.

“It’s really about sharing experiences,” he says.

Burlington city officials agreed to close The Loop on the night of Aug. 20 for the two-hour “pre-event” rally of about 30 Porsche owners along Chestnut Street between Milwaukee Avenue and Pine Street.

The Runaway micropub, 109 E. Chestnut St., has agreed to sell some of its beers on The Loop during the event, which will also include live music.

Brewery owner Bernard Petersen said he thought area residents would be drawn to the unusual two-day display.

“I really think vintage Porsches are pretty cool,” he said. “It’s something different.”

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