In the 60s, no surfing safari would be complete without a "woody" (or woodie) station wagon parked on the beach, surfboards lashed to the roof ... setting off good vibrations.
The origins of this modern wood-trimmed wagon stem from early horse-drawn wagons. Later,of course, wood was used for the framing and bodywork of early 20th century vehicles from cars to trucks. The first mass-produced wood-sided station wagon, a 1929 Ford, sold for $650.Today, the largest collection of vintage woodies is parked at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine, where an exhibit entitled, Vacationland Woodies in Maine," will be on display through December. More than 25 specialty "woodie s" are spotlighted including a 1999 Subaru Forester Woody Wagon concept car and a 1900 Bronson Horse Drawn Wagon.
Along with revolving car-related exhibits, the Owls Head Transportation Museum holds a series of special events. This summer, car hobbyists can enjoy two gatherings: a Transportation Spectacular and Aerobatic Air Show that features hundreds of antique autos on display along with antique engines, classic aircraft and a aerobatic stunt air show on Aug. 4-5; and the Annual New England Auction of Antique, Classic and Special Interest Vehicles on Aug. 18, with more than 200 vintage autos crossing the auction block.
The museum is located on Route 73 in Maine and admission is $8 for adults or $23 for family entrance and $6 for ages 6-12; for information call 207-594-4418.
You "woodie" fans can also search the web for upcoming events and club information. Visit www.nationalwoodie.com for the National Woodie Club or www.oldwoodies.com for the Old Woodies web site.
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