Wings and Wheels in Hammondsport is an annual event sponsored by and for the benefit of The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. All proceeds go directly to the Curtiss Museum and we encourage you to visit it while you're in Hammondsport. It's a must see if you've never been and if you have been, you should go back because so much has changed recently!
Seaplanes will be parked at Depot Park in Hammondsport at the head of Keuka Lake. Show cars will be parked along Shethar Street and on Park Place adjacent to the Village Square. All options are within a short, easy walk.
All show car entrants and seaplanes are required to pre-register prior to arriving at the event. There is no donation required for seaplanes. Show car entrants are required to make a $15 donation to the Museum at the time of registration. The owners of registered seaplanes or show cars will receive a welcome package containing a “windshield card” and several other valuable items.
Each arriving seaplane pilot and 1 co-pilot will also receive complimentary tickets to the event banquet taking place on Saturday night at the Curtiss Museum.
Our sponsor hotel is the beautiful new Best Western Plus in Hammondsport. There are other local hotels and B&B's available, as well. A listing of these accommodations can be found at the Hammondsport Chamber Web Site
Food & Beverage
There are numerous, excellent restaurants and an historic watering hole called Maloney's in the Village of Hammondsport. There will be food vendors at Depot Park and on the Village Square, as well. You will have no shortage of choices when you get hungry or thirsty.
Banquet Dinner Saturday Night
All are encouraged to stay and enjoy the wonderful banquet dinner at the Curtiss Museum. You will sit and mingle amongst the exhibits. There will be complimentary beer and wine available at 6:00 PM and the fabulous 4-course dinner is at 7:00PM. Announcements, awards and a silent auction will follow at 8:00 PM. There will be numerous historic and interesting items up for auction with all proceeds going directly to the Curtiss Museum. The cost to attend is only $50 per person and it is open to the public. Remember, arriving Seaplane Pilots and 1 co-pilot are invited to attend the banquet at no cost. You can register for the banquet and view the banquet menu by clicking the button below.
Free Shuttle Service
There will be a free shuttle service running from 10:00AM – 4:00PM on Saturday and Sunday. It will operate in a loop with stops at
Depot Park, where the Seaplane activity will be
The Village Square in the center of the village of Hammondsport where the car show activity will be centered
At the Hammondsport Central School for overflow parking
At the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum for over flow parking and museum visits
The loop will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Thank you to the ARC of Steuben County for their generous support.
Activities For Kids
There will be lots to do for kids of all ages so plan to bring them! The seaplane activity at Depot Park is always a favorite! This will be on going Saturday and Sunday. The car show will feature unique and interesting cars that always captivate the young ones, too. There will be a trophy given out both days during the car show for the “Kids Choice Award”, so while you’re looking at and deciding on which cars to vote for (more info on awards below) your self, your children will do the same. We want their involvement and votes each day at the car show. There will also be a “Kid Zone” at the museum tent in Depot Park with specific activities geared toward kids. Then, of course, there is the Museum, which you’re encouraged to visit while you’re here. Leave your car where it is and take the shuttle! Or park at the museum and after your visit, leave your car there and take the shuttle into town.
Car Show Awards
Unique trophies will be awarded on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3:30 PM in the Village Square. Unlike some car shows where the judges are experts who critique ever inch of your car from top to bottom, the judges at Wings & Wheels in Hammondsport are the audience members. Those who choose to participate (and all will be encouraged) will be provided with a ballot where they will vote for their favorites in each category. Those votes will be tallied and awards will be given on each day. The award categories are:
American Classic (1998 or older) – 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
American Exotic (1999 or newer) – 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
Foreign Exotic (all years) – 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
Best of Show
Kids Choice Award
Each day there will be a separate vote, tally, and set of awards given so in effect during this 2 day car show, there are 2 separate contests. If you are a car show entrant, we encourage you to register for and participate on both days. Stay the night and enjoy the village and the lake and all of the fun that the event provides. Also, don't forget to register for the Saturday night banquet at the Curtiss Museum! If you are a spectator, the same goes for you. We will have numerous cars that come for just one day so it will be like 2 car shows in one 2 day event.
Seaplane rides will be available for a fee at Depot Park starting Friday afternoon and will be available both Saturday and Sunday. Rides will be provided by Finger Lakes Seaplanes, LLC., based in Pulteney, NY. They will be approximately 30 minutes in duration and will be on and around Keuka Lake. Rides will be available on a first come, first served basis, and are of course, weather permitting. Please keep in mind that wind and water surface state are included in “weather”. The professional team at Finger Lakes Seaplanes, LLC will decide on their ability to operate given the conditions. Their aircraft can accommodate 3 passengers plus the pilot. Groups of 2 may be asked to separate across 2 rides so the aircraft is always able to fly with those 3 seats occupied.