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Roar n’ Soar showcases gravity- and speed-defying stunts

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Two-day Racing Extravaganza of classic air, land and sea vehicles
returns to Fantasy of Flight for fifth year, Nov. 12-13

POLK CITY, Fla. – Fantasy of Flight, Central Florida’s premier aviation attraction, is putting the “Wow!” factor back into Polk County with its Fifth Annual Roar n’ Soar, a signature two-day racing extravaganza showcasing the finest classic racing machines ever built for land, sea or air.

The All-American-themed, family event returns for its fifth year with an even more thrilling, jam-packed roster of events, including hair-rising aerial demonstrations, nail-biting classic car slalom competitions, exhibition fly-bys from sleek vintage race boats, an aerial “dog fight” by powered paragliders, and an exciting sports showcase featuring skilled motocross riders. Meanwhile, the classic boat show and regatta, and classic car show provide entertainment for the slightly more faint of heart.

Roar n’ Soar revs into Fantasy of Flight on Sat., Nov. 12 and Sun., Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. (gates open at 9 a.m.) at the attraction’s spacious lakefront grounds and airfield in Polk City, Fla., midway between Orlando and Tampa. Tickets are on sale now for the family-oriented event.

Throughout the two-day festival, the best of the best in the world of aviation will perform heart-stopping precision aerial maneuvers featuring the “World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection”™ including the Grumman Duck, P51-C and T-6 Texan. The daring pilots who fly these sometimes temperamental beauties will be on hand between flights to greet guests and inspire the dreams of future pilots of all ages.

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 that make it virtually impossible to believe that these aircraft are flown via remote control.

Adding to the weekend’s hold-your-breath excitement, a team of powered paragliders will compete in a “kiting” contest to see who can fly their glider the longest. Spectators can chant for their favorite or root for the under-dog while these paragliders participate in an aerial dog fight of sorts to keep their competition from “stealing” their air or tugging on their line.

The Ives Brothers, Kyle and Cody, the youngest motocross team in America, join this year’s exciting Roar n’ Soar line up with their gravity-defying “Original Ball of Steel Show” as well as heart-pounding freestyle distance jumps. The brothers have performed all over the world, on numerous TV shows, and with other famous motocross and motorcycle stuntmen, including Robbie Knievel, Spanky Spangler, the Metal Mulisha, Orange County Choppers, and many more.

Meanwhile, classic car lovers will enjoy a stroll through 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. Prime viewing spots along the course ensure that spectators won’t miss a second of the engine-revving action.

Serious collectors and adrenaline junkies can move off the sidelines to showcase their own vehicles and skills in a number of events. Speed through the slalom course, kick up some dirt with off-road RC races or proudly display pre-1985 vintage, classic, exotic or unusual cars, motorcycles and trucks. Online applications are available at Car clubs and groups of 15 or more can take advantage of special group rates.

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 scenic Lake Agnes. Boats and their drivers will be available between runs to meet with guests and take photos.

Finally, for children, the fun never stops at Roar n’ Soar. Special “Kid’s Crew” children’s

activities are offered as part of the event. Kids can try their hand at flying their own hot air balloon and hang gliding simulators in Fantasy of Flight’s “Fun with Flight.”

For more information or to purchase Roar n’ Soar tickets, call 863-984-3500 or visit

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