5 Great Father-Son Activities for Father's Day
Fathers and sons should do car stuff together, and there's no better day to do it than Father's Day. Whether you're spending some time with your old man, or you're the old man spending time with your boy, we want you to head out and experience some cool car-related culture this Father's Day. Check out these suggestions:
Collings Foundation Wings & Wheels Open House Stow, Massachusetts
If you're anywhere in New England this Father's Day, make it a point to visit the Collings Foundation's Wings & Wheels Open House. The Collings Foundation was founded in 1979 to organize and support "living history" events that enable Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation. Since 1989, the focus has been on the "Wings of Freedom Tour" of WWII aircraft. This tour showcases two fully restored bomber aircraft: a B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress. The newest addition to the Wings of Freedom Tour is a WWII P-51C Mustang dual-control fighter aircraft. CAR SHOWS: See more automotive event videos Once a year, the Foundation opens to the public at its facility in Stow, Massachusetts, and it's an amazing time. The Collection features a hundred or so cars, many from the Brass and Classic eras, but the aircraft are also present, and operating. Take the old guy up for a 20 minute flight in a PT-17 Stearman, or a 30 minute ride in an AT-6 Texan. Richard Petty Driving Experience Indianapolis, Indiana, Kansas City, Kansas, and Orlando, Florida
Whether you like NASCAR or don't like NASCAR, if your dad's never spent any time on a track, now's the time to get him out there. For just $59, you can put him in the passenger seat for the ride of his life. Don't discount what you can learn from a professional driver at 165 miles per hour. PHOTOS: See more racing photos That learning mostly entails figuring out how to keep your breakfast where it started. It's also a great way for your dad to find out whether he'd like to spend some time behind the wheel. Grand Island Lawnmower Race and Car Show Grand Island, New York
Is your old man a cheapskate? Does he have a lawnmower? Then have we got the event for you. Grand Island is way out toward Niagara Falls (and slowly I turned) and this insane lawnmower racing event began way back in 1978. Lawnmowers run in different classes from walk-behind, all the way up to modified machines that run up to 60 miles per hour. Over the last few years, the community has added a car show to the roster, so there's something to do if you happen to fall off the mower. Awesome events like this are why the rest of the world hates us. Pure jealousy. Rent a Car Flick Netflix
You hope the weather's good so you can head out to the local car show, but sometimes Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. If it's raining buckets, it might be a good time to pick up a handful of car movies. Current car-fan classics on Netflix Streaming include 2002's Super Troopers, following the exploits of a barracks of Vermont State Police Troopers, Bruce Brown's classic motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, featuring the likes of Mert Lawill, Gary Nixon, Steve McQueen and everybody's hero, Malcolm Smith, the incredible Dust To Glory which was directed by Bruce Brown's son, Dana. Videos: See more automotive film and TV clips Both the Brown documentaries are appropriate for kids, but if it's your Father's Day you're celebrating, you might check out The Adventures of Tintin, featuring some terrific sidecar action, and great cars and trucks of the 1930s and 1940s. Go-Karts Anywhere, USA
I'm not talking about some crazy shifter cart nonsense that costs a hundred bucks for a couple of laps. I mean old-school Go-Karts, usually in conjunction with some kind of mini-golf place and maybe a batting cage. There's no better way to simultaneously recapture your youth and show the old man who's the better driver than by flogging the bejesus out of a clapped-out Briggs and Stratton five-horse bolted to some thin-walled steel tubing. Typically run by meth-addict carnies laid off from the Tilt-a-Whirl, most go-kart tracks are pretty liberal with the rules, so if you've happened to have stopped by the Chili's for a few rounds beforehand, there's probably no cause for concern.