We have been advised that WINGS, WHEELS & ROTORS scheduled for Sunday October 22, 2017 has been cancelled. The e-mail we received from Tom Lasser about the cancellation follows. We attended this show many times and are sad to hear that it has been cancelled.
LosAl Wings, Wheels And Rotors Silenced For 2017
It’s a no go, no fly zone for Los Alamitos’s annual Wings, Wheels and Rotors show.
By Ashley Ludwig (Patch Staff) – Updated September 15, 2017 12:04 pm ET
LOS ALAMITOS, CA — The October expected Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo will not take place for 2017 according to a report released on Friday.
The scheduled event which should have started on Oct. 22 at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, will not take place this year because the organizers could not reach agreement with the state agency that manages the facility, it was reported Friday.
The process leading to the event’s cancellation has been underway for some time. In 2015, after 13 years of allowing them, the Joint Forces Training Base put the kibosh on aerial activities at the annual Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo, the Orange County Register reported.
Now the plug has been pulled altogether on the biggest event in Los Alamitos. On Thursday, the Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce announced the cancellation of its event on Oct. 22.
Emil Jorge, chairman of the chamber, said discussions with the California Military and National Guard broke down over wheels, not wings and rotors.
“The event includes a popular car show,” Jorge said in comments reported by the register. “We’ve always charged each entrant a small amount — $40 to $60.
We were told we could no longer charge that fee.” Organizers learned that vendors could not rent space to sell retail merchandise such as T- shirts.
Only food vendors would be allowed this time around.
As a result, the chamber was unable to afford the not-for-profit event, Jorge said, adding “We lost our ability to recoup our costs” even though the free expo costs only about $80,000 to put on.The California Military Department issued a statement saying:
“We are, at heart, a community-based organization, and as such, must ensure these important events meet stringent federal legal, fiscal and ethical guidelines. Unfortunately, the popular Wings, Wheels and Rotors event did not meet these guidelines.”
In the past, Wheels, Wings and Rotors has attracted as many as 35,000 people, although that number dropped by several thousand after the cessation of helicopter and airplane rides.