Preparations are well under way for Torcan 2018, and we are excited to let everyone know what the theme awards will be for this years show.
Aircraft – 75 years since the Doolittle Raid – In April 1942 Lt. Col. Jim Doolittle proved the value of the medium range bomber by conducting a surprise bombing raid with on Tokyo Japan using B25B Mitchells medium bombers. Subjects to be considered for this category can be any US medium bomber, any era.
Military – Formation of the Israeli Defense Forces IDF – Formed on May 26 1948 by Defense Min. David Ben-Gurion the IDF was tested right away with the 1948 War of Independence. Subject to be considered for this category can be any military vehicle with IDF markings.
Automobiles – Birth of NASCAR – Car racing can be traced back to the 20’s and 30’s with modified cars born out the bootlegging days. Race tracks like Daytona already existed in the 30’s and 40’s but after many meetings William Frances Sr. was able form NASCAR on Feb 21st 1948 70 years ago. Subjects to be considered for this category can be any NASCAR racing vehicle.
SHIPS – Birth of the Turbo Electric Navy ships – The American battleship the USS New Mexico was commissioned on May 20th 1918, and she was the first warship with a turbo electric propulsion system. That was 100 years ago! Prior to this her launch all ships were steam driven. Subjects to be considered for this category can be any Turbo Electric Navy ship including Submarines. Nuclear powered subjects are not included.
Figures – 60th anniversary of the Spaghetti Western – Although Italian westerns were made as early as 1943, the films we know and love started in 1958 with,” The Sherriff of Broken Jaw” and even though these western style movies are still being filmed today some can argue that the era ended in 1968 with the classic” Once Upon a Time in the West”. Subjects to be considered for this category can be any wild west gunfighter.
Sci-Fi/Real Space – 60th anniversary of NASA – Dwight D. Eisenhower established the need for a civilian space program and on July 21st 1958 the National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed by Congress. Subjects to be considered for this category can be any NASA space vehicle real or on the drawing board with supporting documentation.