Welcome to Prell’s International ┬áSpecial Shape Balloon Team

Oxford Promotions Ltd. is a hot air balloon company specializing in special shape balloons. We fly our special shape balloons all around the world at international ballooning events advertising for major sponsors. We also do a lot of events here in the states. Frank Prell is the owner, creator & chief pilot for all the balloons. Marc Howard is the Promotions Director and Crew Chief for all the balloons. He also designs all the balloon pins manufactured by Oxford.

Our current collection of special shape balloons!

The Wish Cake balloon
The Ice Cream Cone balloon

Oxford Promotions Ltd.

Frank Prell, Owner

3103 Fern Valley Road, Suite #108

Louisville, Kentucky 40213-3591

United States of America

(502) 968-5371 phone

(502) 968-8355 fax


Frank Prell

Owner & Pilot of the

Wish Cake, Bouquet of Tulips & Ice Cream Cone balloons

Over 1200 flight hours

with 400 hours in special shape balloons

Avid balloon pin collector

Frank is a land developer with holdings in Kentucky and Florida. He has loved flying as long as he can remember. 

He started flying fixed wing planes in 1972 and balloons in 1977. In 1985 he received his gas balloon rating while

attending the World Championships in Battle Creek, Michigan. Frank received his British Pilot’s Licenses in 1989

before receiving his first special shape balloon. In 1994 he received his Australian License and in 1995 received

his Japanese License.

Frank’s first balloon, “THE WIZARD”, soon became a familiar sight around the country with a unique design of a

black balloon with a moon, stars and a myriad design of the universe.

In 1986 he premiered his second balloon, “THE WIZARD II” which brought thunderous applause from crowds all

over the country as this beautiful, multicolored pastel rendering of Merlin & Nimue flew the skies.

“THE CLOWN” balloon, manufactured in England in 1989 was Franks next toy. Being his first special shape balloon,

he has enjoyed flying all over the world with the Clown at different balloon events. Children of all ages are sure

to be delighted when the British registered G-GWIZ inflates and takes to the sky.

In 1990, Frank received his second special shape balloon. And who else to keep the attention of the children of

the world better than “SANTA CLAUS.” This spectacular balloon stands 186 feet tall and the envelope alone weighs

890 lbs. G-HOHO is the balloon’s British registration. The Santa Claus has flown beside the Clown in the USA,

Canada, Holland, Belgium, England, Switzerland, Japan and Australia. Both balloons have functional waving arms

that greets spectators as they ascend and descend upon the crowds.

In January 1993, Frank flew the maiden voyage of his third special shape balloon in Chateau-d’Oex, Switzerland.

This balloon will continue to create smiles and celebrations for the children that Frank loves so much.

“THE WISH CAKE” balloon took off in a joyous applause from all the spectators in Chateau-d’Oex. The balloon is

decorated with 16 pink candles, 8 red roses & white icing with colored trim. The Wish Cake was built by Lindstrand

Balloons Ltd. in Oswestry, England and holds the registration of G-WISH. This balloon has been so popular we

ordered a replacement envelope in 2001. At the Millennium Frank purchased his next special shape balloon. The

“Bouquet of Tulips.” Its an amazing balloon that has 24 tulips on top in Red, White, Blue & Orange. Originally

designed by a Dutch pilot the balloon is now a member of Frank’s Fleet of special shape balloons. 2011 brought

us our newest special shape balloon the Ice Cream Cone. Look for it at some up coming balloon events around

the world.

Frank has accumulated more than 1100 hours flight time and has participated in events across the US, Canada,

Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Latvia, England, China, Thailand,

Mexico and Scotland. He was a member of the “Balloon Exploration Society” open only to balloon pilots who have

flown in at least 10 countries other than their own.

In Franks spare time he is an avid pin collector and has published a book, “Balloon Pins” back in 1985. It

documents balloon pins Frank has collected from around the world. Frank holds one of the largest collection of

balloon pins in the world.

Frank’s love of flying and the smiles of children have combined in a most unique way. Smiles, laughter and fun

have resulted in his special shapes, “The Clown,” “The Santa Claus,” “The Wish Cake” and the “Bouquet of Tulips”

and the Ice Cream Cone balloon.

Contact Us

Oxford Promotions Ltd.

Frank Prell, Owner

fprell40@hotmail.com – NEW EMAIL

3103 Fern Valley Road, Suite #108

Louisville, Kentucky 40213-3591

United States of America

(502) 968-5371 phone

(502) 968-8355 fax


Marc Howard

Promotions Director and Crew Chief