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2018 February PASO Magazine

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THINGS ARE HAPPENIN’ AT THE ESTRELLA WARBIRDS MUSEUM On Saturday, May 12, 2018, Estrella Warbirds Museum will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the original Warbirds Wings & Wheels event, first held on May 9, 2009. The museum had just finalized construction of the Brooks Building, a 4,900-square foot facility scheduled to house restored military vehicles. After much debate, it was decided to hold an Open House with the added attraction of a vintage and classic car show and thousands of people attended. The following year, Dick Woodland opened the Woodland Auto Display at Estrella Warbirds Museum. Back in 2009, who would have thought, ten years later the car show would grow into a sizeable event attracting not only participants from all over California, but also world-renowned race car drivers, automotive designers, builders and enthusiasts! Notables, such as racing legends Parnelli Jones, Bobby Unser, HotRod designer Bones Noteboom, Blackie Gejeian, TV personalities such as Dennis Gage, and others have been special guests at the event or have supported the event over the years. In 2016, the event was immortalized when Dennis Gage featured Warbirds Wings & Wheels 8 on the nationally syndicated television show, "My Classic Car." Gage returns in 2018 as special guest host for WWW 10. When Gage was in Paso in 2016, he also filmed a My Classic Car segment at the Woodland Auto Display. It can take awhile until a filming hits their viewing schedule. In early January, Richard Woodland described when to expect it. “I just received word that the My Classic Car segment of the Woodland Auto Display will be aired on Saturday, Feb. 24 on the Velocity TV channel. No firm time as yet. That will put it out nationally about 10 weeks ahead of our WWW10/Mega Swap Meet.” FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY The Friday night dinner and barn dance features Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band, reservations are required. RICHARD WOODLAND NOMINATED TO WEST COAST STOCK CAR HALL OF FAME FOR 2018 Richard Woodland, the main force behind the Woodland Auto Display which has it's home at the Estrella Warbirds Museum, has been nominated to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Woodland, from Templeton, built his first race car, a jalopy, in 1958 at age 15. In 1963, driver Mark Ward drove his supermodified to the top 20 in NASCAR national points. In 1964, Woodland turned 21 and raced for the first time, with a best feature finish in NASCAR competition at Fresno, California’s Kearney Bowl. After military service, Woodland drove a California Racing Association sprint car at Ascot Park in Gardena, but with a growing family, turned owner and hired Frank Secrist and Jim Eiland. (Secrist was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year and Richard gave the speech recognizing his efforts.) Later, Woodland teamed with Billy Wilkerson. Their drivers included P.J. Jones, Rip Williams and Ron Shuman, who won the initial SCRA championship for the team. Woodland entered the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. in 1991 and continued with his son, Rich Jr. In 55 races, they won once (at Phoenix in 1998) and finished fifth in the 1995 standings. They also entered several NASCAR premier series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series events. Anyone familiar with Richard Woodland knows what a proud and humble man he is. In learning he had been nominated to the Hall of Fame, he said, “I have mixed emotions that run from being somewhat embarrassed to being extremely honored to be named along with some on the list. Whether I am voted in or not, I am deeply honored to be considered for the distinction. The following is a partial list of others nominated: George Follmer; Tommy Kendall; Boris Said; Tom Gloy; JD Gibbs; and Marshall Sargent. If you follow sports car and stock car racing at all, these are all major players.” Five inductees will be named Sunday, March 11, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 21 at the Meritage Resort in Napa, California. 30 PASO Magazine, January 2018

CAR SHOW PARTICIPANTS Car show participants can sign up now for $40 entry fee that includes: 2 all access wrist bands, T-shirt, goodie bag, dash plaque, photo of your car with a Warbird plane and event poster. Special drawing limited to car show participants only - one ticket per entry - 1st prize - $600, 2nd prize - $400, and 3rd prize - $200. For information contact Carol Verstuyft at 674- 3939 or on-line at MEGA SWAP MEET The Mega Swap Meet will feature new and used street rod parts; vintage auto, race car, vintage motorcycle and vintage tractor parts, hit and miss engines, petroliana collectables, automotive art plus much more. Swap Meet registration information contact Wayne Bloechl at 460-9181 or online at THOUSANDS OF VISITORS EXPECTED There will be plenty of free parking for visitors adjacent to the grounds at 4251 Dry Creek Road in Paso Robles. WWW10 will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 donation to the museum includes entry to the car show, Mega Swap Meet and all museum buildings will open at 10 a.m. The Food Court includes vendors and the Firestone Walker Beer Garden. Fun activities are planned throughout the day including bounce houses, face painting and other activities in the Kid Zone, Corn Hole Toss Competition (2 person team event with cash prizes), Vintage Front End Dragsters vs Historic NASCAR Racers Cackle-fest, great prize drawings. For more information, call 238-9317 or go to January 2018, PASO Magazine 31

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