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4251 Dry Creek Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Former NASA Engineer
I realised when reading Dan's bio that I have watched movies about the very projects he was involved in. This is a side of Dan that most probably don't know and a dinner that you won't want to miss!
Dan was born in Los Angeles and grew up in San Gabriel Valley. He was graduated from Alhambra High School and earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Cal State LA in 1964. During college Dan worked at North American Aviation and was the project engineer on the head struts for the astronaut crew couch to absorb energy during landing of the Apollo. Dan was the responsible head engineer for the up-righting systems on Apollo space craft when landing in water. Other areas that Dan will be addressing are stress analysis on a very early computer, mechanical packaging design for the power Conditioning and coltrol systems for several Jet Propulsion Lab space craft, along with lab equipment carried by the Space Shuttle. He was responsible for design of a Integrated Laser Engagement System of the type which were used by some of the planes and vehicles on display in our museum.
Upon retiring Dan and Carol moved to rural Paso Robles. They have been married 12 years and between them have four sons, one daughter, eight grand children and two great grand children with another due in June. They now have an olive farm with 320 trees producing Hot Rod Alley Olive Oil. (Good Stuff!)
As a hobby Dan spent 55 years vintage car road racing. Starting his racing career at age eleven in a soap box derby car he progressed through a 550 hp Lola T300 Formula 5000 open wheel car. He has won notable races and had a goal of winning a race at age 80 before retiring from racing. He did just that in 2021 at age 81, much to the regret of Carol, his #1 fan and supporter. Don't forget to ask him about his own car collection and workshop/museum.
EWM Founder Gary Corippo, Roast, December, 2022
Gary Corippo's Roast was attended by 232 guests. Gary was the center of attention as many of his family, museum members, board members and staff took turns reminiscing on how Gary started the museum and would never take "no" for an answer.
Gary was pirate or visionary - or even both! All stories were good natured and Gary was presented an award by president John Couch and the Board. As usual, Gary was the biggest personality in the room!
New From Woodland Auto Display
Ken Clapp Annex
We finally received occupancy for the new addition which Claudia and I plan to name the "Ken Clapp Annex". Ken was one of the top executives at NASCAR for many years where he oversaw West Coast operations for NASCAR. In addition, he promoted hundreds of short track races in California. Ken had also been a major donor to the Estrella Warbirds Museum in years past. He currently oversees the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame and is a Board Member for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
The first project is to reorganize and relocate our expanded automotive library into the new room. With special thanks to Dave Wolin, long time friend and supporter, you will soon be able to view an ever expanding collection of older printed racing and automotive history. Stay tuned!
Future plans call for rotating tributes to many who dedicated their passions to vintage racing, and the vehicles which played a major role is the history of automotive racing. The first two vehicles featured will be the 1937 Midget (Old Ironsides) driven by Bill Vukovich whose career took him all the way to the Indy 500, and #88, originally built by Art "Shorty" Scovil in 1930 and later updated in 1947. This Sprint Car (originally called "Big Cars") was raced over the years by numerous owners and drivers quite successfully at the various Northern California tracks. Of the many standout drivers, three progressed to compete at the Indianapolis 500!