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4251 Dry Creek Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
As part of the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Estrella Warbirds Museum, we are hosting a dinner/roast for one of our founding members, Gary Corippo. It was 40 years ago that Gary and Glen Thompson, two local aviators, came up with the idea that Paso Robles be a great place for an aviation museum. Originally conceived as The Estrella Squadron, and ten years later, Estrella Warbirds Museum was incorporated as a stand alone 501(c)(3) non profit museum.
Over the years, Gary has been quite the character, involved in most aspects of the museum and was personally responsible for helping to raise funds for facilities and involved in the research, location and acquisition of many of the aircraft and artifacts currently on display.
Please join us for dinner and evening of fun and laughter as stories and photos about Gary are shared by all.
No host cocktail hour: 5:30 p.m. Roast Beef Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Roast: 7:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per person, reservations are required. To make a reservation, click here or call 805 296-1935.
Remembering Sherman "Sherm" Smoot
The Estrella Warbirds Museum Board of Directors sadly reports the death of Sherman “Sherm” Smoot September 2, as a result of a fatal aircraft accident. A member of the Museum for many years, he was a Director on the Board, and had served as President of the Board from 2013 to 2015 and again from 2016 to 2017. “Sherman brought a wealth of aviation knowledge and experience to the Museum,” said one Board member. “He will be missed and difficult to replace.
Memorial serivices are scheduled at the museum. All of Sherms' close friends are invited to his celebration of life ceremony on Dec 3rd at noon-3:00 , Opening color guard at 12:00 sharp
EWM President John Couch Honored at Face of Freedom Event
A salute to our Veterans as we honor those who served. Images from Veteran's Day 2022 Ceremony at Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial in Atascadero, CA. Flyover and missing man pull up by Estrella Warbirds Museum pilots George Marrett, Bob Kelley, and Wayne Rice. Our EWM President, SPC4 John Couch (USA 1970-73) received the Distinguished Veteran Award presented by CPL Tim Haley USMC. Guest Speaker CW2 Rod Dykhouse, US Army with John Couch; the festivities; EWM's Betty Miller and Peter Snyder at the EWM booth; and US Army Reserve MSGT Lee Carranza, Gary McMaster, Camp Roberts Chairman/Curator, and Lee's wife Elizabeth.
New From Woodland Auto Display
2022 Turkey Night Grand Prix
Dick Woodland and Wally Pankratz have been named co-Grand Marshals of this year’s 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Race.
The USAC Turkey Night Grand Prix will be held on Friday - Saturday, November 25-26, 2022 at the seaside oval on the Ventura County Fairgrounds and will feature the legendary 98-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature as well as the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars.
Dating back to 1934, the Midget Grand Prix is the longest running auto race west of the Mississippi River and this year will feature two of the all-time greats serving a prominent role in the event’s festivities.
“We like honoring two people at a time as because there are so many worthwhile candidates out there,” said Ventura Raceway’s Jim Nalor. “Dick and Wally, in this case, have participated in different ways over many years. Anything we can do to recognize them in front of today’s fans is good for the sport.”
Richard (Dick) Woodland is a Viet-nam-era veteran, businessman and race car owner. He raced sprint cars at Ascot Park for some time before deciding that life as a car owner/mechanic better fit with his business. and family priorities.
Woodland founded the Woodland Auto Display museum in Paso Robles after closing his race shop and has seen it grow to over 20,000 square feet in size. Coming up shortly with be yet another new addition to the Display. The Woodland Auto Display recently integrated much of the collection with Estrella Warbirds Museum, the sum of which is a must-see accumulation of automobiles, historic race cars surrounded by an environment of military aircraft and memorabilia. The combined museum attracts visitors from all over the world to Paso Robles.
Wally Pankratz has been driving race cars since he was old enough to reach the pedals and remains a fixture on the Southern California racing scene. Pankratz competed with the USAC Western States Midget Series since inception four decades ago, finally claiming the driving championship in 2000 - at the age of 55! He finished third in the Turkey Night Grand Prix (1991), besting his father’s top effort of fourth (1947) in the event. The versatile Pankratz was good on both dirt and pavement and was always a factor in midgets, sprint cars and SuperModifieds. Both Bob and Wallyl Pankraztz are in the Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.
The USAC Turkey Night Grand Prix race is a National Points Race which attracts traveling pros from throughout the US to include several NASCAR stars. There will be an estimated 80 or more Midget race cars on site trying to make the 24 car main event. This will include the 8-Ball Woodland Auto Display Midget which will be driven by Kaleb Montgomery and Wally's daughter, Randi Pankratz, has also qualified for the race. Just look for the cars with the "8" on them. 8W (Woodland) and 8 (Pankratz)!