Warbirds, Wings and Wheels is Saturday, May 11


PASO ROBLES The 11th Warbirds, Wings and Wheels car show and third Swap Meet will be on Saturday, May 11 at the Estrella Warbird Museum and Woodland Auto Display. Exhibitors for the car show will need to be up early to get their rides situated among the fuselages of historic military aircraft on the nonprofit organization’s property.

Event organizer Carol Verstuyft said they were quickly reaching capacity for just how many vehicles the event space could hold at 250. More than 100 vendor booths were booked with spaces on the airport’s taxiway, she added.

The spring swap meet, which was incorporated into the annual event in 2017, with enthusiasts selling and trading vintage car parts and other memorabilia runs concurrently from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the site.

Joining autos from throughout California, so far vehicles registered in the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Arizona have joined the roster for May 11.

Bill Maropulos and his 1923 Ford T Bucket is the featured car of the event. Maropulus is an acclaimed NHRA drag racer. He became Competition Eliminator NHRA World Champion in 1985, 1987 and 1993. In 1995, he called it quits and became enamored with T Bucket hotrods, an open engine, and open wheel style that he could relate to.

A few years ago, Maropulus went to work on the 1923 T Bucket that will be Warbirds, Wings and Wheels. The car boasts an LS2 modern small block with a vintage tri-carb setup. The 364 cubic inch motor dyno’d at 602 horsepower. Maropulus painted the body and frame himself with Valspar Deep Molten Red Pearl.

Attendees of the Saturday car show can view the museum’s standard displays with the suggested $5 donation. Parking is free.

Attendees may want to cover their ears at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the “Cackle Fest” between front engine dragsters and historic NASCAR vehicles. Six front-end dragsters are expected to be on hand.

Verstuyft said there will be a trophy for the overall show winner.

StuntMasters BMX will also be putting on three 20-minute shows. The BMX stars will show off what bicycle freestyle is all about, with riders hitting a 40-foot impact jump ramp.

The StuntMasters are headed up by John Parker, a Paso Robles native who has spent 25 years of the contest and show experience from around the world, including a decade of X Games competition, two MTV Sports and Music Festival wins, a gravity games gold medal and a Guinness World Record.

There will be a food court with local food trucks and, for those not driving, two beer gardens hosted by Firestone Walker.

A dinner and barn dance is scheduled for Friday, May 10, at the Estrella Warbird Museum from 6 to 10 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. and dancing to Monte Mills and Lucky Horseshoe Band begins at 7 p.m. The dinner and dance are limited to 250 people and reservations are required by May 7. Tickets are $35 per person.

For more information, visit www.ewarbirds.org or call 805-286-5566 or 805-238-9317.

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