Car Show in Paso Robles
What do you get when you mix two King Midgets, one Buick, with a couple of Mustangs? A great time, that is what you get!!!
The Estrella Warbirds Museum and the Woodland Auto Display in Paso Robles, CA held the 7th annual Warbirds, Wings, and Wheels Car Show on 9 May 2015 with over 250 classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles, race cars, and two King Midgets alongside military vehicles, planes, and the auto display.
The Estrella Warbirds Museum houses an extensive collection of WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War planes and a vast array of military memorabilia. The Woodland Auto Display has become known as one of the best automotive car collections in California.
It was decided that several Antelope Valley car enthusiasts would make the trip to this year’s event. We met in Tehachapi for breakfast, and then 4 trucks and trailers headed for Paso Robles. The museum was very accommodating and let us park our trailers over night near the runway. We attended the Sock Hop on Friday evening where a country and western band played music for our dancing pleasure. They were outstanding!
The next morning bright and early the guys drove out to the museum to get set up in the display area. They came back to town for breakfast then the whole group headed back to the airport for a great show.
Those attending from the King Midget West club were Bud and Karen Sargent, Randy and Linda Chesnutt, Ted and Ardith Richardson, Gert Gehlhaar, Bob and Marge Vahsholtz. Also attending were friends Fred and Jan Hulsey plus Bill and Barbara Sheckerd.
Sit back and relax as you enjoy the magic of the whole weekend in Paso Robles. It is rumored that perhaps next spring's King Midget West gathering will be at this event; if it is be sure to mark your calendar for a great time!
Friday night six members of the group gathered for the Sock Hop in the hanger. The country and western band was great, playing all the old western songs of the day. Those pictured (L to R): Ted and Ardith Richardson from Lancaster, brought a King Midget, Fred and Jan Hulsey from Littlerock, brought their Mustang and Randy and Linda Chesnutt from Palmdale, brought a Mustang.
Bud and Karen Sargent from Tehachapi brought a King Midget and visited with her Mom in Paso Robles on Friday eve, and eventually enjoyed Mother’s Day together.
Pictured is Ted Richardson standing with Gert Gehlhaar from Lompoc who brought a 1950 Buick to the show. Gert also has several King Midgets along with other antique cars, proving that King Midget guys are into all kinds of automobiles.
Randy and Linda brought a 1968 California Special Ford Mustang, Fred, and Jan brought a 1966 Mustang Coupe to the show. Ted and Ardith brought a 1960 King Midget, Bud and Karen brought their 1967 King Midget. As you can see they were set up in front of a C47 Skytrain AKA “Goony Bird”. There were over 13,000 C-47’s built worldwide; its first flight was 17 December 1935.
Gert had his 1950 Buick on display among all of the vintage airplanes. There were over 250 cars at this event. The 1950 Buick ran great both ways accumulating over 200 miles at 16 mpg. It took Gert about 2 hours to get home cruising at 60 mph.
Bob and Marge came for the day with their friends Bill and Barbara Sheckherd. They displayed one of four cups that Jim Harris made with the King Midget West logo. Read more about the cup story under "The sad Story of Bob and His Cups."
Bud and Karen’s King Midget is on display in front of the C-47 Skytrain. What a great venue to be able to have your picture taken in front of all this history. During World War II, the armed forces of many countries used the C-47 and modified DC-3s for the transport of troops, cargo, and wounded.
The King Midget was a big crowd pleaser; many people came over to ask about the cars. Bud placed an original ad for the King Midget out of the Popular Science magazine on his windshield.
Ted and Ardith’s King Midget is on display in front of T-28 Trojan. The North American Aviation T-28 Trojan was a piston-engine military trainer aircraft used by the United States Air Force and United States Navy beginning in the 1950s. Besides its use as a trainer, the T-28 was successfully employed as a Counter-insurgency (COIN) aircraft, primarily during the Vietnam War. Everywhere you looked there were memories of years gone by.
Pictured are Taylor and Jordyn MacCuish, Ted and Ardith’s granddaughters at the Woodland Automobile Display. It was opened to the public on July 19th, 2009. The display area features a rotating series of automobiles. The initial display concentrated on NASCAR Sprint, Modified, Super Modified and Midget race cars.
Ted’s best friend Randy used the license plate for his California Special and placed it on Ted’s King Midget. No this is not a hybrid Mustang and if it were, it would be a “Mustang” only a Mother could love.