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Warbirds Museum hosting special guests at monthly dinner 

Estrella warbirds sign–On April 5 The Estrella Warbirds Museum and Woodland Auto Display will have 3 special guests at their monthly dinner. Dennis Gage the host of the TV show, My Classic Car will be stopping by for a short presentation. Dennis will be in town filming for an upcoming episode of his TV show featuring the amazing collection of automobiles belonging to the Woodland Auto Display and the picturesque winery and cars of Venteux Winery owned by Scott Stelzle.

Last May Gage was at the museum filming Warbirds, Wings and Wheels 8 Car Show for an episode of My Classic Car which aired in January. The video will be shown prior to the dinner on April 5.

My Classic Car was originally broadcast on TNN, and Speed Channel. MAVtv currently airs the show and Velocity will also air the show starting in 2014. It was produced by MadStache, who also created Popular Hot Rodding Television, Corbin’s Ride On, and Texas Hardtails.

Gage is known for his seemingly boundless enthusiasm, his trademark handlebar mustache, and the catchphrase with which he ends every episode, “Honor the timeless classics.”

The series features major classic automobile shows and collections, usually in the United States but occasionally in other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom. Some episodes focus on celebrities and prolific car collectors such as talk show host Jay Leno. Every episode also features a segment now sponsored by Autogeek Garage, a source for auto detailing supplies, car wax, car care products, car polishes, auto accessories, polishers, and car detailing tools.

In addition to Gage, guest speakers for the evening are Fritz and Dana Trapnell featuring their book: Harnessing the Sky.
This biography of Vice Adm. Frederick M. Trapnell explores the legacy of the man who has been called the “godfather of modern naval aviation” and the premier test pilot of all time. His vision and leadership shaped the evolution of naval aviation through its formative years and beyond. Trap spearheaded the Navy’s desperate drive to modernize its aircraft going into World War II, resulting two critical fighters—the Corsair and Hellcat. He became the first Navy pilot to fly a jet, and then the Navy brought him back to flight test after the war to guide them through the monumental transition to a new jet age.

Fritz Trapnell grew up in Coronado, California, spent two years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted Aviation Electronics Technician, and graduated from Caltech with a masters degree in electrical engineering. He began his fifty-year career in computer and software engineering and management with IBM and retired in 2007 from Hewlett-Packard. Having a father and a stepfather who were career naval aviators made naval aviation family business and ensured his life-long enthusiasm for the subject.

Dana Trapnell Tibbitts began her career as a writer and media relations professional at UCLA in 1980 and continued to work in higher education, media, and the arts. As a founding member of Hidden Manna Ministry, she has co-authored several books and resources on spiritual life. Dana shares her time between Ventura County and Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

The public is invited to attend. Reservations are a must. Dinner including speakers is $20 with a no-host bar. To make a reservation call (805) 296-1935. Reservations must be made before noon on Monday, April 3.



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