A Portion of the Ken Clapp Annex Includes A Tribute To The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame Featuring a Memorabilia Gallery of Trophies, Pictures and Plaques.
The recent dedication of the 2,000-square foot Ken Clapp Annex, Gallery and Research Library at the Woodland Auto Display in Paso Robles, California, for the first-time, offers public viewing of unique memorabilia - trophies, photos, scrapbooks and banners, along with historic race cars from all corners of the sport.
Richard (Dick) Woodland, a former competitor, team owner and member of the organization’s Board of Directors, believed the Woodland Auto Display, located on the grounds of the Estrella Warbirds Museum at the Paso Robles Airport, would be a natural fit to display much of the Hall's memorabilia.
“The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame had no real home for much of the memorabilia,” said Woodland, following the May 13th, 2003 grand opening and ribbon cutting that was part of the 14th Annual Warbirds, Wings and Wheels Car Show and attended by a crowd of over 2,000. “I really wanted to name the Annex after Ken Clapp, for everything he’s done on the West Coast, as a NASCAR officer, promoter, official and friend of racing. He’s a man who has done it all.”
Clapp, the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame’s chairman and CEO, has been a member of the motorsports community since attending his first race as a teenager in 1951. His recently published autobiography, “SEA TO SHINING SEA, Racing from the Wild West to Daytona,” is available from Coastal 181 and can be purchased at the Estrella Warbird Museum's Gift Shop or Hunt’s Race World, 900 Riverside Avenue, Roseville CA 95678, telephone 916-773-7223.
“To have the Woodland Auto Display’s new annex dedicated to me was a wonderful surprise and honor,” said Clapp. “The benefits that it will offer the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame to display some of the unique memorabilia will go on for years to come. The thank you that I have addressed to Dick Woodland, Woodland Auto Display founder, does not even begin to cover my appreciation.”
About the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame
The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is founded to preserve history and heritage of the important role west coast stock car and motorsports figures have played in the sport’s development and continuation and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.
The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than $700,000 in the past five of its 22 years for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue, military and other charitable causes.
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