Steve McQueen lived in his hangar at Santa Paula Airport for two years and hung out there for years afterward, playing with his biplane, motorcycles and car collection. Pinstriper Von Dutch lived there for several years, creating all kinds of mechanical mayhem, as well as custom knives for neighbors he decided he liked. The Brucker brothers, Jimmy and Danny, had hangars there and kept items from the old “MovieWorld: Cars of the Stars and Planes of Fame” collections. And the site has been in more movies and TV shows than you could shake an optioned screenplay at.
So it’s a little more than interesting that, on the first Sunday of every month, the Santa Paula Airport, an hour and a half outside of LA, opens up its hangar doors to the public for a car show and plane-a-palooza. It’s definitely a small-town affair, with some hot rods, muscle cars and a few old Fords — and the planes are generally a few local stunt planes, biplanes and a smattering of Cessnas — but it’s quaint as all get-out, there’s BBQ’d tri-tip and, heck, you need a destination to take your collector car or motorcycle on its monthly run anyway, so why not?