Deuces Wild returns to Parks Museum

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Continues 'Deuces Wild' Celebration, Feb. 7-June 18 10 of the Most Significant '32 Ford Hot Rods Displayed in New 75th Anniversary Exhibits POMONA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2007) -- The celebration continues at the...

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Continues 'Deuces Wild' Celebration, Feb. 7-June 18

10 of the Most Significant '32 Ford Hot Rods Displayed in New 75th Anniversary Exhibits

POMONA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2007) -- The celebration continues at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, as the '32 Ford, the quintessential hot rod, marks its diamond jubilee.

"Deuces Wild," the Museum's anniversary exhibit, opens Feb. 7 featuring several of the 75 Most Significant '32 Ford hot rods as determined by a blue- ribbon panel of hot rod experts. Included will be Chili Catallo's "Little Deuce Coupe" which appeared on the Beach Boys album of the same name -- perhaps one of the most famous '32 Ford hot rods of all time; a re-creation of Fred Allen's "Devil Deuce;" the "Orange Crate;" and roadsters from Tommy Foster, Neal East and the Berardini Bros. In total, 11 cars, 10 of which were deemed the "75 most significant." The exhibit runs until June 18.

"You'll never see these historical cars together again," said Museum Executive Director Tony Thacker, who was on the judging panel and has authored a book on the Deuce. "If you're a Deuce fan, this is a once-in-a- lifetime collection."

In addition to the cars, historic and never-before-displayed photography of early '32 Fords in production will be shown. Photographs of hot rods and racing Deuces will grace the walls of the Museum, a landmark part of the Los Angeles County Fairplex.

Early magazines, vintage model kits, historic speed equipment and '32 Ford related artifacts will also be shown.

"This historic exhibit provides a rare chance to see some of the most significant '32 Fords in history," said Greg Sharp, curator of the Parks Museum. "The Museum is honored to present them to the public." Other new exhibits coming to the Parks Museum in 2007:

* Barris Kustoms: Tribute to George Barris, July 11-Jan. 26, 2008: Exhibit spotlighting the iconic custom car builder.

* 50th anniversary of the 392 Hemi, Aug. 29-Feb. '08: This powerful exhibit's definitely got a Hemi!

* 70th anniversary of the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, Nov. 7- June '08: A retrospective of the historic association which sanctions land speed record attempts.

Named for the founder of the National Hot Rod Association, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California houses the very roots of hot rodding. Scores of famous vehicles spanning American motorsports history are on display, including winning cars representing 50 years of drag racing, dry lakes and salt-flat racers, oval track challengers and exhibits describing their colorful backgrounds.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., PST. Current NHRA members are admitted free. Admission for non-members is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors 60 and older, $4 for juniors six through 15, and free for children under the age of five. The Museum is also available for private parties, meetings, corporate events, weddings and special group tours. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona. For further information on special exhibits, museum events or directions, call 909/622-2133.

-credit: museum.nhra.com.

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Series NHRA , Vintage
Drivers Tony Thacker