Parks Museum's Greg Sharp Honored by Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame Museum's curator named Historian of the Year POMONA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2006) - Greg Sharp knows his dry lakes racing history. Now he's become part of it. Sharp, the curator...
Parks Museum's Greg Sharp Honored by Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame
Museum's curator named Historian of the Year
POMONA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2006) - Greg Sharp knows his dry lakes racing history. Now he's become part of it. Sharp, the curator of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, was recently named Historian of the Year by the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Buellton, Calif. He was given the award "in recognition of his many racing achievements and contributions to dry lakes racing."
"I'm honored to be recognized by folks at the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame," said Sharp. "I really respect what they do to preserve the sport and they deserve a lot of credit for maintaining the illustrious history of dry lakes racing."
"The award is befitting of a racing historian like Greg," said Tony Thacker, executive director of the Parks Museum. Sharp's love affair with hot rods and dragsters began when he was a highly curious "car-crazy" 12-year- old who devoured the pocket-sized enthusiast magazines of the 1950s. Absorbing their contents like a sponge, Sharp has become an expert on the history of hot rodding and virtually all forms of motorsports.
Sharp, a former Los Angeles police officer (he spent 28 years on the force), used his storehouse of knowledge to write hundreds of magazine articles, ranging from the history of "America's Most Beautiful Roadster," to pieces on notable Indy cars, to personalities from A.J. Foyt to George Barris. But Sharp didn't just read and write about hot rods - he became a hot rodder himself, participating in all forms of the sport. He has driven street roadsters at the Bonneville Salt Flats, judged custom car shows all over the country, and owns a pristine rod: a '41 Ford pickup. He was also a member of the L.A. Roadster Club for 15 years and has been the emcee and historian for the Oakland Roadster Show since 1989. In 1993 he was elected to the Oakland Roadster Show Hall of Fame.
Rod & Custom once described him as "the rod and custom trivia king," and Sharp's been recognized by the Goodguys Gazette as "one of the most knowledgeable hot rod historians on the planet."
The Dry Lakes Hall of Fame obviously agrees.
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 or visit museum.nhra.com.