Don "The Snake" Prudhomme helps Los Angeles Mayor Riordan Honor Wally Parks and the 50th Anniversary of the National Hot Rod Association The City of Los Angeles held a special gathering Monday, Jan. 29 to help honor NHRA founder Wally Parks and...
Don "The Snake" Prudhomme helps Los Angeles Mayor Riordan Honor Wally Parks and the 50th Anniversary of the National Hot Rod Association
The City of Los Angeles held a special gathering Monday, Jan. 29 to help honor NHRA founder Wally Parks and his efforts to create a safe alternative to illegal street racing on Southern California streets.
Also recognized at the press conference were LAPD Cheif Bernard Parks, John Force, Kenny Bernstein and Prudhomme. Following are "The Snake's" comments at the event:
"It's an honor to be here, especially standing down here in the streets of Los Angeles. You know, I was one of these young guys out in the San Fernando Valley where I was born and raised and it was there that I did a little street racing in my days, and I think some of these other guys (Force/Bernstein) have too. I can certainly remember the early days and what drag racing means to all of us. For those of you out there who aren't real knowledgable about what we our doing, this weekend we start out at Pomona Fairgrounds is going to be our first of 24 national events of the year. Then we come back here in July and then come back again in November for the NHRA World Finals."
"I might add that not just in L.A. but all over the country wherever we go, NHRA plays a big part in street racing and keeps the kids off the streets and at the drag races. For you folks that might like to know more about that, contact NHRA about some of these programs. Frank Hawley (driving school) is one of them that has really led the way in street racing and helps kids learn how to drag race in a legal way, so I highly endorse that. It is a pleasure to be here to honor Wally Parks and also his wife, Barbara who also had a lot to do with it.