Wally Parks NHRA museum receive new exhibits

Three New Exhibits Coming to Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum California custom cars, vintage drag racing photography and American Racing's 50th anniversary to be featured POMONA, Calif. (Apr. 25, 2006) - Tony Thacker has been busy. The ...

Three New Exhibits Coming to Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

California custom cars, vintage drag racing photography and American Racing's 50th anniversary to be featured

POMONA, Calif. (Apr. 25, 2006) - Tony Thacker has been busy. The newly appointed executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, announced a series of diverse new exhibits headed for the motorsports shrine at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.

The new exhibits are:

* California Custom Cars, June 3-Oct. 9. A celebration of California's finest custom cars, including the Thom Taylor-designed Frankenstude; Jack Calori's 1936 3-window coupe, which was first featured on the cover of Hot Rod magazine in 1948 and won the Early Custom Cars (1935-'48) Class at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance; and legendary car customizer Larry Watson's famous '58 T-bird. Exhibit is presented in association with DuPont Automotive Finishes.

* Faster: 1960s Photographs of Pomona Drag Racing, Aug. 12-Jan. 15, 2007. Dozens of dramatic vintage drag race images shot by National Dragster photographers examine a remarkable, head-on confrontation between two technologies that have shaped the Southern California psyche: cars and cameras. Exhibit was originally developed by the California Museum of Photography and is presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California.

* 50 Years of American Racing Wheels, Oct. 20-Jan. 28, 2007. The half-century history and impact of the innovative wheel company is highlighted with various race cars, company artifacts and memorabilia.

According to Thacker, the exhibits represent a natural direction for the Museum. "Over the last few years, the Museum has been building momentum with new exhibits and attractions. I want to keep that going by adding more exhibits and events that highlight motorsports as well as the Southern California car culture. We have lots in store, so stay tuned."

The new exhibits are the latest in a series of special Museum attractions. Past exhibits have included "60 Years of SO-CAL Speed and "Track Roadsters: The Road to Indy, A Salute to Parnelli Jones, 100 Years of Ford Racing, Edelbrock: A Performance Legacy and Don "The Snake" Prudohmme.

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. Auto Club members receive discounts on admission and at the gift shop: show your card and save. 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.

-museum.nhra.com.

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