POMONA, Calif. --
"SO-CAL Speed Shop is one of the most famous names in hot rodding," said Greg Sharp, curator of the Parks Museum, which is presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. "It's had a major impact on the sport. They've produced some of the most famous and memorable cars in hot rod history."
Sharp said the exhibit, which will also feature rare photos and artifacts, is part of SO-CAL's 60th anniversary and ties in with Mark Christensen's new book, SO-CAL Speed Shop: The Fast Tale of the California Racers Who made Hot Rod History.
There will be special events during the show's run, including an opening day autograph session with Xydias and Chapouris (in conjunction with The Grand National Roadster Show). Other activities include Saturday afternoon matinees featuring racing footage Xydias shot in the 1950s and early '60s. The first will be on Sat., Feb. 25 and feature drag racing; Mar. 18 will be Sebring; and Apr. 1 will be Indy. Xydias and a special guest speaker will be on hand to talk about the films.
The SO-CAL exhibit is the latest in a series of special Museum attractions and follows the current "Track Roadsters: The Road to Indy," which concludes Jan. 15. Other recent exhibits have included A Salute to Parnelli Jones, 100 Years of Ford Racing and Edelbrock: A Performance Legacy.
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 $5 for adults, $3 for seniors
60 and older, $3 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 http://museum.nhra.com
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