NHRA Motorsports Museum

NHRA Motorsports Museum The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California is an independent California non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to celebrating the impact of motorsports on American culture.

Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum celebrates the impact of motorsports on our culture. We collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. We are the place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, and the West Coast's role as the historic center for their past and present development. The Museum features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 60 years of American motorsports.

Operating as usual

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05/06/2021
Episode 2 The Dragmasters

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Drag Racing History Series Episode 2 "THE DRAGMASTERS" History of Drag Racing A fascinating eleven part series that takes a look into drag racing history as can only be told by "Fast" Jack Beckman an

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the legend himself, John Force! He is a 16-time NHRA and 1 time AHRA Funny Car champion driver AND a 2...
05/04/2021

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the legend himself, John Force! He is a 16-time NHRA and 1 time AHRA Funny Car champion driver AND a 21-time champion car owner.. A true icon to the sport of drag racing! Simply a true champ! We wish you nothing but a blessed year ahead of you! & to many more!

In case you missed it; staring tomorrow (April 30th) until May 2nd you get in for FREE! Come on in, bring some friends, ...
04/29/2021

In case you missed it; staring tomorrow (April 30th) until May 2nd you get in for FREE! Come on in, bring some friends, check out what's new and what's coming! 🤗 looking forward to seeing you guys! Tonight we will be open until 5:30 but with our SPECIAL FRIDAY HOURS you have till 8 to come see us! With even better news, we will be reopening for the public on May 1st. So please, come on in!

In case you missed it; staring tomorrow (April 30th) until May 2nd you get in for FREE! Come on in, bring some friends, check out what's new and what's coming! 🤗 looking forward to seeing you guys! Tonight we will be open until 5:30 but with our SPECIAL FRIDAY HOURS you have till 8 to come see us! With even better news, we will be reopening for the public on May 1st. So please, come on in!

We had the pleasure of having the "Hot Rods Unlimited Car Club" here today for a personal tour given by our very own Kim...
04/24/2021

We had the pleasure of having the "Hot Rods Unlimited Car Club" here today for a personal tour given by our very own Kim McMahon, who was practically born and raised in the sport of drag racing and even this museum! He gives one heck of a detailed & fun tour! How would you guys like to have a car club tour here?! Please visit our website for more details! https://nhramuseum.org/

We had the pleasure of having the "Hot Rods Unlimited Car Club" here today for a personal tour given by our very own Kim McMahon, who was practically born and raised in the sport of drag racing and even this museum! He gives one heck of a detailed & fun tour! How would you guys like to have a car club tour here?! Please visit our website for more details! https://nhramuseum.org/

Here is a little sneak peak of what's been added to the Museum just this week! "Blood, Sweat, & Nitro" loaned by Roger &...
04/23/2021

Here is a little sneak peak of what's been added to the Museum just this week! "Blood, Sweat, & Nitro" loaned by Roger & Karen Comstock. We're waiting for you to COME CHECK OUT WHAT ELSE IS NEW! Along with this dragster and SO much more, with even more to come in the next few weeks! With special Friday night hours, we will be open until 8:00pm tonight. Cant wait to see you guys! WE'RE BACK!! 😄

Here is a little sneak peak of what's been added to the Museum just this week! "Blood, Sweat, & Nitro" loaned by Roger & Karen Comstock. We're waiting for you to COME CHECK OUT WHAT ELSE IS NEW! Along with this dragster and SO much more, with even more to come in the next few weeks! With special Friday night hours, we will be open until 8:00pm tonight. Cant wait to see you guys! WE'RE BACK!! 😄

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04/05/2021
Jobs! Jobs! NHRA Museum Jobs!

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Now Hiring NOW HIRING! NHRA Motorsports Museum The NHRA Motorsports Museum is an exciting place to work with opportunities for a variety of backgrounds and experience levels. We invite you to be a par

Happy Monday everybody!! Wishing everyone a very blessed & beautiful week! Nothing but clear, blue skies today at the NH...
04/05/2021

Happy Monday everybody!! Wishing everyone a very blessed & beautiful week! Nothing but clear, blue skies today at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in good old Pomona, Ca! Don't forget to check out our trailers sweet new wrap as you drive past us, down McKinley Ave. Thank you to Pol Luevanos, along with his team at Wraption, we LOVE IT & the people on the roads will too!

Happy Monday everybody!! Wishing everyone a very blessed & beautiful week! Nothing but clear, blue skies today at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in good old Pomona, Ca! Don't forget to check out our trailers sweet new wrap as you drive past us, down McKinley Ave. Thank you to Pol Luevanos, along with his team at Wraption, we LOVE IT & the people on the roads will too!

Its SO good to see friendly faces and some of their beautiful cars in our parking lot again! Would you like to set up a ...
03/24/2021

Its SO good to see friendly faces and some of their beautiful cars in our parking lot again! Would you like to set up a private tour with a group of friends or even a car club?! Please email [email protected] for more infromation! THANK YOU to the "over the hill" car club for joining us today!

Wishing a very happy 99th birthday to a VERY influential figure that we were blessed to have in the early days of the au...
03/22/2021

Wishing a very happy 99th birthday to a VERY influential figure that we were blessed to have in the early days of the auto racing world, Alex Xydias! Here is to an amazing year ahead of you, and many blessings to come. Love the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Family.

Hello friends! Make sure to follow our NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT! We will be posting up to date pictures of our Museum, all ...
03/22/2021

Hello friends! Make sure to follow our NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT! We will be posting up to date pictures of our Museum, all the cars/new store merchandise we have! but wait, theres more.... We will be posting live videos (thats right) LIVE VIDEOS on whats going on with us here throughout some of our eventful days as we began our reopening process!! Cant wait to see everyone! https://www.instagram.com/

Hello friends! Make sure to follow our NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT! We will be posting up to date pictures of our Museum, all the cars/new store merchandise we have! but wait, theres more.... We will be posting live videos (thats right) LIVE VIDEOS on whats going on with us here throughout some of our eventful days as we began our reopening process!! Cant wait to see everyone! https://www.instagram.com/

DONT FORGET GUYS!!!! Only one more month to register for our Holly Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY, at Beech Bend R...
03/16/2021

DONT FORGET GUYS!!!! Only one more month to register for our Holly Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY, at Beech Bend Raceway, June 17th-19th. We all missed out on last years cancelled event do to covid, so you don't want to miss out on this epic event we will be having this year... WE'RE BACK!! If you have any questions or trouble registering please contact Morgan Lana @ [email protected] or call her @ 909.632.4917 & she would be happy to help you over the phone :)

DONT FORGET GUYS!!!! Only one more month to register for our Holly Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green, KY, at Beech Bend Raceway, June 17th-19th. We all missed out on last years cancelled event do to covid, so you don't want to miss out on this epic event we will be having this year... WE'RE BACK!! If you have any questions or trouble registering please contact Morgan Lana @ [email protected] or call her @ 909.632.4917 & she would be happy to help you over the phone :)

To all of our friends in the Southeast! Don't forget Participant and Vendor registrations began on Monday, March 1st unt...
03/05/2021

To all of our friends in the Southeast! Don't forget Participant and Vendor registrations began on Monday, March 1st until Friday, May 14th. ALL car classes and vendors are required to register. If you have a deferred credit, from the cancelled 2020 event and were not refunded, it is recommended you confirm your entry by contacting Morgan Lana at [email protected] or by telephone at (909) 632-4917 we look forward to a great event this year!! Cant wait to see everyone's happy smiles at the race track!

02/08/2021

Check out this memory! 2 years ago today we had our Holley National Hot Rod Reunion! And in just a few months we will be reunited for our 2021 event in Bowling Green, KY, June 16-19th! We cant wait to get back into the swing of things and smell the Nitro again! NHRA Motorsports Museum

Is anybody heading anywhere fun this beautiful and bright weekend we're having here in Sunny California?! Here's a nice ...
02/05/2021

Is anybody heading anywhere fun this beautiful and bright weekend we're having here in Sunny California?! Here's a nice flashback of our very own Drag Safari trailer from the mid-50s, heading east to spread the gospel word of Drag Racing!

We have an exciting deal for you guys!! Get your hands on one of our "mystery T-shirt boxes!" Just tell us your size and...
01/19/2021
T-Shirt: Mystery Box 3 for $25.00 -

We have an exciting deal for you guys!! Get your hands on one of our "mystery T-shirt boxes!" Just tell us your size and we select your surprise! 3 t-shirts for just $25 (plus shipping) WHAT A DEAL. Get it while you guys can! These bundles will go quick! *WHILE SUPPLIES LAST ONLY* T-Shirt: Mystery Box 3 for $25.00 https://nhramuseum.org/product/t-shirt-mystery-box-3-for-25-00/

Mystery Box You choose the size and we select the surprise t-shirts.

Leaving 2020 behind in the smoke like!We are all wishing everyone a very happy & blessed New Year! Hoping for a better y...
01/05/2021

Leaving 2020 behind in the smoke like!
We are all wishing everyone a very happy & blessed New Year! Hoping for a better year ahead, with reopening and many future events to look forward to. We cant wait to see all of your faces back at the museum again. But until then, don't let those nitro withdrawals get to you!

Happy Monday, guys! Don't forget to place any last minute Christmas orders with us by the 17th to ensure that they will ...
12/14/2020

Happy Monday, guys! Don't forget to place any last minute Christmas orders with us by the 17th to ensure that they will arrive just in time for Christmas! We have tons of super cool T-Shirts, books & DVD's! Don't forget we also have some extra little goodies for the little ones as well! nhramuseum.com

Still stuck thinking of what to get for that special little someone on the naughty list?! Who needs coal these days anyw...
12/12/2020

Still stuck thinking of what to get for that special little someone on the naughty list?! Who needs coal these days anyways! We have the perfect shirt just for them! Check out our shirts on our website! Make sure to put in your order by next week to get them in time for Christmas morning! nhramuseum.com

Wishing everyone a happy & safe Holiday season as well as a joyous New Year to come, from some of our Museum Crew to you...
12/10/2020

Wishing everyone a happy & safe Holiday season as well as a joyous New Year to come, from some of our Museum Crew to you!

Added a new "Rat Fink" Tee just in time for the Holidays! Make your Holiday shopping easy and check out our online store...
12/08/2020

Added a new "Rat Fink" Tee just in time for the Holidays! Make your Holiday shopping easy and check out our online store with T-Shirts and more! nhramuseum.com

Don't forget guys! Today we are still hosting the CHiPS for kids toy drive!! ANY gift is greatly appreciated and will pu...
12/02/2020

Don't forget guys! Today we are still hosting the CHiPS for kids toy drive!! ANY gift is greatly appreciated and will put a huge smile on so many children's faces this Holiday. It is from 2pm-6pm, make sure to enter thru gate 1. Again it is a drive-thru only and we ask that you all please wear a mask. We thank you all so much and are wishing everyone a Happy Holiday!

#GivingTuesday Everyone here at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum hope you will take action to help us this year! ...
12/01/2020

#GivingTuesday Everyone here at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum hope you will take action to help us this year! Any amount is a gift and will help to continue things such as, family fun programs for our youngsters, and local schools, Twilight Cruises, Hot Rod Reunions, and we hope so much more. Thank You! https://nhramuseum.org/product/giving/

Guess what today is?! CYBER MONDAY! Shop with us today and you'll receive 36% off your entire Shopping Cart! Use promoco...
11/30/2020

Guess what today is?! CYBER MONDAY!
Shop with us today and you'll receive 36% off your entire Shopping Cart! Use promocode 'HOTDEALS' at checkout. Have a great week, everyone! nhramuseum.org

We at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum want to take a moment to let you know how grateful we are for having you a...
11/26/2020

We at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum want to take a moment to let you know how grateful we are for having you as a loyal fan. Make a purchase during Thanksgiving weekend and receive a free complimentary one (1) year *Individual Membership!
Enter promo code ‘TurkeyComa’ at checkout to reap a huge 35% savings on your entire cart along with your free (1) year Individual Membership! Happy Holidays!!

Lets give a big "Happy Birthday" shoutout to our 2020 NHRA Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan! He made his debut racing...
11/18/2020

Lets give a big "Happy Birthday" shoutout to our 2020 NHRA Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan!
He made his debut racing at NHRAs Mello Yellow Series back in 2009 and ever since then he's been making an impact on racing! He has had a total of 21 Career Event titles, 38 Career Final Rounds, and 21 Career No.1 qualifying positions. Have an awesome birthday and year, Matt!

#TBT How many of you remember being around for the famous “fire burnouts” before NHRA banned them in the early 70s? The ...
11/12/2020

#TBT How many of you remember being around for the famous “fire burnouts” before NHRA banned them in the early 70s? The last known NHRA fire burnout was in Indy, at the U.S. Nationals in 1971, done by Don Garlits, “Big Daddy.”
“I pulled into the “Bleach” Box and found that enough material had already been poured down from previous burnouts. I signaled T.C. to step back. I spun the tires and the “stuff” in the box ignited!”
This is the “fire burnout” that ultimately banned anything but the use of water to be used to heat the tires. It was so powerful it quickly spread to the other box, engulfing the other dragster in flames. Thankfully, no one was hurt and there were no property damages.
Lets hear your stories about being near the extreme heat of a fire burnout! Still have you eyebrows?

Lets give a warm Happy Birthday to the "Golden Greek" Chris Karamesines! Not only is Chris known as one of NHRA's early ...
11/11/2020

Lets give a warm Happy Birthday to the "Golden Greek" Chris Karamesines! Not only is Chris known as one of NHRA's early pioneers in racing, at over 78 years old, he also became the fastest driver at the final event of the 2009 season right here in Pomona, driving in the top fuel category! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chris Karamesines "Greek Under Glass"!

TODAY ONLY! Take the stress out of Voting Day. Don't wait for Black Friday when there's Red, White, & Blue Tuesday. 35% ...
11/03/2020

TODAY ONLY! Take the stress out of Voting Day. Don't wait for Black Friday when there's Red, White, & Blue Tuesday. 35% off your ENTIRE shopping cart when you use the code; VOTE at checkout. Don't miss out on this HUGE discount! https://nhramuseum.org/

Its Halloweek! Don't forget to enter the Halloween Costume Party Car Show! (online only) You don't want to miss out on t...
10/29/2020

Its Halloweek! Don't forget to enter the Halloween Costume Party Car Show! (online only)
You don't want to miss out on this chance to win a new trophy for your shelf as well as some other cool prizes do you?! Let's get creative, have some fun and see those rides! For entry and rules please visit; nhramuseum.org

Hows your weekend going?! We finally got our first visitor at the museum since the shutdowns due to covid and isn't he a...
10/24/2020

Hows your weekend going?! We finally got our first visitor at the museum since the shutdowns due to covid and isn't he a cutie! We hope to see some actual faces here soon! Until then, stay happy & healthy ☺️

WE'RE BACK! Happy Spooktober to all of our FB Fans! We hope everyone is still staying happy & healthy. If you haven't al...
10/15/2020

WE'RE BACK! Happy Spooktober to all of our FB Fans! We hope everyone is still staying happy & healthy. If you haven't already, check out our new & improved online store. Get started early on some holiday shopping or simply spoil yourself with some new tins for your man cave or even a nice new Tee for a night out with the lady. For a limited time you can use the code "Spooky" at check out for 20% off ONE regular priced item. https://nhramuseum.org/

09/23/2019
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is deeply saddened by the passing of Jesse Combs. Jesse was a hot rodder through...
08/30/2019

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is deeply saddened by the passing of Jesse Combs. Jesse was a hot rodder through-and-through. A fabricator, driver, frequent visitor to the museum, and passionate spokesperson for motorsport in all its forms, she will be missed.

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Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
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NEED YOUR HELP FINDING THIS 1950's BEAN BANDIT MEMBERS RACE CAR #502 A/M Roadster, later race in B/M Roadster by Jesse Van Deventer to the 1962 NHRA B/M Roadster Championship This race car started life as a Bean Bandits members race car, It was built for Jack McLenachen ,,,I have photos of it being built.. My interest in this race car is my father Terry Chenowth & his buddy Ronnie Shoemaker built it in my dads Imperial Beach CA garage behind a house he was renting in the mid 1950's ,Car first had a straight 6 GMC ,then a Blown Chevy, Jack mostly raced it at Paradise Mesa Drags Strip as a Blown A/M Roadster . Jesse Van Deventer, as you know, took it nation wide as a unblown B/M Roadster with great sucess Jesse didn't acquired thi race car till the late 1950's , in a swap for a powder blue Ford A 4 window coupe street rod, My mother drove that car while Jack McLenachen was in the US Army,,,, Last time I spoke to Jesse he said it was on the east coast sitting in a field , Jesse said he would get me the contact info for the folks that had it , But he never got back to me. Sadly I just learned Jesse passed away in August 2019, Even though I have been looking for this car for years , the passing of Jesse has lit a new fire under my rear end to find the car,,,, I can be reached at [email protected]
I'm looking for Jesse Van Deventer's B/M Roadster....... On & off I have looked for this car over the years, My reason is my father Terry Chenowth built this car in the garage at the hose he rented in Imperial Beach , somewhere in the mid 1950's. Car was built for Jack McLenachen ( Bean Bandit member ) it first had a straight 6 GMC , then a blown SB Chevy , most of the time it was raced at Paradise Mesa. In 1959 it was traded to Jesse Van Deventer without the motor for a powder blue Ford 5 window coupe street hot rod..... After Jesse got the car y'all know better than I what Jesse did with it.. Last time I spoke to Jesse approx 2018? he said the car was sitting in a field on the east coast , He said he would get back to me with the contact info of the folks that had it ,,But he never did....... When I was at the SALT for SCTA speedweek 2020 blowing up a motor,,, One of the Bean Bandits that was running Lou Bingham's #19 roadster ( another chassis my family built ) asked me where the car was,, another Bean Bandit said that Jesse passed about a year ago...... So that has lit the fire under me again to try to find the car,, Hoping you NHRA guys might know where it is ???? I can be reached here on FB or my email is [email protected]
What are you doing with our money now that you canceled the CHHR in Oct? Looks to me like you took out my money from the bank the same day it was canceled. Are you giving it back?
CAN ANYONE ME TELL WHETHER SHARAI STEINBACHER, IS STILL ALIVE OR NOT. I BECAME FRIENDS WITH HER,A FEW YEARS AGO, WHEN REGISTERING MY 2 PUSHCAR VEHICLES.. I HAVEN'T RECEIVED ANY EMAILS ASKING WHETHER,I'M STILL AVAILABLE THIS YEAR OR NOT. LAST YEAR, WE WERE OUT AT POMONA,FOR THE GNRS AND STOPPED IN,THE MUSEUM AND WAS TOLD,SHE WAS BATTLING CANCER. I WAS JUST WONDER IF SHE'S STILL ALIVE,NOW. THANK YOU.
Dropped by today for my first visit...and found out you were closed for a memorial observation. That was a classy move on your part - but I am deeply bummed (as were others who pulled into the parking lot while I was there) that it wasn't clearly mentioned here or on the web site, as I had the opportunity to go Friday instead but chose Sunday. And I leave town tomorrow, when you're schedule to be closed. Hopefully you can get the word out in the future when something like this comes up.
https://youtu.be/z2Wg26N1NpM Pie does Amazing Fabrication and Chassis work
Not happy that I drove an hour only to find the museum closed at 3:50 on a Sunday afternoon even though your website and phone recording both said open till 5.
Is the Museum open Mon after the Finals. I can't get hold of anyone by phone or email. The website says there are special hours around Pomona events, but there are no details. Thanks
I would like to know as much as I can about this car. I've went to NHRA web site, but couldn't or don't know to find the archives. It was raced mostly in North East by George Nichol, it did win the springnationals at Englishtown. I am the long process of restoring it. The last picture was when I found it and brought it home. It had been that garage for at least 20 years and not many knew where it was.
Just wondering if anybody would have a idea how old this pin is?
What are the days/hours museum is open? I didn't see that on the website.
NHRA Motorsports Museum you've been added to the map of automotive museums to visit in the US!