Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
The Automobile Club of Southern California’s Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex. It houses a collection of hot rod automobiles and motorcycles.
After years of planning, the NHRA Museum was created by NHRA founder Wally Parks, and it opened to the public April 4, 1998. Located in a 28,500 sq. ft. building the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum celebrates the impact of motorsports on our culture. The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits the vehicles, stories, and artefacts that represent affection for, and influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. This is a the place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, race cars and speed records.
The Museum features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles –- nearly 50 at the Grand Opening, and many more to date– along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 60 years of American motorsports. A gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenir items, books and apparel.
The Museum’s “Chrisman, Brinker Gallery of Speed” officially opened in 2014. This addition showcased all aspects of American Hot Rodding with life sculptures and interactive displays.
Among the exhibits are one of A. J. Foyt‘s Coyote Indy Cars, Kenny Bernstein‘s first dragster to reach speeds in excess of 300 mph (480 km/h), the Bob McClung helmet and photo collection, a collection of Indianapolis 500 credentials and artifacts from early events in the history of land speed records and hot rods. Temporary exhibits have also been created to show respect for participants in hot rods including Vic Edelbrock, Don Prudhomme, the 1932 Ford, Track Roadsters, Parnelli Jones, and the So-Cal Speed Shop. In 2008, the museum began hosting a special exhibition dedicated to Gale Banks and his contributions to the sport of drag racing. The exhibit is entitled “Banks Power: The First 50 Years.”