Gallery of Speed, the new American car culture experience, opens at NHRA Museum
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California has opened its new interactive exhibit hall Gallery of Speed, which vividly re-creates historical moments in American motorsports and car culture.
Art Chrisman's famed No. 25 and the Albertson Olds are featured in the drag racing portion of the new display.
The Gallery of Speed brings to life the humble beginnings of the NHRA and how motorsports have impacted the world through innovation, engineering, and design.
“The new Gallery of Speed is not just an exhibit but an entirely new learning experience with a unique look into the fascinating world of hot rodding and motorsports,” the NHRA Museum’s Executive Director Larry Fisher said. “Here we will begin to tell the stories of the great American hot rod and, those who built and raced them, in a new light. We will not only celebrate the cars but the people, the engineering, the science, and the sheer audacity of those who pushed the limits in their pursuit of speed.”
The Gallery of Speed features four new focal areas: the origins of hot rodding, land speed racing, the early days of the NHRA, and the influence of custom car design. The eye-opening exhibit offers a unique collection of historical vehicles, artifacts, interactive touchscreens, images, oral histories, life-sized sculptures designed by Weldon Exhibits, and other memorabilia.
The Gallery of Speed will spark the visitor’s quest for knowledge. The exhibit is designed to be a fun learning experience sprinkled with hands-on activities and touchscreens focused on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). Visitors can customize their own hot rod, learn the "language of hot rodding," and listen to candid stories from NHRA Founder Wally Parks and other motorsports legends.
“We wanted to develop a new approach to learning about the history of hot rodding, motorsports, and the individuals who influenced American car culture,” said Greg Sharp, curator of the NHRA Motorsports Museum. “I believe that the new Gallery of Speed will capture the visitor’s imagination and inspire all ages for years to come. It’s an exhibit our founder Wally Parks would be very proud of.”
Visitors will also want to browse an assortment of gifts and keepsakes in the museum’s newly renovated and expanded retail store. Take home a distinctive reminder of your visit to the NHRA Motorsports Museum. Also, learn about upcoming events and sign up to become an exclusive museum member. Many museum gifts are available to purchase online at www.nhramuseum.org.
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The NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona, Calif., on the Fairplex grounds. From the 10 West, exit Fairplex Drive.