California is considered to be the birthplace of hot rodding and
also drag racing, so it is very appropriate that in that
State, there be a museum dedicated to the history of both.
The NHRA (National
Hot Rod Association) Museum is located on the grounds of the Pomona
Fairgrounds, which also happens to be the home of Pomona Dragstrip.
This is one of the premiere drag racing facilities in the world
and is one of the few remaining in the Los Angeles area - which
used to be home to probably dozens of facilities. It is also less
than 30 minutes away from Fontana, which is where I was for the
JGTC-USA race on Saturday December 18.
If you were
wondering why there was no report on the activities from Sunday,
this is why. I felt the urge to get out a bit and see the surrounding
sights, and this was one of them. Plus it gave me a chance to sample,
in depth, some California made horsepower. Thanks, Jack!!!
On the surface,
drag racing is a simple sport. It is simply to get from point a
to point b the fastest. Over the years, as in any sport, rules and
regulations have been introduced. These have usually been focused
on improving safety, for both the driver and the spectators. As
some of these attached photos show, it probably was a good idea
to look into the safety, especially for the drivers.
are simply a few examples of the cars present in the museum. It
is not just the cars that shine here though. It is the history itself,
as all sorts of pieces of history are on display, all contributing
to showing the history of a sport that is uniquely American in its