The NHRA Museum

Photography by Gary Horrocks


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.

The following 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 roots.
Gary Horrocks

         
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A Line Up Of Dragsters From The 60s
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A Modern Day Funny Car, Yes It Is A Mustang
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A Traditional American Hot Rod
         
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Ball Of What What Did Not Pass Tech Back then
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Is This A V4 x V8
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It Does Not Get Much Simpler Than This
         
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One Of The Many Don Garlits Swamp Rats
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Only iin America And It Is 4 Wheel Drive
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The Stone Woods And Cook Willys Gasser Was One Of The Most Successful In The 60s
         
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This Is Where Some Of The WWII Drop Tanks Ended Up
 

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This Plymouth Went 166 On The Beach At Daytona And 183 At Bonneville

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4.6 liter supercharged V8 - in Steve Saleen's own road car. The model type is Saleen S 281 Extreme. 445HP and 450 ft-lbs of torque . One of the perks of writing for dsc! Gary hasn't thought of any others yet...
         
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