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The '''[[Wally Parks]] [[NHRA]] Motorsports Museum''', presented by the [[Automobile Club of Southern California]], is located at [[Fairplex]], 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Bldg. 3A, in [[Pomona, California|Pomona]], [[California]] 91768, [[USA]]. It houses a collection of memorabilia, automobiles and motorcycles related to the sport of hot rodding. Among other exhibits are one of [[A.J. Foyt]]'s Coyote [[American Championship Car Racing|Indy Cars]], [[Kenny Bernstein]]'s first dragster to reach speeds in excess of {{convert|300|mi/h|km/h|abbr=on}}, the Bob McClung helmet and photo collection, a collection of [[Indy 500]] credentials and artifacts from early events in the history of [[land speed record]]s and [[hot rod]]s. Temporary exhibits have also been created to honor participants in hot rodding 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." The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. except on [[Easter]], [[Thanksgiving]] and [[Christmas]]. == Museum structure == The Museum is structured as a non-profit organization under the laws of the United States, section 501 (c) 6 of the Internal Revenue Code. The curator is Greg Sharp. The Executive Director is [[Tony Thacker]]. The Museum produces and benefits from two annual Hot Rod Reunions. The [[Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion]] is held in [[Columbus, Ohio]] at [[National Trail Raceway]], in June of each year. The [[NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion]] is held in [[Bakersfield, California]], in October each year. == Museum history == The Museum was created by a group of long-time NHRA staff led by founder [[Wally Parks]], for whom the Museum was re-named on his 90th birthday. The [[Automobile Club of Southern California]] stepped in as the presenting sponsor of the Museum. [[Steve Gibbs]], now a retired vice-president of NHRA, led the team that reconditioned a WPA-built {{convert|28000|sqft|m2|abbr=on}}. building on the grounds of the [[Los Angeles County Fairplex]] to house the Museum. The Museum opened to the public April 4, 1998. == External links == * [http://museum.nhra.com/ Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum website] * [http://twitter.com/WallyParks Wally Parks is twittering?] {{coord missing|Los Angeles County, California}}