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Our Heroes

AK Miller Tribute at the Wally Parks

AK Miller Tribute at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Pomona, CA Pictures By Roger Rohrdanz Story & Captions By Richard Parks   Ak Miller... by Richard Parks Ak Miller is a legend among racers. Which means that he doesn't need to embellish his exploits, for we do that for him. Ak's done about everything a racer wants to do. He's...... read more...

In Memory of Roger Lick Custom Car Icon

  In Memory of Roger Lick Custom Car IconBy Dick “Fuzzy: Fuerholzer AS YOU ALL KNOW, ROGER LICK OF DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 24, 2005. ROGER WAS ONE OF THE CUSTOM CAR WORLDS ICONS HAVING WORKED WITH DAVE PUHL, JOHN MALIK, AND DICK SCULLY @ TREND AUTOMOTIVE, AND LATER DARRYL STARBIRD. HE OWNED MANY A CARS THROUGH OUT...... read more...

The 3rd Annual Racing Memorabilia Auction

2005 NHRA Motorsports Museum3rd Annual Racing Memorabilia Auction Hot Rod Reunion Honorees NamesFebruary 11-12, 2005 Sent In By: Bill Groak Bidding Fast on History Third annual racing memorabilia auction at Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum tallies more than $20,000; Mickey Thompson’s rare mini dragster sold for $3,500 POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 11...... read more...

Dick Dean...

If you're a "Rodder" or Custom Car Fan….. You know Dick Deans Cars ! Much of the work Dick has done over his 40 odd years in the business has been done in the shops of, or in collaboration with, other builders such as Geoge Barris, Dean Jefferies, and the like.  Thus, Dick's nickname, "The Ghost-Builder".  We are going to let you in on some of...... read more...

Dick Dean's Mercs

  Take A Look At Some  "Dean Mercs"…...                 A "Dean" Classic - Chopped Top,  Flush mounted fiberglass fender skirts, sunken antenna, shaved doors and trunk! How Many Times Do You Think This Sight Was Seen At Dicks Shop ? .. roll em in  …..     And Then The Work Begins ~   or should we say   Magic ….     Aren't  These Great Cars...... read more...

The Mervette

  Take a look at this 1940 Mercury. It's widened, chopped, made into a hard top and the 1986 Corvette Chassis was shortened to fit.     We finally got it done after 2 1/2 years.  And, too much money ! That's why I call it the Kopper Penny, I spent my last...... read more...

Cars of The Stars … and Films from Dick Dean

               Though we love most  the "Customs"  Dick Dean has mastered over the years, helping us to relive our  yester-years…. we also admire the work Dick  has done  for the film industry and for many of the car enthusiasts in entertainment.   We want you to see some of those cars ~ the cars that  were as much the "star of the show" as some...... read more...

Living Legends

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Story & Pics By William Groak When legends speak, people listen.  And when the legends are from the performance and racing industry and they share tales from their storied pasts, people laugh, cry, and more importantly, remember the early days.  Such was the scene at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum...... read more...

The Edelbrock Family, Company Honored At Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

December 2004 By Bill Groak   Vic Edelbrock Jr., was speechless ....... almost! Standing in front of a highly vocal group of more than 350 of his friends, family, employees, and industry associates at the podium in The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum’s Hall of Champions, a visibly emotional Vic Jr., looked upward and said, ‘My dad is watching...... read more...

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Auction

Pomona, CA February 19, 2004 Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum Sets New Revenue Record at Fun, Festive Memorabilia Auction With lively auctioneers entertaining the audience and smooth-talkin’ Dave McClelland explaining the historical significance of every item, participants at the special racing-themed memorabilia auction at the Wally Parks...... read more...

Ford Racing Celebration at Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum

Thanks to Bill Groak  for sending in this great little snapshot of a memorable get together…... Moderator Dave McClelland holds up an old Hot Rod book from the '50's featuring Alex  Xydias So Cal Speed Shop Cars ! POMONA, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2003) - What happens when six pioneers in motorsports get together to swap race stories? Well, when it...... read more...

“JUNGLE JIM” LIBERMAN 1969 NOVA FUNNY CAR

“JUNGLE JIM” LIBERMAN 1969 NOVA FUNNY CAR June 4th, 2010 On the Track at Atco Raceway ATCO, NJ Pictures By: Al Liebmann I had the Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to see what I call the Holy Grail of Funny Cars, “Jungle Jim” Liberman’s Nova. It has been totally restored back to the way it was in 1969 when the One and Only..Clare Sanders, aka:...... read more...

Land Speed Record Holder Harold Johansen Jr Still Active in his 80’s!

Land Speed Record Holder Harold Johansen Jr Still Active in his 80’s! One of the real treats at SEMA this year, was the chance to meet and talk with Harold Johansen and see his new car which was unveiled at SEMA. Harold is a legend in Landspeed Racing, being one of the longest continuing racers in landspeed history. Harold ran his first race in...... read more...

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