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75th Anniversary of the 1933-’34 Ford Model 40
to be Celebrated in a New Exhibit at the
Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Jan. 23, 2009

 

The “California Kid,” “Jake’s” Coupe, and the Super Bell Coupe will be
reunited for the first time in 20 years, along with other Model 40s.

POMONA, Calif. – Model 40, arguably one of Ford’s sleek exhibit at the Wally Parks NHRA Mo June 2009.

“The 1933-’34 Ford Model 40 was a very important car both for Ford and for hot rodders. It helped pull Ford out of the depression and powered racers from Indy to El Mirage. It’s an important milestone anniversary that the Parks
Museum’s is excited to celebrate,” said Tony Thacker, executive director of the museum. “This exhibit is for all the racers and rodders who embraced the Model 40.”

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The stylish Jake Jacob's Coupe (built in 1973) joins the line up of some of hot rod history's most impeccable custom Ford's at the Parks NHRA Museum's 75th Anniversary of the 1933-34 Ford Model 40 exhibit.

The exhibit, presented by Steve’s Auto Restorations, Intercity Lines and The Rodder’s Journal, will feature a number of legendary 1933-’34 Ford hot rods, including the Pierson Brothers’ Coupe; the SO-CAL Coupe; the famed Mooneyham & Sharp 554 car (courtesy of Don Garlits’ Museum of Drag Racing); and the Allison V-12-powered Big Al. Representing the hot rod community will be the California Kid, the Super Bell Coupe, Jake Jacobs’ coupe and, just announced, Billy F Gibbons’ Eliminator made famous in rock band ZZ Top’s award-winning music videos. Other cars will also be on display, including the new, all-steel ’34 3-window coupe from Steve’s Auto Restorations. The exhibit will also include
photographs, memorabilia and artifacts that tell the story of the iconic 1933-’34 Ford.

As part of the Museum’s ongoing education program, there will be a Model 40 panel discussion on Sat., Jan. 24, 2009 in conjunction with the Grand National Roadster Show. Presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, the panel discussion, which begins at 5 p.m., will include Pete Chapouris (of Pete and Jake’s fame and the current owner of the SO-CAL Speed Shop), Steve Frisbie of exhibit sponsor Steve’s Auto Restorations, Brian Brennan, editor of Street Rodder magazine. The moderator will be Larry Erickson, designer of CadZZilla and the Aluma Coupe and chairperson of automotive design at Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies. The cost of the panel discussion will be $25 per person which includes museum entrance and light refreshments.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary and named for the founder of the National Hot Rod Association, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California houses the very roots of hot rodding. Scores of famous vehicles spanning American motorsports history are on display, including winning cars representing 50 years of drag racing, dry lakes and salt-flat racers, oval track challengers and exhibits describing their colorful backgrounds.

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., PST. Current NHRA members are admitted free and Auto Club members enjoy a $2 discount. Admission for nonmembers is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older, $5 for juniors six through 15, and free for children under the age of five. The Museum is also available for special group tours. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Ave. in Pomona. For further information on special exhibits, museum events or directions, call 909/622-2133 or visit http://museum.nhra.com.

If you are planning to visit the Museum during the Grand National Roadster Show or at any time Click on the PDF file to down load or print the Itinerary of upcoming events for the museum

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