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Speed Titans Gather at Inaugural Ford-Cobra-Shelby Reunion

The fabulous Ford Cobra Shelby Reunion held this past Saturday at the NHRA Motorsports Museum was a celebration for the titans of speed. More than a 1,000 spectators participated in the day-long festivities which included a jaw-dropping Show N Shine display, a racing legends panel discussion, a new exhibit, and a special banquet. Celebrating one of automotive history's most iconic cars Carroll Shelby's Cobra, the Reunion brought together an amazing group of former Shelby employees, racing legends, and Ford Cobra Shelby aficionados.

From Mustangs to Cobras, more than 150 collector cars in every color lined the Museum parking lot. It was a spectacular sight and hundreds of spectators were bombarded at every turn with beautiful cars. There was everything under the Ford Cobra and Shelby sun including one rare King Cobra as well as celebrity guests such as Grand Marshal Parnelli Jones, Bob Bondurant, Pete Brock, Don Prudhomme and others.

Marlen Motorsports put together a nice road course for a dozen driving participants on Friday and Saturday at the Fairplex grounds. A parade lap on the vintage course brought back fond memories for those who raced here in the 50s and 60s. Photographer's clamored around the track to capture a treasured moment for participants and racing legends. After all, they were reliving old race days on the vintage track.

A panel discussion with half a dozen racing legends kept a crowded room of attentive listeners entertained with stories and adventures of racing and working with Carroll Shelby. The Reunion was made extra special when Parnelli Jones presented the Museum with his original 1970 Mustang Funny Car driven by Danny Ongais to be part of the Museum's collection. The presentation was gladly accepted by Museum Curator Greg Sharp who mentioned that this is a treat to have the most complete Funny Car of the era and a very special honor for the Museum.

A new exhibit, "Speed Merchants of Venice" honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Cobra was unveiled to a welcoming crowd. Eight unique Cobras are featured in the exhibit as well as never-before-seen photographs from Carroll Shelby's personal archive. El Cid proudly stands at attention in the entrance of the exhibit. The exhibit will remain open for the public through December 2012.  A special banquet in the evening closed out the Reunion where monies raised were donated to the Museum and the Carroll Shelby Foundation.  The Reunion will be the start of a tradition and this won't be the last Ford Cobra Shelby Reunion!

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A special thank you to all event sponsors: AirAid, Baer Brakes, Denbeste Motosports, Fulltone Musical Products, Inc. and Prolong Lubricants.


 

 

 

NHRA Museum

The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California, long a dream of NHRA founder Wally Parks, opened to the public April 4, 1998, after years of planning and months of hard work cataloging and arranging the exhibit. Housed in a 28,500-square-foot building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex, the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum's mission is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture. We collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the vehicles, stories, and artifacts that represent our affection for, and the influence of, automotive speed and style in all its forms. We are the place to view and learn about hot rods, customs, racecars and speed records, and the West Coast's role as the historic center for their past and present development.

The Museum features an impressive array of vintage and historical racing vehicles –- nearly 50 at the Grand Opening -- along with photographs, trophies, helmets and driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 50 years of American motorsports. A gift shop offers a wide variety of souvenir items. The Museum is open during the annual Los Angeles County Fair. Please check the Fairplex website for hours of operation and admission prices (www.fairplex.com). Museum admission is just $1 with regular paid Fair admission ticket. 

HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Extended hours during the NHRA Winternationals and NHRA Finals. Also, hours change during the annual Los Angeles County Fair.

HOLIDAYS WE ARE CLOSED: Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

ADMISSION PRICES: Current NHRA members are admitted free. Admission for non-members is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 60 and older, $6 for juniors 6 through 15, and free for children under the age of 5. AAA discount available. 

HOW TO GET HERE: From the 10 fwy east, exit White Avenue, proceed North, turn left on McKinley Avenue, enter Fairplex Gate 1. From the 210 fwy, exit Fruit Avenue, proceed South, turn right on McKinley Avenue. The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum is located at Fairplex Gate 1, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue in Pomona. Call us at (909) 622-2133.

     

 

Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Building 3A
Pomona CA, 91768
Museum Main Number: 909-622-2133
Museum Fax Number: 909-622-1206
Reunion Hotline: 909-622-8562
[email protected]