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The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum News

McKernan Named Chairman

Thomas V. McKernan, chairman of the board of the Automobile Club of Southern California, will serve as the museum’s board chairman. In this role, McKernan succeeds Alex Xydias, NHRA founder Wally Parks’ longtime friend and So-Cal Speed Shop founder. Xydias will continue to be an active board member, a role he has served in since 2010.

“I am truly honored to be taking on this new role for the museum,” said McKernan, who, along with the Auto Club, has been a tremendous supporter of the museum and NHRA at all levels of the sport. “This is a wonderful opportunity to ensure that we are meeting Wally Parks’ dream: to influence, collect, and interpret drag racing’s rich history for a diverse community.”

“We have a great board of directors, and I’m delighted to have McKernan assume the role as chairman,” said Xydias. “He has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the museum and passion for the sport. He is a tremendous asset for the museum.”


Quarter-Mile Courtyard: VIP Experience at CHRR

Looking for an up-close and personal experience at the 21st annual NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion presented by Automobile Club of Southern California?  Choose the Quarter-Mile Courtyard (QMC) for exclusive starting-line grandstand seating as well as some extra premiums.

There’s no place like Auto Club Famoso Raceway for the best in nostalgia drag racing, and the annual reunion (Oct. 19-21) is the only place to enjoy three full days of racing like in the early days with hot rods, legends, and more. This year, the reunion celebrates 21 lucky years, and event organizers are doubling down that this year is going to be another hit. QMC tickets are only $165 for the entire weekend, and you get:
• exclusive starting-line grandstand seating for all three days (best seat in the house for Saturday’s Cacklefest)
• private food and beverage vendors
• private restrooms
• hospitality tent and shaded seating
• VIP parking
• daily surprise giveaways

If you have already purchased a regular three-day credential and would like to upgrade to the Quarter-Mile Courtyard for an additional cost, call the ticket office, 800-884-6472. To purchase tickets, log on to or call 800-884-NHRA (6472).

 Participates In Blue Star Museums

The museum has joined more than 1,800 museums nationwide in this summer’s Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums participants give free admission to all active-duty military members and their families through Labor Day.

“The Blue Star Museum program gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for the dedication and service of our military men and women and thank their families for supporting them,” said Wally Parks NHRA Museum Curator Greg Sharp.

Currently on exhibit are a number of collections that would interest both collectors and noncollectors, including Neon and the American Road, Moon: Six Decades of a Hot Rodding Eye- Con, and Cobra 50th Anniversary.

1101 W. McKinley Ave., Bldg. 3A,
Pomona, CA 91768
fax: 909-622-1206
Museum hours:
Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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