Where do dragsters go when they’re too old to perform on the dragstrip? They either get scraped or put away in a barn somewhere and are forgotten. But some of them make it to go to a place you might call Dragster Heaven: The NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California.
It was NHRA’s founder Wally Parks longest dream to establish a museum where he could present the history of hot rodding and drag racing. After years of planning and arranging, the museum opened on April 4, 1998. It is housed in a 28’500 square feet building on the edge of the historic Los Angeles County Fairplex.
The museum’s task is to celebrate the impact of motorsports on our culture. They collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the vehicles, stories and artifacts that represent our affection for automotive speed and style in all its forms. At the museum, there’s pretty much everything: You’ll see Hot Rods, Kustoms, Race Cars used for land speed records, Dragsters from all times and ages, and a lot more.
In addition to this, the museum features an impressive collection of vintage and historical photographs, trophies, helmets, driving uniforms, artifacts, paintings, car club plaques, and other memorabilia chronicling more than 60 years of American motorsports.
If you’re in the LA area, you definitely have to go check out the NHRA Motorsports Museum. We know that Pomona is not really around the corner and the drive down from LA can take almost two hours – depending on traffic – but this is not just some museum, it’s one of those “have-to-visit” places in SoCal. Plus, there’s quite a few other interesting spots to go check out in the Pomona area like SoCal Speed Shop, Walden Speed Shop, Early Ford Store and a little back west, the Justice Brothers shop and museum.
We’ll be telling you all about those places and some more in summer when we’re back again in Pomona for the annual LA Roadster Show.