Sometimes you discover an unknown destination right in your own back yard. That is what the girls and I did when we were looking for a place to take Hubby on Farther’s Day. It was going to be over 110 degrees, so cool was definitely on the agenda. We figured everybody and their brother would be headed for the beach. When it is as hot as it was on Father’s Day, the mountains also get warm. Not as warm as down below, but warm enough to make walking around outside a little toasty. So an indoor activity it was. Hubby loves anything to do with cars so we googled “Southern California Car Museums” and, low and behold, one popped up just a half hour from our house. Surprise!
Located at the Fairplex in Pomona is the Wally Parks National Hot Rod Association Motorsports Museum. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 60 and juniors 6-15 and free for children 5 and under. A discount is also given if you show your AAA card.
The central part of the museum tells the story of how hot rodding and drag racing began and how Wally Parks was instrumental in it becoming a sport. The galleries on either side show off all kinds of drag racing cars from the late 40s to today. It is amazing to see how these cars have changed over the years. There are even a couple of well-placed benches, so you can sit down, just in case some in your party may want to linger over the displays a little longer than others! LOL!
Hot rods and drag racing were truly born in America, and this is a great place to learn all about these American institutions. They even have a drag racer you climb into for a photo op. Just ask Hubby, even with the side of the car cut away, it wasn’t easy getting into the car. But he loved it anyway. I mean, how often do you get to sit in a real professional drag racer?
The museum’s website is located at nhramuseum.org
It is located on the Fairplex grounds – Gate 1 -Very easy to reach from the 10 freeway
1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Building 3A, Pomona CA, 91768