Setting Top Speedand Low E.T. for Motorsports Museums
The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by Automobile Club of Southern California recently opened its new interactive exhibit hall, the Gallery of Speed, which brings to life significant moments in American motorsports and car culture.
The Gallery of Speed allows you to step back to the humble beginnings of the NHRA and experience how hot rodding and motorsports have touched our lives through innovation, engineering and design.
I believe that the new Gallery of Speed will capture the visitor’s imagination and inspire all ages for years to come. It’s an exhibit our founder Wally Parks would be very proud of.
“The new Gallery of Speed is not just an exhibit, but an innovative and original learning experience providing a unique look into the fascinating world of hot rodding and motorsports,” the NHRA Museum’s Executive Director Larry Fisher said. “Here we will begin to tell the stories of the great American hot rod, and those who built and raced them, in a new light. We will not only celebrate the cars, but the people, the engineering, the science and the sheer audacity of those who pushed the limits in their pursuit of speed.”
The Gallery of Speed features five focal areas: The origins of hot rodding, land speed racing, the early days of the NHRA and the influence of custom car design. The immersive exhibit offers a fascinating assemblage of historical vehicles, artifacts, interactive touchscreens, images, oral histories, life-sized sculptures designed by Weldon Exhibits and other articles of historical and cultural significance.
The Gallery of Speed will ignite the visitor’s quest for knowledge regarding this intriguing aspect of our culture. The exhibit is designed to be a fun learning experience combined with hands-on activities and touchscreens focused on S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Visitors can customize their own hot rod, learn the language of hot rodding and listen to candid and inspiring stories from NHRA founder Wally Parks and other motorsports legends.
“We wanted to develop a new approach to learning about the history of hot rodding, motorsports and the individuals who influenced American car culture,” said Greg Sharp, curator of the NHRA Motorsports Museum. “I believe that the new Gallery of Speed will capture the visitor’s imagination and inspire all ages for years to come. It’s an exhibit our founder Wally Parks would be very proud of.”
The museum’s newly renovated retail store offers a wide variety of unique and interesting gifts and keepsakes, providing visitors the opportunity to take a reminder of their experience with them.
The NHRA Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information, visit Nhramuseum.org.
The New Gallery of Speed Brings Years of America’s Love Affair With Hot Rodding Vividly to Life