NHRA Museum Pomona CA June 2017

The NHRA Museum in Pomona is almost always on the "to do" list when we are down south. 

This was my fifth or sixth trip there.  Unfortunately, it may also be my last. 

Don't get me wrong.  I enjoy seeing the race cars every time I go there.  But therein lies the problem.  The new director has opted to focus the collection strictly on racing and has only added more dragsters to the collection at the expense of the hot rods they used to show.  Any time you find Norm Grabowski's Kookie Car and Tommy Ivo's T-bucket shoved off in a corner it says something about what they are trying to accomplish.  You'll see lots of pictures in the display cases but the explanations are now limited to a sentence or two.  The great discussions of the sport's icons (with the exception of the Gale Banks exhibit that takes up one end of the building and has been there for years) aren't there anymore.  I was hoping to see the Barnie Navarro exhibit but it was gone.  They usually have had a few customs but that was limited to the 1961 AMBR winner this trip and it isn't really a custom in the classic sense.

Oh, I suppose I'll go back again.  It is a great way to give wifey a break from me and the entry fee is certainly affordable at between $7 and $10 depending on your age.  Don't expect to spend much on souvenirs.  They've just about done away with the gift shop.  Too bad. The museum once had so much going for it.

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So that's it for this week.  Sorry I sound a bit negative about the Museum.  I just really believe they've missed a huge opportunity to educate potential hot rodders about the history and tradition of our passion.  Still a worthwhile venue if you are in the neighborhood.

Thanks for lookin'.