The Mongoo$e Journals
MY FRIENDS, BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, THE SEASON WILL SOON BE COMING TO A CLOSE, BUT ONE OF THE BIGGEST RACES REMAINS: THE AUTO CLUB NHRA FINALS.
For those of you fortunate enough to attend the race, let me make a suggestion: The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum has been working overtime to enhance your Finals experience, so keep the museum in mind when you’re making your plans.
First off, when you visit, it’s gonna be free. So you’re ahead of the game from the start. And, to make it easier, they’re extending the time they’ll be open: Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday evening, they’re once again hosting the Auto Club Night of Champions at 6:30.
It’s a neat deal, featuring legends and current racers. It gives you a chance to ask questions and hear some great bench-racing stories, and it’s free.
On Saturday, there’s another reason to swing by the museum, it’s the Racing Collectible Show. I never miss going, because the vendors have such amazing stuff you need to have. It’s crazy what you’ll find there. It goes on from 9 until 9, and— you guessed it—it’s also free.
Something else to keep in mind: you can ride the (free) tram at Gate J, near the main spectator entrance, to and from the museum. It’s a really handy service that the museum is providing.
While you’re at the track, if you venture out of the stands to stretch your legs, walk over to the museum-sponsored Hot Rod Junction, just inside the main spectator entrance. It will feature nostalgia nitro dragsters that will be fired up, plus a bunch of bitchin’ hot rods and street rods for you to check out.
One more thing, I’ll be in the pits during the race. You can find me at my good friend Randy Ranew’s Red Line Shirt Club booth, located by the main spectator entrance, close to the Hot Rod Junction and the museum’s souvenir trailer. Be sure to stop by to say hello.
On a sad note, NorCal racer Ted Taylor passed away recently. Owner/driver of the WW-2 Nostalgia T/F, he pretty much owned the class from the early- to mid-’90s. Ted will be missed.