Art Arfons and Wally Parks with the Trophy for Top Speed, NHRA Nationals, Detroit Dragway, 1959

Summary

Wally Parks (1913-2007) organized some of the first hot rod shows, served as the first editor of Hot Rod magazine, and -- in 1951 -- founded the National Hot Rod Association. Illegal street racers gave hot rodding a bad reputation, but Parks's NHRA legitimized drag racing with competition rules, safety regulations, and off-street dragstrips. Parks turned hot rod races into family entertainment.

Wally Parks (1913-2007) organized some of the first hot rod shows, served as the first editor of Hot Rod magazine, and -- in 1951 -- founded the National Hot Rod Association. Illegal street racers gave hot rodding a bad reputation, but Parks's NHRA legitimized drag racing with competition rules, safety regulations, and off-street dragstrips. Parks turned hot rod races into family entertainment.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

circa 1985

Subject Date

1959

Creators

Rickman, Eric 

Petersen Publishing Company 

Creator Notes

Photographed by Eric Rickman. Published by Petersen Publishing Company in Hot Rod magazine.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2006.54.10

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Resin-coated paper

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.875 in

Width: 10 in

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