POMONA, Calif. – Greg Sharp knows his dry lakes racing history, and now he’s become part of it. Sharp, the curator of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, was recently named Historian of the Year by the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Buellton, Calif. He was given the award “in recognition of his many racing achievements and contributions to dry lakes racing.”
“I’m honored to be recognized by folks at the Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame,” said Sharp. “I really respect what they do to preserve the sport, and they deserve a lot of credit for maintaining the illustrious history of dry lakes racing.”
“The award is befitting of a racing historian like Greg,” said Tony Thacker, executive director of the Parks Museum. Sharp’s love affair with hot rods and dragsters began when he was a highly curious “car-crazy” 12-year-old who devoured the pocket-sized enthusiast magazines of the 1950s.
Absorbing their contents like a sponge, Sharp has become an expert on the history of hot rodding and virtually all forms of motorsports.Sharp is a former Los Angeles police officer who uses his storehouse of knowledge to write hundreds of magazine articles, ranging from the history of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster to pieces on notable Indy cars to personalities from A.J. Foyt to George Barris.
But Sharp doesn’t just read and write about hot rods – he became a hot rodder himself, participating in all forms of the sport. He has driven street roadsters at the Bonneville Salt Flats, judged custom car shows all over the country and owns a pristine rod: a ’41 Ford pickup.For more information about the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, Calif.,call 909-622-2133 or go to https://museum.nhra.com.